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Roadtrippin’

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This post should have been written a long time ago, but oh well,  here goes.

In August a friend and I took a roadtrip that started in San Diego, went through Arizona and into New Mexico and then back.  Though it was spur of the moment, no part of it ever felt rushed.  I forget sometimes that I spent half my youth in New Mexico and I defiantly forgot how beautiful the southwest was.  Actually, maybe I never knew, maybe its beauty was something I couldn’t truly appreciated until now.

Day 1  –  6:00 am  (San Diego, CA – Flagstaff, AZ)

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My roadtrippin partner and I

We hit the road with a full tank of gas, blankets, coffee, snacks, a deck of cards and a cribbage board.  We traveled out of the city and haze and onto endless stretches of open road, one of them being the historic Route 66.  Around 3pm we arrived at our first destination:

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The Grand Canyon.

Day 2  – 7:00 am (Flagstaff, AZ – Las Cruces, NM)

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This day was amazing!  We went to a meteor crater impact site, a petrified forest, drove through a massive rain storm complete with thunder and lightning that lit up the whole sky, and finally ended up and White Sands National Park.  I had been here when I was younger and I remembered liking it, but I don’t think I remembered it being this amazing.  It is unlike any place with a beauty all its own.

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Looking out into the crater.

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White Sands National Park.

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Day 3  – 7:00 am  (Las Cruces, NM – San Diego, CA)

Our final day was a lot of driving, but it really didn’t seem like it.  Between playing cribbage, stopping at random places and all the things we saw while driving it was actually quite enjoyable.  The main stop for the day was Tombstone, AZ, which we ended up spending almost 4 hours at.  We went on a tour of the town, saw a gunfight (that I ended up being a part of), ate lunch at a saloon and wondered around the town for a bit.

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The Colorado River

After a long, hot day we stopped in Yuma, AZ to stretch our legs.  Because it was 8pm and still 101º we went for a swim in the Colorado River.  It was the perfect way to end our southwest roadtrip adventure!
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Hope you enjoyed.
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ps. some of you may know that I am on a new adventure, living in Madrid, I will be updating soon about that!
::Aloha::
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Ben Trovato

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I recently came across this amazing photo blog called Ben Trovato, and have been somewhat addicted ever since.  It was started in July 2009, and since has become a raging success, with millions of hits and visits.  BT has opened doors for hundreds of photographers, both established and for the up and coming.  Here are just some of the photographs that I came across that I loved, but check it out for yourself. . . .

http://bentrovatoblog.com/

Paul Shalan for Ben Trovato

Damien Vignaux for Ben Trovato

Damien Vignaux for Ben Trovato

Kim Akrigg for Ben Trovato

Kim Akrigg for Ben Trovato

Ninelle Efremova for Ben-trovato

Air.

So I know I just got done saying how I don’t like to post videos, but this one is too lovely not to post.  It comes from the New York based artist named Daniel Wurtzel.  All he uses is fabric and air to create one of the most be amazingly beautiful things I have seen in a while.

http://www.danielwurtzel.com/

Epic Movie

I have been at home sick for the last couple of days, which means a lot of movie time.  I was watching tons of instant Netflix (thanks to my new blue-ray player) but then remembered that I had this amazing film.  It is called The Fall, and if you haven’t seen it, you are truly missing out.  It is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Just watch it for yourself, maybe on a nice summer night and enjoy the epic beauty of this very understated film.