What a tour of America’s Natural Wonders!
Utah and Arizona outside of city life is a completely different world, and an exhilarating and frightening experience all in one.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Westworld. Pretty much every western ever filmed. It was incredible to see just how freaking amazing mother nature truly is, and how small we really are in the grand scheme of the cosmos.
My brother and I took an extended excursion to test out “Chateau Charles” prior to Burning Man. Charles was interested for geographic reasons. Me? I wanted to connect to Mother Earth and walk some of the incredible places the Navajo and Hopi aboriginal tribes made history.
It was not a disappointed. Literally I could see where River Phoenix played young Indiana Jones, and from where the Navajo code talkers from World War II originated. But for me the breathtaking scenery was awe inspiring.
Videos do it more justice.
Finally, Arches National Park
If you haven’t been to see some of the awemazing places in this part of America, you simply must do.
But I will forewarn you, if you’re not caucasian, be prepared for lots of staring outside of Aboriginal lands.
My brother and I have grown up in multicultural Los Angeles. I have traveled the world over many times, and never once have I ever felt out of place or uncomfortable because I am Asian. Until spending time in small town Utah.
Maybe it’s the stereotypical Mormon history. Maybe it’s the roots of cowboy life in America’s westward expansion. But a tip for any white folks from Utah, yes we are Asian, and we have a different look than you. I swear, walking down the street, we were literally STARED at with mouths wide open. It was like we weren’t supposed to deviate from the highway tour of the Castle Valley, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, and Bryce Canyon. But we did.
It was so bad at one lunch stop, it was literally every caucasian person staring at us while we ate. Staff and patrons. And literally, we never saw another Asian not only at any of the stops in town, but not at any of the National Park stops. It’s as if no Asian has been there. Ever.
So! Again, tip for you white folks in Utah: it’s really not polite to stare at Asian people with your mouth open and pointing. Did it make the experience a little frightening? Maybe it’s because I’ve seen one too many horror movies, and next thing my brother and I would have known is we wake up chained to some table with Leatherface staring at us holding a chainsaw.
So my final thought is, Asian Americans, please flood the centre of country on holidays to visit nature’s wonders so Trump voters know we do actually exist and we’re not some fake news planted by Russians. We actually are Americans just like the hardworking caucasian people of the rust belt of America.
Only 51 more national parks left on the bucket list!!!