Arizona’s open terrain

Arizona's open roadsWhile continuing to drive westward in Arizona toward the Grand Canyon it becomes obvious the open terrain that is combined with the natural beauty.

Trains tracks along I-40 in ArizonaComing from a populated area in Florida, along with the heavy foliage, I enjoyed seeing the openness where you can see for miles.

The long trains looked so lonely as they regularly covered their routes going west and east.  I’m sure the train engineers appreciate the rails where they can “cruise” and not encounter so many crossings in metropolitan and rural locations.

Trains along I-40 in Arizona - 2

I didn’t research the impact of rail to the rural towns as compared to the Interstates but I think the rail actually helped the smaller towns.

Trains along I-40 in ArizonaI published an earlier post about a town in Louisiana and the impact of Interstate 10.  The train’s running through the town were eventually negatively affected by the Interstate expansion as well as the town.

Trains along I-40 in Arizona - 3Even as the trains continue to run through rural routes I doubt you’ll find one stopping in the towns as compared to years past when passengers would travel on them.  Many towns now don’t rely on trains for their individual supplies neither.

What about Native Americans?  We still don’t recognize the impact of our progress and growth to their lives.

19805336192_fa349d872d_oProgress happens.  It’s what we do with it that makes the major difference.

I still enjoy the remaining beauty though; and I’m thankful for efforts of our society to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Love and Blessings!


26 thoughts on “Arizona’s open terrain

  1. Those photos are just gorgeous! I’ve never been to that part of the country, but I do hope to make it there soon. Once my husband retires, we are going to travel so much more!

    1. Thank you Ann. It’s somewhat peaceful and the area seems to open up while traveling through or around. It’s worth a trip. I could certainly spend more time out there and will travel that direction a few more times in the coming years. 🙂

    1. I’m so glad. Thank you! Maybe these travels can be a quiet respite from the daily routine. I’ll point out certain things that may be of interest in the journey. 🙂

    1. I agree. It’s a relaxing feeling I get while traveling in the open areas away from city congestion and the fast-paced life, particularly at areas like the Grand Canyon.

  2. Arizona is extraordinarily beautiful, and your photos capture that spectacular geography so wonderfully well! Loved this post! Thank you for taking us on a journey through your photography!

    1. Awesome Kelly! Thank you for the kind words. You are doing quite well already. I’m glad to have you come along. If there is a location you would like to check further just let me know. I may have been there or may get by there in a reasonable time. 🙂

  3. Thank you for all these wonderful images of the scenic and always so beautiful West. I long to go out back there again, where all my favorite places travel are.

    1. My pleasure. Thank you. There is so much to explore and enjoy. I love the open sky feeling traveling in these areas. I’m planning more trips in the future.

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