An updated update of my route so far, plus a bunch of photos that haven’t found their way into posts. The map so far:
After Leadville/Twin Lakes, CO, the route includes stops in Glenwood Springs, CO; Salt Lake City; several Utah national parks; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland, OR; Seattle; Spokane; Coeur d’Alene, ID, and, as of this evening, Kalispell, MT. After the jump, some photos from along the way.
Doesn't this mountain man statue (in the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River, Utah) look like Robin Williams? I think so.
Statue in Provo, UT, that it would be easy to make jokes about, but is actually kind of lovely.
I wonder how big the market for inflatable Mormon missionaries is.
Wading in the Great Salt Lake.
This is the Angel Moroni, who directed Joseph Smith to the golden plates upon which were printed the Book of Mormon. Then the angel took them back for safekeeping.
Outside the full-length feature film about Joseph Smith, there were tissue boxes everywhere, just in case.
Payson City, UT, was celebrating Onion Days. When we ordered dinner at this burger shack, we also received enormous onions.
Something Brooks likes to do on a hike is dash off to scale any steep surface he sees along the trail. I don't share this passion.
Beauty at Arches National Park.
At Escalante (still in Utah), we hiked to a waterfall.
In LA, I had dinner across the street from the parking lot where Robert Blake did not shoot his wife in 2001.
In LA, I stayed with my college friend John, who lives in Toluca Lake. Thanks, John!
I made it to the Pacific!
Soapbox time! These bumper stickers read: "Restore Families: YES on 8" "King Kong is not my grandpa"; "Don't blame me; I voted for Jack" (from Jack in the Box); "Love the sinner, hate the SIN"; and "Jesus Rocks." I would not have thought one car could sum up everything I loathe about some elements of American Christianity, but hey, this trip is all about discovery.
This is the world's largest garlic braid.
At Pittock Mansion in Portland, I briefly turned into a ghost.
HELLO I AM IN A CHEESE FACTORY.
Emily and I ate a smoked-fish pizza. Yum.
The next day, we went to a lighthouse on the Oregon coast with a great view.
One last look at the Pacific.
And a surprise trip to Snoqualmie Falls.