San Juan National Forest

October 2022

San Juan National Forest

On Highway 160 between Cortez and Durango, the desert scrub gradually gives way to mountain greenery. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour, but when I was child, it seemed like it took forever.

When I was sixteen and newly licensed, my dad and I made that drive with me at the wheel. He suggested I take the speedometer up to 80 mph to feel what it was like. It was the quickest transition from desert to mountain I had ever experienced.

(Note: This watercolor is based on Lesson #5 “Winter Moorland” by Lesley Linley.)

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