Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
It's the morning of Day #18 of our trip. The Lakeside, Michigan cottage we are staying in is just amazing. I am not sure I have ever stayed anywhere that was so comfortable, aesthetically pleasing & relaxing all wrapped up in a cute little package. The house is right on the Amtrak line. Trains are going by constantly and as one of the owners said it's part of the charm.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We got a late start today. We slept until 8:30. We drove from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD where we stopped at the health food store. I was craving Gluten Free Cereal. Then we drove from Rapid City, SD to Sioux Falls, SD. We drove past Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands National park. I got glutenized sometime on Day #10 so I didn't have the energy for either stop.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Man, was today a lovely day. We drove down from Livingston, WY, into the north entrance of Yellowstone, then drove through the park, and out the east entrance. Then we drove through Cody, WY to Sheridan, WY. down to Buffalo where we are now. This is the prettiest drive I have ever been on. The drive itself was totally the highlight of the day. I can hardly describe every thing we saw. You gotta check out the photos on face book. I will post those tonight. The temp was perfect until the very end, in the Big Horn national forest where it got rainy, misty and freezing! We had lunch by lake yellowstone, & saw a few herds of buffalo, a moose and a baby.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This morning started with coffee at Bozeman Montana Community Food Co-op. I had a lovely Americano. So we drove down to West Yellowstone, from Bozeman on US 191. It was a pretty drive by the river most of the way.
We stopped at an Antique Car Dealer place right outside of Bozeman. It was a lot like the junk yard we stopped in WY, but this was all cars. I saw three really rare Studebakers, and it was amazing. We saw a studebaker Conestogo. OMG - I need this car. Meg photographed and I made videos of cool type, cool colors & hood ornaments. Amazing & Fun!!!!!
Then we were off on our drive. We had a lunch on the side the road in the park. Gluten free bread with egg salad and GF BBQ chips. Good stuff. We have been eating out of the cooler most meals. We did have rice & beans (heated in the microwave) from the Co Op tonight for dinner. The hot meal did wonders for us both. We are both so tired. We have only been going for seven days… but it is still worth it.
We spent the afternoon in the park driving from west yellowstone down to old faithful. We saw some baby elk with their mamas about 5 minutes after we entered the park. We also saw a few different buffalos. Just eating on the side of the river with tons of people fly fishing and driving by.
We stopped in the lower geyser basin and saw the fountain paint pot and great fountain geyser, along with some other smaller geysers. These puppies are cooler in person than in photos. It smelled like making hard boiled eggs.
The park is crazy busy, even this time of year. There were a million people at old faithful.
We are planning on heading east for the first time in a week tomorrow. We will be driving from West Yellowstone, back to Sheridan, WY. We will spend the night, then we are planning to get to the Badlands National Park in SD next.
Once again, we are off to bed early so we can get an early start tomorrow. Good night!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So we drove through the Crow Indian reservation today. It's like a 100 miles wide or something. Whoa.
We stopped the big horn country museum, in Hardin, MT. They had all kinds of cool stuff, old railway cars, and about 25 different buildings all set up in period garb. For example we saw what a slaughter house would be like, and a school house, and a doctor's office from around the 1890's. Pretty cool stuff. For me the best part was the vintage tractors, and bulldozers. Check out some the of the cool type (see caterpillar photo!). I am very inspired by vintage type and this is some of the best I have seen.
Check it the museum at http://www.bighorncountymuseum.org/
Alright, so we made it to Bozeman, MT. We are in the hotel and ready to go to sleep. We had a nice hot meal from the huge co-op here. Thank you universe for gluten free bread, rice and beans.
So the quote of today, I saw a sticker that said Big Sky Country, and I thought it said Big Gay Country! Pretty funny!
Tomorrow we plan on driving down from Bozeman and sleeping in west yellowstone, (right outside the park) and driving a round in yellowstone tomorrow and the next day.
We are both super excited, so we are turning in early so we can get an early start. Good night.
We had a good night's sleep, nice hotel. King size bed, flat screen TV and wireless.
I am up early as I woke up worried I won't find anything to eat in WY or MT. So we stopped in Fort Collins, CO at whole foods and stocked up on stuff. Gluten Free Jalapeno cheddar dip, Gluten Free Bagels, and guacamole, and GF BBQ chips, apples, oranges, and water. You know the essentials.
Then we drove to Buffalo, WY. from northern CO. Southern WY is mostly pretty flat with these funny looking mountains (flat on top, eroded) & super dry. The grass is a pretty tan color that goes great with all the big blue sky. Man is there a lot of big blue sky. I don't think I have ever seen so much at once.
The further we drove north, the less people we saw. We saw loads of cows, horses, & deer all day long. This reminded me that day before yesterday Near estes park we saw four huge rams, eating grass on the side of the road. They were so big and cool looking.
So the drive was pretty short, & easy. The asphalt is red in a number of places. I saw some pink sand so I am guessing they use the pink sand to make the red asphalt. It was really a pretty color.
