i was driving through the desert and had to keep reminding myself that the point of driving on this trip was to look at things. i was almost to new mexico. (that’s when i knew i’d feel i was really traveling because arizona was the furthest i had driven before this.) i came up over a rise in the road and there it was – scenery! not just endless desert, but something really beautiful with the clouds and the red rocks. of course, there was no shoulder to speak of, so i had to pull off onto a tiny road and find a semi-unobstructed view (and worry about my tires). it was so worth it.