My first experience in Utah was not the greatest. The unnecessary pullover by an overzealous cop because I had out of state plates. The ridiculous woman that yelled out me for walking up under an arch, which is totally allowed. The crazy amount of tourist at 6am. Sleeping in my car because I couldn’t find a place to set up my tent. Paying for one night in a motel room, what I would have paid for a week at a campsite. The ridiculous sunburn that I got. I mean…talk about red and even the breeze hurt but I digress. Not the greatest experience, but it had perks.
I absolutely loved the scenery and I wasn’t opposed to driving the highways and roads that ran through it. I can’t deny that it was a bit of heaven.
Off that main highway I was on sat a little cemetery up on a hill. I’ve seen plenty of cemeteries and this wasn’t like the rest. I’m not sure what it was, but there was something. It seemed like it both a garden and cemetery. It is also apparently a tourist type destination as picnic tables have been placed about. I don’t think it is for typical tourist, but for some other kind. I guess my kind of tourist. Not really sure what that is, but there are different types I think. I’m one of the other kind.
Not only did this little garden, memorial type cemetery have a ridiculous amount of lizards running amuck; a few visitors sat afoot. Or maybe guardians at this point. You can tell by their fur they had been there a while. Through the rain, the wind, and whatever else has come their way. They have been through it all. I suspect a few tears by those who left them.
These two seemed to be life long friends, placed together. One or two others sat by themselves. I can see the tiredness in the way they slouched and the sadness is in the reality of where they sit.
I saw not the dates on the plots where they sat, so I know not the age of that in which they watch over. Still, I wonder their story. Were they left by a devastated parent? Maybe a heartbroken child. Maybe they were left because the one that passed loved stuff animals. Or had them for years. I don’t know. It may not have been out of sadness at all. The possibilities are endless but limited, I’m sure. Still they have a story and I cannot help but be intrigued by what I see. They say so much without saying anything at all.
I hope that you like this picture. Until the next time: live, laugh, love, and let it ride.
~SMH, Montana Rose Photography~