About 2 hours from Buffalo, we saw a HUGE metal junk yard, in the middle of absolute nowhere. I am talking tractors, from the 30's & 40's, wagons, from the 1890's (with really amazing weathered wood holding it together), trucks, cars, bicycles, farm equipment, train cars, and anything else that is metal that you can imagine. So everything is just out in the open and weathering naturally. I am pretty sure you could find every single color I have ever used in my work in this crazy junk yard. Meg photographed and I made some short videos of all the amazing type I found. Meg & I both agree that this junk yard would make the most amazing field trip teaching location for both a photography class and a graphic design class. Needless to say we both had a great time walking around this place. It was about 6 acres, crammed packed.
So it's Tuesday morning, & I am up early, putting the coffee on and writing this post. I have been writing my blog posts in a green spiral notebook (old school) with a pencil everyday, as we make our drive. We have only had the internet two nights out of seven & it's a lovely break from being so connected.
We are in Sherian, WY this morning at a coffee shop, planning the day. We wanted to drive to drive west all day, through the mountains & spend the night on the edge of Yellowstone, but there is NO where to stay in Yellowstone, tonight. Totally booked. Oh well. So we are off to Bozeman, MT to spent the night, then to Yellowstone all day tomorrow. We have a room booked for West Yellowstone for tomorrow night. It looks amazing.
We have to be in Iowa City, around the 20th or so, because we are going to get legally married. The next place we have to be is South Bend, IN on the 22nd to get ready to work for a couple of days. Lucky for us, we are in no rush, which feels really great.
We will update the blog as soon as we have internet again. Have an awesome day folks!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Woke up in Denver at our friend Coutney's house, & drove to get a latte. It was yummy and it looked like it had a harry potter snitch (instead of the usual hearts or pretty design)! I took that to mean today was going to be a good day & it seems to be true. I had three pieces of bacon & a Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie. Again, this lead me to believe the day was going to be awesome.
We both loved Denver, and we drove around Boulder for a minute. My overall impression is that the folks around here are pretty happy, it's really clean, super gluten free friendly, & the weather is freaking terrific.
We spent the day driving from Denver to Estes Park, CO, then to Loveland, CO to spend the night because we were tired. It was an amazing drive. The only bummer was the 600 acre (& growing) wild fire. Otherwise, the drive was just so dang beautiful.
I also needed some facebook/blog/internet time to plan out our trip.
As a family we collectively decided to shorten our trip. We are going to head north tomorrow into Wyoming. We are thinking about getting into Buffalo or Sherdian tomorrow. We pretty much are cutting off about 39 hours of driving time. When
I write it down, I think, what the hell where we thinking? But hey we can't wait to spend the next week or so, in WY & MT.
I hope to update my facebook page with a bunch of photos tonight. Alright, we are super pooped. It's time to watch football and relax until tomorrow.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
We got up early and had Coffee at coffee commons in Denver. Antonio called on the way over to check in. Hooray, because we miss him.
Then we drove over to Deby's Gluten Free Bakery/ Grocery Store. We got some GF bacon/egg/cheese biscuits for breakfast and some GF biscuit dough for home. Yum. Hello, what a score. She will ship this stuff folks.
We drove around a part of town called the Rhino district & loved it over there. We stumbled upon a vintage car/motorcycle show. Tons of custom cars, lower riders, mostly 30's/40's50's stuff. There was a black 55 t-bird there. Whoa. Best car design ever.
Now we are off to the tour de fat…. then, we plan on watching the LSU / Vandy at the Lodo's bar and grill and they have a GLUTEN FREE MENU! CAN I get a woot woo!!
I am sure when ever the game is over, we will get back to Courtney's and pass out. Happy Saturday!
p.s. Meg lost her wallet, and then found it, thank goodness.
Day # 3 is began with a long walk in Oakley, KS. then we drove to Denver.
It was a pretty short drive. (4 hours) We stopped and photographed a field of sunflowers that went on as far as your eyes could see. It was truly amazing. It was super breezy and dead quite except for the rustle of the sunflowers, moving together in the wind.
I also saw a bunch of rusted cars shoved in the ground to fill in hole on the side of the road. Again, amazing.
We ate yummy GF tamales from trader joe's for lunch. We arrived in Denver at around 4 pm. We hung out with our wonderful host, Courtney Breaux, while she got ready to go to a party. We are staying at her house in Denver. It's amazing & awesome.
We had GF Pizza for Dinner! This had a polenta crust. Killer crust. Whoa. This amazing short post does not do this great day, justice but you get the idea.
It's 9:30 & it's so bedtime, we are so damn tired & it's so totally worth it.
Friday, September 10, 2010
well, we are in St. Louis, it's a lovely gray morning outside. It's around 7:30 & we are already up, bathed & dressed and ready for day two.
We spent last night with Lisa Colby, an metalsmith, that we meet back in Asheville in 2005 or 6. She made our wedding bands & Meg's surprise engagement ring. We got engaged in St. Antonio, Texas, March 2006.
Her house here in the Lou is super cute. It's a brick, two story row house. Amazing.
