Oregon (1)

Day 23

I joined my couchsurfing hostess, Julie, and some of her friends (and their sons) for a Beavers minor league game in Portland. I chased down a foul ball and gave it to one of the boys, but then felt bad that the other boy didn’t get one. So I went up to the rail by third base and somehow ended up with a second foul ball for the other kid. “Good job,” said Julie. Beavers lost but Thirsty Thursday drink specials meant having fun wasn’t all about the score. Personal highlight was convincing the mascot to “show some leg.”





California (3)

Days 22 and 23

In which I travel with Reed from Berkeley to Portland. We camp in Redwood National Forest, just off the road to Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. In the morning Reed slows down to look at some Elk and accidentally picks up a pair of hitchhikers named Steve and Steven. They smell awful, but will travel with us until Eugene, OR, which they will claim as their home. Reed then proceeds to drop me off in Portland and continues on his way to Bellingham, WA.
(why am I writing in this weird tense?)








-Sunrise through the Redwoods near Crescent City.
-Dense fog rolled in late evening while driving on Coast Highway 1.
-Reed cruises around in a handicap scooter while getting groceries at Ray’s Food Place in McKinleyville before we get to our campsite.
-Reed and I in the pitch black Redwood Forest. 30 sec exposure, lit by headlamps.
-Reed and his trusty (though overdue for an oil change) Subaru at the campsite.
-We pick up ‘the Steve’s’ along the Redwood Highway just before Jebediah Smith Redwood State Park.
-Pacific overlook along Coast Highway 1.

California (2)

Days 18-22

My sister-from-another-mother, Erin Korsmo, is working as a fact-checker at San Francisco Magazine this term and invited me to visit her and her sister, Gretchen, who is attending UC Berkeley. Wonderful hosts, even as they got ready to start work/school. To do my part, I helped assemble IKEA furniture and scope out nearby eateries. The prize jewel turned out to be King Pin Donuts. omg. Also came across an amazing duel exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art: Richard Avedon and Ansel Adams/Gerogia O’Keeffe.








-Erin watches out the window as Gretchen gets some cash from an ATM in San Francisco.
-Ticket-taker at the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art waits for visitors near the entrance to the main staircase.
-The SFMOMA exhibit “Avedon: The Photographs” includes several larger-than-life portraits from the “In The American West” project, shot between 1979 and 1985.
-A worker at King Pin donuts in the “Asian Ghetto” of Berkeley adds chocolate frosting to fresh raised donuts.
-Donuts.
-Students on the UC Berkeley campus check the Student Activities & Notices board during freshman orientation week.
-An evening view of downtown San Francisco on Market street.

California

Days 12-18

While Andrew got settled into his new life in Los Angeles, we were was able to see a bit of LA/Santa Monica/Hollywood/Manhattan Beach. This climate is incredibly easy to get used to, especially in late summer.







-Old military canon at Palisades Park, Santa Monica.
-Elliott Smith memorial on Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
-Marissa and Manuel on the 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica.
-Boy playing in the surf at sunset, Manhattan Beach.
-My feet. Manhattan Beach.
-Couple leaving the beach after sunset, Manhattan Beach.

10 hrs in Vegas

Days 11 and 12

This one is coming out of order (the trip started in Minneapolis and will hopefully end in Portland) but I had a few shots from Las Vegas that I wanted to put up. Andrew and I decided to see how much of the city we could see/experience without spending any money. While we didn’t quite keep stick to our budget, we did find a few 2 for 1 drink deals and clubs with free cover. And of course hanging out with street performers is always a fun option.





Utah

Days 10 and 11

Things you didn’t know about Utah:
1) Utah’s state cooking pot is the dutch oven.
2) Sixty percent of Utah’s land is owned by the federal government.
3) Even though it is completely landlocked, Utah’s state bird is the sea gull.
4) Utah’s state rock is coal.
5) The first transcontinental railroad line was completed when the “golden spike” was driven into the tracks at Promontory, Utah, in 1869.
6) The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete.
7) Kanab is known as Utah’s Little Hollywood because of the large number of motion pictures that are filmed in the area.
8) Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation. (note: I double-checked this and found that the United States is tied at #17 for worldwide literacy rates, assigned a default 99% literacy because it isn’t regularly measured. However, Utah has around 94% literacy, which, if it were actually the highest in the nation, would drop the US to at least #69 in global rankings, just under Fiji at 94.4%. Interesting…)

For more, visit the History Channel site, netstate.com and 50states.com.








Above:
-A tourist looks at rock formations in Bryce Canyon.
-Blank outdoor board along in highway near Green River.
-A boy stacks rocks that mirror the natural formations in Bryce Canyon.
-Goldsworthy-esque creations left by creative visitors.
-Highway toward the Windows Area of Arches National Park.
-Andrew Crawford bouldering under the afternoon sun in Arches.
-Sunset over the desert seen from I-70 past Green River.

Colorado

Days 7-9

…has a lot of mountains. And I grossly underestimated their grandiosity.
Pictures of or relating to the mountains:






Above:
-Andrew Crawford hiking the 9-mile Lost Man Trail near Aspen, CO.
-What I believe to be a marmot, making a high-pitched “squeak” call to his friends, seen along the Lost Man Trail.
-Bumper stickers on a truck that belongs to someone who seems to enjoy being outside, in Leadville, CO.
-A lonely tree growing atop a rock formation on the Gem Lake Trail, just north of Estes Park, CO.
-Sunset in Estes Park, CO.