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A Flip Cam View of San Francisco

November 23, 2010

My Flip cam never stops surprising me. It is a wonderful “capture the moment” camera. Apryl got it for me last year, and it was a great idea! Here are a few videos I found over the weekend from our Big Adventure.

First up – A quick walk through the Palace of Living Art at the San Francisco Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf

If you look really carefully, there is a wax sculpture that looks just like Apryl.

http://www.waxmuseum.com/

Next, The Aquarium of the Bay!

http://www.aquariumofthebay.org/

a Street car ride of course:

Last, a view of the bridge. Then we continued north.

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23 Days, 18 States, and a Camera

October 30, 2010

It has been about two months since our big adventure wrapped up.  We haven’t shared much in the way of pictures, so here is one from each state that we visited.

New Jersey and you Perfect Together

I didn't take many pictures in PA

I discovered my inner narcissist in Ohio

We had a lovely breakfast at The Ambrosia Bella Cafe Angola in IN

Morris Il. was a fun town to find by taking an unplanned turn off the highway

The Mississippi River

Iowa Corn

South Dakota was really tough. We took so many cool pictures. I like this one.

As we drove towards the Devils Tower Apryl was looking down at a map as she asked "Where is this thing?" I said, "There it is." To which Apryl replied "Holy _______'n __________!"

I would like to live in the Pink Coral Sand Dunes of Utah

I can't believe there are no railings around places like the Grand Canyon. Why didn't nature account for tourists that have problems with heights like myself?

We were in Vegas for a total of fifteen hours, so a car shot seemed appropriate.

California is really like three states, so here are three pictures.

Southern CA outside of Palm Springs

Central CA winery

San Francisco Street Car - I think the woman to our left was a spy and was following us.

Our faithful Prius and a snow-covered mountain peak in Oregon. I wasn't supposed to pump my gas... I didn't know.

We went to a wedding in Washington

Seattle was where we abandoned our little Prius that took us many thousands of miles...

... so that we could squeeze into a sleeper car on Amtrak. This was the view up to my bunk. There really was that little room.

Glacier Park Montana looked nice from the train.

This was taken somewhere in North Dakota

Minnesota - Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water".

If you should ever have the chance to visit the Wisconsin Torture Museum... I'm kidding. This was from the train. This was the beginning of our descent into insanity. This train trip was tooooooo long.

In Chicago I played "Untouchables" when we got off the train for a few hours.

"Get out of my way. I need to get off this train." This was somewhere near Albany. We were just about home.

Lastly, one extra photo.  This was a picture from the beat Museum in San Francisco.  Apparently Kerouac took a hitchhiking trip that was eerily similar to our route.

Not Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Part 2

August 18, 2010

Before you read on, you should check out part one of Not Hitchcock’s North by Northwest 2 by clicking ………… here

Part 2

The Imperial Storm Trooper stands revealed as Vandamm, who formerly dealt in state secrets, and was arrested because of Roger Thornhill’s bumbling interference.  They both loved the same woman!  Men died for their love….  But just now, something surprising has occurred!  Their encounter has been interrupted by, well, just see…

"What the HELL is that?"

"What the devil is what?" "Over there you fool! What is that?!?!"

“I have no idea what you’re talking about? Stop mucking about and put ‘em up.”

“It's a freaking dinosaur! Run!”

"A what?"

End of Part 2.

Join us tomorrow for the epic conclusion to this conflict years and light-years in the making!

A Lot Like Mars

August 13, 2010

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We are currently driving through the Mojave desert. It is 106 degrees. The Prius is holding up well and Smashing Pumpkins is playing.

Out of the blue, Apryl says “the Mojave looks a lot like Mars.” To which I reply, “that is because, and I’m fairly sure of this, many Hollywood films have used these mountains to act as a Mars location. ”

Damn you Hollywood for fooling me with your Mars stand-ins! Is everything that you do fake?

North by Northwest 2 – Part 1

August 13, 2010

“How could this happen to me again? Who the devil is flying that plane?”

VROOOOOOOOMMMMMMM! “I live to do Lord Vader’s bidding.”

“aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”

Boom!  There is a horrible explosion as the propeller plane crashes into a gasoline truck!

"I did it!!!!!"

