At some point, people WALKED here and decided that this was the place to settle down.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Today was the last long day of driving, New Mexico to Arizona. Our route continued along Route 40, which is the historic Route 66.
Route 66 is a huge tourist attraction in and of itself. I'm not sure if the road was famous before the TV show or because of it. But I love the idea of a pair of buddies traveling the open road and helping people in trouble.
It made my day to help Tommie and Keith, an older couple who were dealling with a little car trouble.
Our trip is a bit of a blur. We passed several trucks carrying enormous wings--I think they are for gliders. We passed signs for discount meteorites and petrified trees.
We stopped at one scenic overlook, where I tested my tablet's ability to take panoramic shots.
Finally we reached our goal--reuniting Ana and Steve-the-Dog with Ana's fiance. (I'll call him Luke.) What better reason to drive 3,000 miles than love?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Today was a good day. Reports from home were encouraging. I'd had a good night's sleep and breakfast at the hotel was very tasty.
We left very early--around 7AM. Our route took us into and through Oklahoma, across that square bit at the top of texas, and into New Mexico.
We stopped for BBQ along the way. It was awesome. Round-Up seems to be frequented by the locals--usually a good indicator of where to eat. The ribs were cooked with a dry rub that was delicious and spicey. The BBQ sauce was served on the side. Great BBQ can be a religious experience. This was damn close.
I enjoyed the changes in landscape today as we followed part of what was old Route 66. Oklahoma wasn't as flat as I had expected--there were some rolling hills that made for a lovely drive. Texas, on the other hand, was flat but I was impressed with their wind farms.
New Mexico gave us an amazing sunset with just a sliver of moon above.
I am still without my laptop so more pics will be posted later. But here are a few to get you going. I need some sleep.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
When I packed for this trip, I tried to account for a variety of possible circumstances, incidences, and emergencies we might meet on the road. I gifted Ana a fire extinguisher for her car. I packed the first aid kit from my car and clothes for a variety of climates and temperature swings.
I was not prepared for an emergency at home.
Wookie called last night to report a huge water issue at home. The flooding had done a lot of damage.
It was one of those times when you know who your friends are and we have many. My brother in law came right away and helped Wookie deal with clean up. Good friends Mark and Rich said they'd be over today.
Paul's computer was damaged. Mine was already down. Today two of my celebrant friends offered me loaner computers.
There were hours where I debated going home. Ana figured out several flights I could take from a variety of stops.
Wookie said I should stay. He's got it handled. When I checked in this evening he and Rich were laughing and having dinner. Lots left to do but he's got it handled. (Yes, I am repeating myself. )
Travel details for today: Tennessee. Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock.
It's a blur.
Tomorrow, we continue west.
Monday, September 26, 2011
No pics today. My mac won't start. I freaked out about that for a while before we got going.
Today, we went from West Virginia to North Carolina. Saw Charlotte, West Virginia, blue mountains, a rainbow, and Tamarak Tourist Center-- where local artisans sell their crafts. All amazing. Saw some great pottery. I'm feeling inspired.
Tomorrow is the most ambitious travel day. We're headed west. Will try to remember to take some pics with the tablet to show you.
In the mean time, these post cards might give you an idea.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
|What I brought--not including |
the 24 inch duffel with my clothes.
|Wookie taking me |
to the rendezvous point
|The first leg of our route was mainly I-78.|
|Saw many farms like these. I love red barns.|
|Mandatory self portrait.|
Friday, September 23, 2011
|The eye in question. |
(Taken a few weeks ago.)
|It's good to have your own EMT on hand. |
Here he is at his graduation.
|©Cristina Kollet 2011|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|Camping memories from the 70s. I'm the tall one.|
|My phone/GPS/Camera/Video Camera/Concierge/Tri-Corder...|
in a picture I took and edited 5 minutes ago.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I overheard this in the supermarket today.
Little boy to his dad: Remember, I don't waste my ideas. You should listen to me Dad, because if you don't, you'll be wrong.
I have no idea what he meant, but I just love the very idea of not wasting one's ideas.
The boy was, maybe, 5 or 6. He spoke with such confidence, as if whatever idea he had shared with his father was some sacred wisdom that he wouldn't share with just anyone. Or maybe it was that he wouldn't waste his time thinking up ideas that weren't important.
Either way, maybe we should all ask ourselves if we let our own ideas go to waste.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I am a multitasker by nature. The advent of smart phones and tablets have only exacerbated that habit.
Add to those gadgets the waterproof cases I found at the SCUBA supply store and I have found myself free to watch YouTube videos and TED Talks in the shower and to blog from the dinner table without fear of ruining my phone by spilling soda on it.
Whether or not this is actually a good thing is still up for debate. But there is an exception to meal-time multitasking. Tacos.
Eating tacos requires a certain amount of mindfulness. It is difficult to assemble a taco one-handed while typing with the other. Even more difficult is eating one without wearing some part of it if you are not paying attention. (Especially if you are like me and all of your shirts are all super attractive when it comes to stray food particles.)
So, if you're feeling a little over-taxed and looking for a break from multitasking, then I think tacos are the way to go for dinner. Then again, even as I wrote this, I found myself thinking that using a meal as an opportunity to take a break is, in a way, multitasking.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
It took a few tries to get this shot. It's not easy to shoot left handed, holding the camera over my head while trying not to screw up the piece I've just trimmed; but I'm very happy with it.
|©Cristina Kollet 2011|
Friday, September 2, 2011
Well, it's starting up again--this time without the voting. Last time I didn't manage to participate every week. This time, it's my goal to submit a photo for every week.
I didn't take as many pictures for last week's entry as for week 1. I started with this picture, which was initially an attempt to take a picture of my eye to check how it was healing. (I'd scratched it and was taking drops four times a day.)
Before you get too impressed with my ability to take a picture of my own eye, it's cropped down from this--I have several shots where I didn't even get close to my eye.
When I saw the reflection of the window, I thought I might use the picture for Week 2.
After Hurricane Irene took over the week, between preparing and dreading, and moving things to be in the "safest" areas of the house, my photos found a new focus.
I liked this one, with light reflecting off the stop sign and the remnants of Irene in the background.
The picture I ended up choosing was a surprise I found when I downloaded the pictures on my camera.
This was before Irene hit. We were running some last minute errands and generally checking out the area and how people were preparing. I stuck the camera out the window to catch Target's boarded up entrance.
I love how the window seems to reflect the darker skies we were waiting for.
Week 3's topic is Perspective: High Angle. I think I got a good shot today, but you'll have to wait till next time to see it!