December 16, 2006

Anonymous Landscapes

In this most remarkable of landscapes — a very characteristic collection of classic snow-covered volcanoes rising sheer off the valley floor 10,000' or more above you, of volcanic debris strewn across thousands of square miles, of high desert plains and deep mountain valleys, of cold boulder-strewn rivers, a place photographed and painted endlessly over the years — in these southern reaches of the great State of Jefferson, so many of the local hotels and restaurants have generic bad landscape art on the walls (fishermen in anonymous rivers, anonymous generic mountains behind them). The hotel I'm staying in — directly in the lee of Mt Shasta — has a few nods to what's outside, but in the rooms, and on the walls of the local Burger King, it's all about what's presumably inside….


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