Everywhere you travel, you can find stone. There are even countries where people, especially woman, are still being stoned. Hopefully that type of stone that will disappear soon, although I don’t hold out much hope for that. But there are many beautiful examples of stone, made by God or man-made. Here are few examples from my travels, for the travel theme of this week, “Stone.”
This stone provides an excellent view of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, a view we cherish every summer. Elevation here is around 7,000′ and one of the special joys is that there’s no cell phone coverage unless you get closer to the edge of the mountain range, down the road and to your left a short distance. There is now, however, internet, albeit slow internet, which makes my blogging life while on vacation much easier.
Imagine you’ve gotten rid of almost everything you own, packed the rest in a covered wagon, made your hot, dusty way across the Great Plains and as your team of oxen pull you slowly through South Dakota, you suddenly spot all this stone–the Badlands. While it might be better and easier to get around or through than the Rockies, I can’t imagine it brought joy to the hearts of the pioneers. However, it brings joy to a variety of animals and all humans who take the time to drive through and appreciate its beauty.
Glimpsed through a gap in an old Provencal wall, is a sight familiar to fans of le Tour de France. The top of Mont. Ventoux, Windy Mountain, is bare due to trees being taken for ship-building, beginning in the 12th century. Although areas are being reforested, the bald top rises majestically above everything else in the area.
When in Provence, it behooves you to visit at least a few wineries. Our favorites, at least so far, are located in the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC), “controlled designation of origin”, of Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. During visit to Chateau la Nerthe, I spotted this bit of stone in the courtyard. It was unfortunate that we could only bring back a few bottles of their outstanding wine, but they have begun importing to the US, so perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to find some for yourself. If not, I highly recommend a trip to Provence to buy some.