Thursday August 6, 2020

The lonesome, awesome West

On a road trip from California to Arizona and back, Mary Kate O Flanagan marvels at the open spaces and falls in love with Los Angeles.

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The city of Sedona, at the foot of the famous Red Rocks of Sedona. Photo: Thinkstock

I struggle to find the word to describe how it feels driving across America. And the word I do find is so overused in California that it has become mundane: awesome.

As my air-conditioned vehicle traverses the vast emptiness of the American west, I think of the people who crossed these spaces in covered wagons. I'm guessing that they quickly got over the awe. I cannot help marvelling at their endurance of the people who...

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