“You did nothing! Who are you? Who sent you!”/////// “Isn’t it obvious Thornhill old boy? I’m Vandamm! I was trained by Lord Vader so I could return and destroy you!”

End of Part 1…..

Kenab, Utah – A Hollywood Oasis

August 13, 2010

Previously on the Bigg Adventure:  Bikers!  Deadwood! Steak Deburgo!  Lewis and Clark’s Dog! Polygamy Pale Ale! Rob and Apryl floated in the Great Salt Lake!

Next Stop—-

Kenab, Utah.

Kenab: "little" because you can drive from border to border in three minutes flat at 35 mph. "Hidden" because it is hidden away in the mountains like some ancient Buddhist temple.

Kenab is located in Kane County at the southern border of Utah on the western-ish side.  The only reason we even found this enjoyable little hidden gem was because all the hotels in the Bryce Canyon area and Zion National Park area were booked.  We settled on Kenab.  Well, I settled on Kenab.  I made a reservation immediately, because there was only one hotel out of the six or so in town that had rooms left.  And, that was about six weeks before our arrival!  So, I made the reservation.  Then I hit google, because I would have to convince Apryl that this strange little town would be worth our time.  There needed to be something there!

A townie

The very first search I did for Kenab came back with a page referring to it as ‘Little Hollywood.’  Huh?  I clicked.  I read.  Eyes wide with excitement I discovered that the Kenab area was home to the production of more than three hundred westerns.  This is great for me, but will it be enough for Apryl?  Probably not.  She’s not really into westerns.

The day before Kenab we were looking for another hotel.  We still had doubts about our reservation.  We were going to stay at a hotel that, on the internet, seemed a little iffy for  a town we had never heard of before a few weeks ago.  Everything, and I mean everything was booked, which I knew already.  Nothing changed.  We said “screw it.”  Kenab was where we were going to stay for the night.  It placed us an hour and forty five minutes from the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  Perfect for the next morning.  We wake up and we go.   Perfect.  Almost too perfect—

Kenab Movie House. $2 Westerns on Monday nights at 7pm. I'm moving here.

20 miles north of town is the Coral Pink Sand Dunes National Park.  We thought that sounded nice.  Who doesn’t want to see a pink dune?  There are probably unicorns and elves there too.  To get there, our GPS guided us to a barely paved piece of road, skewing off 11 miles  straight into the desert.  Having seen too many ‘stranded in a weird place’ horror films, I said to myself “This is probably where something horrific could happen…  If it’s gonna happen it’ll be here.  I should have brought a gun.  Where’s my leatherman?”  Nothing bad happened.  On the contrary, it was an amazing experience.

Pinkish sand and desert plants

The sand was so soft, almost velvety.  The flowers and foliage were amazing.  There were places to rent dune buggies and dirt bikes.  We were not able to do that, but it didn’t matter.  Utah is on our short list from this trip of where we are definitely coming back to.

The whole state of Utah from top to bottom offered something different every 50 miles.  The landscape is beautiful.  The people were kind and welcoming.  I’m trying to talk Apryl into a ski trip.  I picked up a bunch of trail maps, and am constantly pulling them out of my pocket to say “How’d that get in there?”

Wind battered, sand covered, and sunburned we arrived in town to see the FREE Little Hollywood Museum.  Soooo much fun.  I played Cowboys and Indians for about an hour.  There were props.  I had a (prop)gun.  Set pieces from dozens of films were on display.  I felt like a kid.

Draw!

Fair is Fair!

This land is my land. It is not your land.

We’re in Vegas now.  There are explosions outside our room every two minutes.  It is very different from Kenab, UT.

Films and TV made in and around Kenab:

The Lone Ranger (1938 and 1956), Stagecoach(1939), Wagon Train (1940), Billy The Kid (1941), Tall in the Saddle (1944), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Best of The Badmen (1951), El Dorado (1967), Planet of the Apes (1967 and 2001), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979), Point Break (1991), One Little Indian (1973), F-Troop, How the West was Won, Have Gun will Travel, Grizzly Adams, Lassie, Wagon Train, The Lone Ranger, and many many more.

“This is the place.”

August 12, 2010

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I get it! After trekking diagonally across the nothingness of Wyoming, as the Mormans did, I understand why they arrived in Utah and said, “This is the place.”