Thursday, July 31
Bud from Western Kansas and not entirely down on his luck but keeping it together. A divorce along the way did not help. He used to work a second job at the Montrose Town Hall bar, but notes that the young people today too rowdy or violent so he quit. On Montrose, where he has been for 20 years, "I just like it here."
Lead cover story, Montrose Daily Press: "Partners Hold Annual Pistol Shoot. It's time to lock and load for the third annual Partners Benefit Pistol Shoot coming up next weekend."
Me: “So how do you feel about it?”
Sonnet: “Good. It was a good show.”
The exhibition now goes to the US, starting with Minneapolis Institute of Art at Minneapolis St Paul, when it opens October 23.
1. Preposition. Contraction of between.
1250–1300; Middle English twene, aphetic variant of atwene
We joke about whose party bigger. I am certain not one person today could name a single song at Madeleine's disco.
Bill: “Well, there was this fellow that stood in front of me and I looked down on him for three reasons.”Me:
Bill: “One, he was a lower classman. Two: He was a second tenor and I was a first tenor and, finally, he stood on the riser below me. His name was Buddy Holly.”
Me: “Did he leave any impressions on you ?”
Bill: “It took Boom Bracker, another classmate, now an orthopedic surgeon, to remind me that Buddy and I sang in the same quire together. We had to check the yearbook. Buddy was 15 when I knew him, and died when he was 22 or 23 along with the Big Bopper in a private plane.”
It is not lost on me that the Griswolds visited Durango in the 1983 classic, National Lampoon's Family Vacation. Too close for comfort.
Spotted from the road:
Grand Junction: "Pawn Shop, Guns and Goodies!"
Grand Mesa: "Pawn & Gun, the area’s best! We exchange for guns of any kind."
Montrose: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, $299. Affordable and local.
Monday, July 28
While setting up for some photos we strike up a conversation with a middle-aged couple, bikers, from Fort Worth, Texas (both in body leathers) doing a four-week tour of the Western US. Their son, a Jr in college, married a British woman he met in a travelling band whilst in the UK. They were married last year and happy as clams. Or fish and chips. One thing nice about Americans : everybody says 'hello' and nobody afraid to share their story.
Sonnet: "Let's go and check out the The John Wesley Powell Museum about the early Colorado River and canyon explorers.”
Madeleine: “Oh, God.”
Eitan: “What?! We are not going to another museum. I am staying in the car.” [Dad's note: Eitan stays in the car]
Madeleine: “Can’t we just have a nice relaxing ride, with no biking or hiking ?"
Me: “No way, that’s not the way this family rolls .”
Sonnet: “Maybe we will stop at Green River and go for a bike ride.”
Madeleine: “Good, God, no.”
Sunday, July 27
"Chemical weathering, while less important, also helps break down the rocks at Bryce Canyon. Water picks up weak acids from the air and soil, dissolving the calcium carbonate cement, which holds the clay, silt, and sand particles together. The particles then fall away, helping in a small way to shape the formations."
--Park plaque, Rainbow Point vista
We walk the Sunset to Sunrise trail, which takes us from the upper edge of the Bryce Canyon (ampitheater) to below the hoodoos, or about a 5 mile, three hour hike in the 90-degree temperatures.
Museums: John Wesley Powell Museum, Green River, UT; Dinasaur Museum, Fruita, Colorado; History Museum, Grand Junction, CO; Uncompadre Natural History Museum (Grand Mesa, CO); Ute Museum, Montrose, CO
NB, Bryce is not actually a canyon but, instead, a bunch of horse-shoe ampitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The rock predominantly hard limestone but includes siltstones and mudstones which erode more quickly, leaving us our view. The geography "born" 30-40 million years ago during the Claron Formation when most of Western Utah covered in an ancient lake.
Me: “No. It’s how we are saving some money. Hit the gas, Sonnet.”
Madeleine: “But you can’t just do that !”
Me: “I’m Dad. I can do anything.’
Sonnet: “Madeleine don’t listen to your father.”
Saturday, July 26
Just beyond Checkerboard is the 1.1 mile Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel which, when completed in 1930, was the longest tunnel in the world, blasted through solid rock. The tunnel provides an easier way to access Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon parks. I am advised to remove my sunglasses. No shit.
Friday, July 25
Madeleine: “That’s a nice necklace.”
Antelope vendor: “I can do $35 on that one.”
The serenity broken by a geo uplift 75 million years ago creating a plateau two miles above sea level. From 6 million years ago, the Gulf of California enabled a large river to cut its way northeast from the gulf, capturing the older drainage systems, to form the Colorado River, which in turn started to form the Grand Canyon.
(Sources, park brochures and wiki)
Thursday, July 24
This reminds me of Walking Man.
Here are some museums we have gone by so far:
Wednesday, July 23
James Garner of the Rockford Files dies.
Madeleine: "Mr Beatty. He made Ireland interesting." [Dad's note: Mr Beatty was Madeleine's year-6 teacher and Irish]
Me: "Oh? What did you learn about Ireland?"
Me: "One thing. Please."
Madeleine: "I learned that there is a town there called Gaelic."
Madeleine: "What's so funny?"
By chance, the town rodeo in full swing and we join for the final action – bull tackling and lassoing and, of course, bucking bronco. This is real America. One of the best nights so far.