We are waiting for Lisa to return from dropping off her daughter at school, then we are off to whole foods to find some grub for the day.
So, we decided to go by the coffee house where Lisa's man works. They also sell and fix killer vintage motorcycles. No, not new stupid ugly motorcycles. I am mean like killer stuff. Like triumphs and stuff. We were pooping in our pants, they were so cool. We had lattes and checked out some cool bikes, then a quick trader joe's food stop, then whole foods, for a hot breakfast. I nuked an annie's gluten free tofu scramble kind of thingy. Meg got a noodle bowl.
We drove all the way though rainy MO most of the morning and early afternoon. It's flat and there was a lot of corn to look at. We went through columbus, mo home of mizzou. and Lawrence Kansas, home of the Jay Hawks.
We got some fancy Americano drinks at Star Bucks in Kansas city, then we flipped off a certain someone is Kansas city (long story, the family know why).
So, who knew that Kansas had a toll road, turnpike? Huh? We got on the turnpike and starting driving to oakley, Kansas. Home of Annie Oakley.
Kansas is really beautiful rolling hills mostly and some kind of red topped plant growing every where. We stopped Wamego, KS for the OZ museum. We missed it by 10 minutes! Oh well, Meg looks cute in the photo anyway. We saw a sign near Wamego that said Bible + Rifle Church this way. We drove the other way and fast!
We got a text message at 4:15 that said "T.D. #22 "! Of course this made our day. Two of our friends were at Antonio's game. We have great friends, thanks Leslie & Hannah.
We arrived in Oakley, Kansas to spend the night and watch the Saints/Vikings, NFL opener. Saints won, who dat!
Day # 3 is beginning with a long walk in Oakley, KS. then we drive to Denver.
Day 1 was a little crazy. It looked like this.
7:20 am Wake Up & Drink Soy Lattes
8:00 am Hit the Road
8-10:15 am Rainy, misty morning in the Great Smokey Mountains.
10:59 am amazing fall colors in TN. (just this one valley, no where else!)
11:51 am My buddy Jay, looks up the street address & phone number of tacomamacitas in Nasheville, TN, Thanks Jay Bird!
12:15 Lunch at tacomamacitas!
12:16 Meg takes two benadryls instead of the one I thought she should take. (she has a bad case of poison ivy from working in our yard.)
12:17 Meg passes out totally asleep for about an hour or so.
12:40 Burning Car in Nashville, right at the 65N/24W intersection.
12:41 I mention to Meg about said burning car, and she jumps up, grabs her camera, and photographs cool burning car, then falls right back asleep.
2:15 Sunny Kentucky, farm land.
5:45 Arrive in St. Loiuis
6:15 Photo Shoot in Faust Park with a friend of Meg's from the 5th grade! Suzanne Harris (& steve and her cute girls, Ana (51/2) & Molly (10)
7:45 Arrive at Lisa Colby's in St. Louis. We hung out with Mitch, Lisa's man and her awesome daughter Celeste. (14)
10 pm BED TIME!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I do have a couple of worries about driving 2,716, then turning around and driving 2,716 again.
#1. I will worry about the boy we mentor, Antonio. I have a number of friends (like 10 people) we can call to go get Antonio and hang out with him, like we do. People really wanted to help so that makes me not nearly as worried about that.
#2. I worry there might be bed bugs in the hotel. Let's hope not. I am going to be precautions on this one anyway, just to be safe. Damn internet.
#3. I worry I won't be able to find anything good to eat, that I know is gluten free. There is the internet, sweet wonderful internet.
Things I am not worried about driving 2,716, then turning around and driving 2,716 again.
#1. I am not worried about the company of said epic road trip, Meg. She is the most amazing, funny person you will ever meet. Sorry peeps. She is all mine.
#2. I am not worried about having awesome music to listen to while we travel....the music section ranges from new Ray Lamontagne, Spearhead (get lifted, best song ever, thanks Kat!), Pearl Jam, Beth Orton, Drake, David Grey, Bon Iver (Alisa's personal fave right now) eminem, Ms. Dynamite (best female rapper alive) Lady Gaga. enough said.
#3. I am not worried about having fun with Meg. We always have fun, even when we are working. We sure as hell will have fun on vacation!
& while I am at it…. I wish we were taking Ms. Boss on the epic road trip. You will be with us in spirit, Ms. Boss. We miss ya honey. (See photo for Ms. Boss, yes, she is a 1998 BMW Z3, we found her a good home in Baton Rouge, with a nice gay man & his husband.) We are driving our little peanut, 1998 honda civic cx. She's cute too!
We hit the road bound for St. Louis in the morning, hopefully, before 8 am. So Stoked!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So we are almost ready to get on the road to St. Louis next week, but are we going to miss these two. That's Antonio, the 14 year old boy we mentor and that is our 14 year old cat Mambo. These are the two sweetest boys you will ever meet in the world. We are so blessed to have both of them in our lives. Below is the story of Mr. Antonio's life so far and how we met him.