Nevada 50

Old West Highway, desolate road, traveled one summer week,
Blue sky days, sagebrush seas, mirages from asphalt heat

Mining towns far apart, dreams of prosperity gone so fast,
Jets thunder over petroglyphs, native hunters present and past

Countless characters with tall tales, life engraved throughout their face,
From Austin, Stagecoach, Middlegate, Cold Springs, & Majors Place

I drive the waves of mountain ranges, ridgelines of Pinõn pine,
The type of scenery to help the thoughts depart a cluttered mind

This desert is often branded as a vast and wasted land,
I see its stark and wild beauty touched by a higher hand

2002 poem by Sean Arbabi while on assignment capturing Nevada’s desolate Highway 50