Cross Country Adventure: Portland Oregon on the 4th of July

Day 12

Up at 7:30am prepping for a busy day. A little after 8am Gregory, Matthew, Ahni and I head to Kell’s to eat breakfast and watch Germany beat France. At 11am we head to our next item on the itinerary.

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The Thorns versus the Red Stars with over 13K in attendance. Out of five women, a mohawked and a pink-dyed hair cheerleader lead the spirit chants through the women’s soccer match. A drum is beaten. Pink smoke and flags wave when the Thorns score their two goals. Cotton candy, soda, ice cream and cheese nachos are enjoyed.

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We pop into a grocery store to pick up beer for our next destination. Gregory liked the varied selection.

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This telephone pole near the grocery store is clearly a popular advertising spot.

We head to Cathy and Andrew’s, friends of Matthew, and have luckily only missed a few minutes of the first half of Brazil versus Columbia. We eat, we drink, we make merry until early evening.

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Back at Matthew’s we sit outside for a while, spent from the busy day. We eat and drink a little and relax. Little Ahni is fired up to see fireworks.

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Happy 4th of July!

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Cross Country Adventure: Utah to Oregon

Day 11

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The first part of the day. We could see for miles.

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The second half. More of the same.

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At 4:30pm we roll into Boise Idaho to meet a friend I’ve known for 19 years but am meeting in person for the first time today. Greg and I meet Lane at Andrade’s at 5pm for drinks and an early dinner. Unfortunately my brain was fried from driving all day in the unairconditioned car so I wasn’t as energetic as I usually am. I guess this lower section of Idaho we’ve been driving is not indicative of all of the state. I was surprised that what we drove through was all high desert. Meeting Lane, who shares my same birth day (not my birth year), was wonderful and a real treat. I’m looking forward to when I can spend more time visiting!

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After our early dinner we head back for more.

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Sleepy, full stomach, and hot! Too hot to sleep. My water bottle is half full of hot water which does little to quench thirsts.

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Driving and sweating.

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Clouds move in.

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The air temperature falls with the setting sun providing relief from the heat.

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The long day was worth it. Greg and I made it to Portland Oregon before midnight (at 11:44pm to be exact) and by the 4th of July!

Cross Country Adventure: Utah Continued

Day 9
A slow start to the day. Gregory and I kick it off with a visit to Whole Foods around 1pm followed by the US vs Belgium at the RAMP factory. Afterwards we head back to Salt Lake City.

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Beers, BBQ, soccer and music ensue.

Day 10

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Today’s plan is to hike that mountain.

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We did.
Views from the summit of Mount Olympus
Mountain in Utah
Elevation: 9,026′ (2,751 m)

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We celebrated with still cool PBR.

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A great breeze blew us up.
Once atop it was dead still.
Not a whisper of wind.
Just relentless sun and thin air.

What an adventure!

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Color I

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Color II

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Light trails on a darkened bumpy road as we drive from Salt Lake to Park City.

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More of the aforementioned. Upon arrival to Park City we head to
Cisero’s for last call!

Cross Country Adventure: Colorado to Utah

Day 7
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10:30 am and we say farewell to Greg’s friend Robin and crew before hitting the road to Utah.

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We leave Golden and head through the pass.

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Whitecaps ahead.

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Long day driving. No where to hide from the sun.

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We meet up with Greg’s friend Schuyler and Head to Brighton Estates to sit by the fire merry-making , music-making and camping.

Technology becomes obsolete.

Cross Country Adventure: Colorado

Day 5 and 6

NORAD
NORAD
 

pink
Andrew shows us cactus in bloom.
 
yellow

 

shed
Where dogs were once kept by the previous property owner. Andrew says the feral cat he saw carrying a rabbit lives here now.
 
white
Growing all around Andrew’s house.
 

porch
8 acres of home sweet home.
 
in cognito
This guy.
 

Greg and Andrew
Greg and his cousin Andrew.
 

view
Lizard’s POV.
 

geese
A gaggle gather roadside waiting to cross. A car already stopped and let one group by. Another 30 minutes went by before another car stops to let them cross. Most speed by or slow down and honk at, as if they are the only beings that have some place they want to get to.
 

between liquor store and pizza place
This one located between a liquor store and pizza place. Legalized, retailed and marketed. Open until 7pm. The most bizarrely mundane acquisition of obtaining da reefer ever.
 

puma
Lea and Ed’s new kitten. A frisky little thing developing its pounce and kill techniques on unsuspecting ankles, toes, and hands trying to pet him. Tuka’s cuteness somehow makes it all okay.
 

tunnel
Tunnel.
 

ampitheater
Runners, locals, reading, kids, cameras, lunch, tourists breathing heavy in the thin air while they take quick darting looks at red rocks beyond cell phone screens. 3pm adds grills, dreds, beer, music and folding chairs to the mix. Territories are marked as tailgate parties coalesce in PLs. Excited voices fill the air greeting one another and carrying on. All to be followed by Widespread Panic starting in a few hours.
 

eggs
Two eggs, sunny side.
 

feather
Who does this belong to?
 

everywhere
Giant dandelion-looking flower gone to seed.
 

Denver
View of Denver from Red Rocks.
 

purple
 
Hello purple flower. I love you.
no fear
Like I wasn’t even there. Or 10-ft away.
 

milkweed
Bigger out here. Giant milkweed buds in a16-oz plastic cup. Mmmmm!
 

kitten
Tuka’s cuteness must be shared once again! But in a more menacing way!
 

 

Cross Country Adventure: Mississippi to Colorado

Day 4

Did not have a dull moment in Kansas.

Kansas at 3am and heat lightening. Occasional long bolts appeared on the horizon. Then the rain. Intermittently large spatters smacked the windshield, a torrent for 15 minutes or so, then calm and clear as though it had never been .
Closer to the center of the storm, giant chains danced all around us and across fields of vision, dazzling eyes. Attention to the conditions were on high alert. Wind pushed the Honda around the road.
I was unable to photograph the alien stretch of dark landscape of red lights strobing about us. Wind farms. Using a long exposure app I did manage to capture this:

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A little past 5am I’m unable to safely drive any longer. Tired and eyes crossing I pulled off at a rest stop. Greg and I traded driving again as dawn approached. I fell asleep with the sunrise.
A few hours later, I felt the car stop and awoke. We’re off 70, at a sign, turning, and stopping to walk here:

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Balance.

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