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CALIFORNIA

When it comes to planning trips, I can get a little ahead of myself. Also, I recently found out about Google Maps's custom map tool. So, when Bob and I decided to make a friends Northern California wedding the beginning of a 10 day long road trip down the coast, I got to work. We ended up crafting a pretty amazing route-- complete with a Big Sur detour through mountain pass after mountain pass that blew both of our minds. At the end of it all we tallied close to 1400 miles on our rental car. 

 The path our faithful red Elantra (nicknamed Cilantro) took us. Starting in Fairfax, up to Healdsburg, down Highway 1 to Inverness / Pt. Reyes, back to San Francisco, down to Monterey, then on to our Insane Detour which spit us out just before San Luis Obispo, to Santa Barbara, to Malibu, to LA and then Joshua Tree, our final destination 

The path our faithful red Elantra (nicknamed Cilantro) took us. Starting in Fairfax, up to Healdsburg, down Highway 1 to Inverness / Pt. Reyes, back to San Francisco, down to Monterey, then on to our Insane Detour which spit us out just before San Luis Obispo, to Santa Barbara, to Malibu, to LA and then Joshua Tree, our final destination 

As some of you know, it's really hard to take photographs out the window of a moving vehicle. Especially photographs that encapsulate the bewildering landscapes that we passed by. I trashed a lot of photos from this trip in favor of writing about them but here are some that I like. 

A big thanks to my Favorite #1 Friend and Very Super Model, Bob. Without him, none of this would have happened. Literally. 

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personals II

a few photos from a recent trip to chicago, a Jamar Clark protest through Downtown Minneapolis, and a few from the moments in-between. 

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left coast by train

I took a last minute trip to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and then Napa for thanksgiving with a friend and his family. The train was my main mode of transportation, which is beautiful in its consistent slowness. I have always seen watching the countryside go by as romantic; there is something surreal about seeing the sunrise come up over California with a bunch of other bleary-eyed people. 

This trip was filled with some misadventure (as most often are) but some of the highlights included participating in and watching a chicken and duck slaughter at a Portland eco-village, taking a day trip to Mt. Hood to dip in a hot spring, tracking my parents past in the Mission of San Francisco, taking the ferry at night to Vallejo, walking walking walking, sitting in a friends living room eating late night sandwiches, and a beautifully constructed and homey thanksgiving in Napa. Sometimes getting yourself to a coast and walking around for a week is the best decision to make. 

Here are some of the personal snaps I took along the way.

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