Thursday, April 14, 2011

Soul Stirring Utah

Sometimes certain places just resonate with my soul. I can tell instantly that a little piece of me feels at home or that I could be happy just sitting and thinking all day long while gazing at the land. Have you ever felt that way while visiting a new place? Maybe it's even a quiet place in your own back yard that makes your soul feel at home. Who would have thought, but I came across this feeling while my husband and I drove across Utah last week.


As we entered Utah, anticipation for seeing new land grew inside of me. Something told me that this place was going to be unique. It was definitely not like any part of the United States that I had seen before this drive. While driving further into Utah, I gasped at the scene that unfolded before us. The drive across Utah was like driving through a pop-up book, each page unfolding a new experience right before my eyes. I exclaimed to my husband that this was God's country! We drove through so many varied landscapes that I sometimes forgot we were still inside of Utah's state border. I snapped pictures on my camera as fast as I possibly could before we drove away to another photo worthy view. It was almost hard to keep up with the speed of the pickup! A glance in every direction held a picture perfect view. The beauty was almost unreal, but this was real beauty. Not the kind of "beauty" created by land developers, architects, and bankers. We drove across a large portion of Utah, and our drive had me wanting to see more of this state some day.


Part of our drive consisted of driving through some incredible rock, and it actually reminded me of Red Rocks in Colorado. I was amazed by layer upon layer of history right in front of our faces. I couldn't help but think about all of the history contained in each layer of rock. We might as well have been driving through a history museum, because that's surely how it felt at times. Some layers might hold fossils of living things that died long before our time. Others might contain memories of people who crossed this land long ago. It was hard not to think about everything these layers held inside of them. Driving through them sort of felt like passing through hallowed ground that you had to respect. I love when mother nature and the land make you think.


People, my father included, have told me multiple times that Utah is one of their very favorite places on planet earth. I used to shrug it off and think that no way could Utah be that amazing, but the country there is just hands down beautiful, and much of it is untouched, making it easier to appreciate the real beauty of the land. I know of few places like Utah, where the land goes for miles and miles untouched by human hands. There was something greater than human hands at work on the landscapes of Utah. The vistas were absolutely breathtaking. Sometimes we need to see new places with our own eyes in order to create a greater appreciation for the world. I am fortunate to have had this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Utah, even if it was just from the interstate, with my own eyes. Both my husband and I were blown away by the landscapes that we drove through while on our way through Utah. We're adding it to our list of special places. The beauty of this state made me smile through this transition we're going through in our life right now. Utah definitely stirred my soul.


Do you have any places that stir your soul?

11 comments:

  1. I never pictured Utah like this so thank you for the post! I think I need a vacation out West!

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  2. Cape Cod, MA is the place I feel connected to the most, no matter how far away I am.

    I have always wanted to visit Utah!

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  3. Beautiful pictures, Ashley! I love admiring God's work in nature. It truly is amazing. I love Hawaii and the Tahoe mountains!

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  4. wow those photos are stunning! I love the foliage in the Northeast in the fall, SO colorful.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE these images!

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  6. Those are breathtaking. Several people have told me Utah is beautiful. My favorite place is Big Sur. The ocean and the mountains all in one.

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  7. Ashley, these pictures are absolutely beautiful! Love that last one. This line, greater than human hands at work, is so true. Can we please go traveling together? I need some of these landscapes in my portfolio!

    Have a great night girlfriend!
    xoxo

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  8. Wow beautiful pictures! Thanks for the reminder that there's beauty all around us!

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  9. Even though I've been going there for more than twenty years, the Big House still stirs my soul! I'm positive that you know what I mean. :)

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  10. What a beautiful post!! I admire the view of my state through your eyes. I definitely need to think of it this way more often! And you definitely need to move here! ;)

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