I just enjoy having a place to share all the cool places there are to visit in the "boring part of the country
." I know there's other flatlanders out there like me who miss the mountains but have learned to appreciate what there is to see nearer to home!
While in the Smokies last weekend, I decided on the following analogies to spices:
Scenery in the mountain West is like hot peppers (serranos are best!) -- obvious, showy, and it hits you on the side of your head.
The East (like the Smokies) is like saffron -- an interesting spice, more subtle, and too darned expensive.
Scenery in the Midwest is like oregano -- nice in its own way but not really unusual, and I'm glad it's there, even though you can often substitute basil.
In fact, I substituted fresh basil in tonight's lasagne, yumyum....