...Stacey and I made plans the next day to ride bikes to downtown Colorado Springs. Somehow, only 15 years ago, it was a much smaller town. I don't remember there being a Best Buy or a Furniture Row. Of course, it's possible that my memories are romanticized, after all, I was a 19 year old virgin and Facebook didn't even exist. I think we all used livejournal back then.Read More
On the other side of the tall grass berm, there's a massive 4-wheeler park. Facing south, on the left you'll hear the spastic crescendos of ATV motors, and the dull rumble of Pacific waves from the right. I wondered if there was a spot somewhere in the middle where the sounds cancelled one another out, like standing at the Center of the UniverseRead More
The snowfall was on and off both directions, but I think this is the first time I'd ever seen so much of it. I had a few moments of pause when the tracks disappeared under snowdrift. A few seconds of that makes you wonder if you're still driving on the same road you came from. Is this even a road? Why is the snow getting deeper? Is this even Earth?Read More
My next stop was the Center Stage on Pier 39. This pup seemed to be mesmerized by the show on stage, performed by the one and only Bob. There's really not much to add except that the show was brilliant and Bob's comedy actually made me lose composure more than once. The best line? "Throw me the baby."Read More
It was a strange drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. First, coming up on Barstow I ran into snow and sleet, and the temps dropped to around 25 degrees in some parts. A bit unexpected for southern California, but mountains have a funny way of turning a climate upside down. During one of my detours, I ran into a gentleman parked on the side of a desert road-- parts of which were completely overrun with bowls of sand-- and his three dogs.
...But the vast spaces of the Mojave National Preserve on the southern California and Nevada borders really couldn't be framed by any standard image ratios. With winter just around the corner, the air is a bit thinner. Abundant fog in low altitudes and increasing snow and frost in the highlands act as a natural air filter, capturing dust that would normally create sight-souring haze.Read More
The real reason I made this trip was because I wanted to get a self-portrait that didn't involve a studio backdrop. I've taken self portraits before, but I wanted to create something that I feel like represents me. Not just, "I'm here next to something cool, here's proof!" But something deeper. Something that shows my passion for travel, for taking things to the limit while learning about and respecting the land and waves and mountains we live in.Read More