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i'm Kassandra an oregon girl at heart. recent college graduate. heading off to law school in summer of 2014. my parents are both u.s. army veterans and continue to serve in the military in other capacities. i have four brothers (two older, two younger) and three sisters (all younger). i love each of them for both their individuality and their commitment to the example set by our parents. aside from my family, i have several friends who mean a great deal to me, one as much as my best friend from high school. she's my kindred spirit and i would do anything for her. i would also do anything for Julie, my roommate for three of my four years of college and my best friend; she's amazing and it's wonderful to have shared this experience with her. i'm extremely strong in academics and tend to think of things in analytical terms. i'm open and honest. note: i'm interested in receiving feedback on this blog, but i request that the comments pertain to the actual blog itself, and i do not approve anonymous comments.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

four corners


there are places i've always wanted to see in my life. the hills of scotland, the beauty of australia, any revolutionary and/or civil war battle field ... well, the list goes on.

i finally realized one of those experiences today.

i'm on vacation in the heart of new mexico. this morning we loaded up the suv and my grandparents, an aunt, a couple of cousins and i took a little road trip to the northwest worner of the state -- literally!

it's a four-and-a-half hour drive from albuquerque to four corners; the intersection of utah, colorado, new mexico and arizona. it's marked with a monument.

we stopped in shiprock, new mexico for lunch, just about 20 minutes prior to arriving at the monument marker.

unfortunately, we could not get on the marker itself because it's under construction and, in fact, nearly completed. i was able to get close to it and to walk around it, passing through one state, then another, then another, then back into new mexico!

the marker is maintained and upkept by navajo tribal parks. i was aware that there was a heavy native american population in the region, but was unaware that many communities consisted of up to 98 percent native american from a population standpoint.

they were very nice and welcoming. i had a chance to talk to one woman who was very knowledgeable about her region. it only made the visit that much more interesting.

when these state borders were being outlined, the caucasions and native americans faced many differences. i find it very ironic that given that, the native americans are very proud and honored that four corners is in their back yard.

needless to say, i was impressed.

~ Kassandra

note: the actual intersection of the states is located approximately two-and-a-half miles east of the actual marker. this is due rough surveying techiniques in the late 1800s. despite the discrepancy, the monument is considered the legal marker of four corners according to the unites states government.

12 comments:

  1. This was a very interesting post. Glad you are having a good time. Thanks for all the info for those of us who aren't fortunate enough to be there :) Instead, some of us are stuck in Springfield, Missouri...doing nothing that's even half as cool as this. lol.

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  2. thanks, Ryan, i really appreciate that! i wanted to report more than just 'i went to four corners.' besides, my mind is a sponge which soaks up information; i had to let some out!

    ~ Kassandra

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  3. haha so that's why you blog; you are needing to release all the information stored up in your brain lol. And you're very welcome. I think you accomplished your goal, tell a story, not just "so i went to four corners"

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  4. my brain has more than an adequate capacity. i blog because i like to provide insight as to what's going on. big day today. i'm helping my cousin, Abrey, with something very important.

    ~ Kassandra

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  5. Something very important? Hmmm...what does that mean? lol. Sounds like you could be causing some trouble. Or helping someone who needs it. Interested in hearing what goes down today.

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  6. helping, i hope. she's taking some tests, and if my suspicion is right, the end result is that it will enable her to get some help (nothing morally or ethically wrong; more of an educational thing).

    ~ Kassandra

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  7. so you're helping...her cheat. lol. I thought you were better than that Kassandra. :) but i guess if you are "helping" her out, that's ok lol

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  8. no, it's not that kind of test.actually, i hope she fails this one ... it would prove me correct. if you want to know more, i'd rather talk about this part of it in private. you can e-mail me if you like.

    ~ Kassandra

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  9. Hey i sent you an email. at least i think i did lol.

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  10. no problem; i've written most of the next blog and it concerns this, but can't conclude it until tomorrow evening. i'm going to tell the story there. sorry! just one more day; i promise!

    ~ Kassandra

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