For the 200th week of my weekly 1-minute video series Moving Postcard (currently in its In A Colorado Minute phase), I wanted to do and show you something extra special. So my husband Scott, our dog Whiskey and I took a road trip down south to the only place in the United States where four states meet: Four Corners Monument.
The states are Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. But it should definitely not be forgotten that this landmark is actually on Navajo Nation land. So really it should be called “Four Corners in a Circle” or something like that.
The featured song in this week’s video is “Wasted Time” by Four Dollar Wine (aka Timo Sander + Scott Solary). Admittedly, I speed it up a tiny bit. Check out the song the way it was intended here: http://fourdollarwine.com/track/wasted-time
By the way, I just liked the song (especially because we listened to the whole album while driving around the Four Corners area) and in no way mean to imply that going to Four Corners is “wasted time.” While people had warned us that Four Corners is underwhelming, I have to disagree.
Some of my reasons: The landscape around there and on the drive from the North East is so stunning and certainly different from the landscapes I’m used to. I think that roadside attractions have a wonderful energy from all the travelers who have crisscrossed the globe to all stand in this one place. I guess, to me, American roadside attractions are the temples of the people worshiping travel, especially car travel. Last but not least, we had such fun hopping from state to state, taking goofy pictures (unfortunately, pets aren’t allowed in the center site, so we couldn’t get the desired picture of Whiskey with each of her paws in a different state), collecting souvenirs, shooting this video, and having a shot of Whiskey in each state.
By the way, me tossing the coin onto the quadripoint and then pushing it into another state’s corner with my foot is an homage to the scene in Breaking Bad (Season 4, Episode 6, “Cornered”) when Skyler tosses a coin to let fate decide if she should run or return to New Mexico and then moves the coin to a different quadrant. Sometimes we need to take fate into our own hands; Skyler did and so did I 😉
Our entire road trip during Week 200 was so amazing and brought to reality the Hunter S. Thompson quote I’ve taken as an inspiration ever since I first saw the illustration my friend Claire Webster drew for it (a copy of which now hangs in our house): “Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.” Check out the illustration on her “Clairikine. Transcultural comic & stuff” website: http://clairikine.blogspot.com
We saw so many cool places in the south of Colorado I would like to share with you that I have decided to change my approach to the weekly videos a little bit. Instead of shooting, editing and publishing a current video each week (the whole series started as a kind of journal for myself and a moving postcard from the current week to friends and family around the world), for the next few weeks and maybe longer I will sometimes publish a video with footage I have shoot not in that week but during a prior week or month. This way, I’ll be able to share videos shot during the 200th week in other weeks to come.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has watched 1 or 200 of my weekly videos. You are what keeps me going and inspires me to go out and explore every week. I’m so grateful for your views, comments, shares and the bonds we have created.
Last but not least, a thank you to everyone who has provided free music for this series!
You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from the Four Corners Monument