A Dollar Per Imaginary Line, With One Free

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Aug 20, 2005


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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Saturday, August 6, 2005

On the way between GC and Mesa Verde the thing to do is stop in Four Corners, which is basically what it says it is. It's the only place in the United States where the corners of four states touch, enabling you, through Twister-type acrobatics, to place yourself in four states at once. It costs three dollars a person to see this masterful creation of imaginary lines, marked with a concrete circle cut by copper lines to indicate the borders. There was a steady line of people looking for new ways to contort themselves in order to get a hand or foot or bum cheek in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. You'd have to forgive someone who, having Four Corners as their first impression of any of these states, was so little impressed as to turn around and make a swift exit. The surrounding scenery features grey, slaggy rock and parched desert grasses. Just an hour back down the road in Arizona the glorious buttes and red mesas of Monument Valley leapt from the floor of the plains, but they had been erased by the windings of the highway in order to put the border in the least appetizing spot.

"I think New Mexico is definitely the hottest," Mom said, fanning herself.
"It's a good thing this is the only part of it we're going to, then." And so our stock of states-visited jumped to eight.
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