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Desert Solitare

'This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man , every woman carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown , actual or visionary.

A house boat in Kashmir a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a grey gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir county, a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront, or even, possibly for those of a less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio or Rome.

There is no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment. Theologians, sky pilots, astronauts have even felt the appeal of home calling to them from above in the cold black outback of interstellar space.'

-Edward Abbey

Well for MR Abbey it was Moab Utah, I can understand this i was lucky enough to be there a few years ago and I felt the appeal of the west. But now I'll take Alaska.

Outside the dull cities, there are settlements in the mountains and valleys and creeks, where the lodgings are wooden log cabins, each unique house I came across is more fantastic than the next in design and style. Some have boats and planes moored at the lakes out back, almost most have a 4*4 and ski mobile parked in the driveway out front. and best of all those totally American little mail boxes they have out on the street.

Yes Iíll take the Peters Creek, the Girdwood, the Palmer of Alaska. The amazing views and wilderness outside the cabin door, the silence vastness and beauty that surrounds. yep i can see me there now, on the side of some mountain, my red dodge pick up, my husky dog, my boat moored in at the lake, the swing on the front porch....So what if Winter is so extreme up here it turns people mad, 6 months of darkness, no indoor plumbing, harsh conditions......I could handle it......

2:43 p.m. - 2006-09-27


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