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.
-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.


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.