When my husband retired from the Navy after serving 20 years, we took a road trip out to the southwest by Jeep. My husband felt that is not enough to fight for our country – to protect our freedom; it is even more important to enjoy it. We sought the off road trails that were crooked, winding, lonesome and an even a tad bit dangerous. It leads us to the most amazing view of Moab’s public lands overlooking the Green River. Beyond the next turn of the canyon walls, we explored down into a desert of red rock, mesas, domes and pinnacles of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs. Wilderness is vital to the human spirit. So get out there, ramble out yonder and explore, and contemplate the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space that the public lands provide.
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