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.

14th July, 2012
The lonesome, awesome West
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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