A few final digital shots from my time on the road over the last 7 weeks. I’ve finally made my way back home to New York. I left here June 3rd and got back just last week, and it only took me 12,000 miles to go from Brooklyn to Brooklyn! (By way of quiet roads all across the US). It all almost seems like a whirlwind now… till next time.
Headed back east finally. Said hi to Kentucky and Tennessee real quick.
A few more pictures from when Amardeep was on the road with me between Nevada and New Mexico. These are from Arizona I believe. We took the car down endless miles of desert highway and dirt forest roads on our search for the Grand Canyon and everything else the area had to offer. We had to use the jack twice that day, and took off two wheels - both within an hour. Wouldn’t be an adventure without some hiccups.
I made my way across from Highway 1 over towards Las Vegas to pick up my friend Deep who had planned to fly out from NY to meet me for a few days of driving. I picked up in the morning and we started north towards Zion National Park where we planned to stay that night. The drive up was pretty amazing - lots of hot desert, but as we got a little north and entered the park things got a bit more green - but the crazy canyons and rock formations did not let up.
My friend Ade, who I met in NY last summer and who now lives in SF, decided to take a trip down the coastal highway with me on the next leg of my journey south. We spent two days in the Big Sur area and got to experience some of the best coastline America has to offer. One of the highlights for me was the night we spent on the coast - we found probably the best campsite I’ve had in years, if not ever. Atop a mountain ridge right along the coast and above the fog line. Truly breathtaking.
My friend Liam was doing some work down in LA while I was still in Portland so he decided to fly up north and meet me so he could could take a drive down the California coast to San Francisco for the next leg of my trip. Between highway hopping, photo stops and food breaks it ended up being a very long day. When we got to our friend’s place in SF we counted it out to something like 15 hours since we left that morning.
Took a break from my drivers seat for a few hours yesterday morning, on my way back north through the rockies, for a kayak seat instead. My friend Aaron asked me if I wanted to stop by a beautiful lake a little south of the higher peaks and the timing worked out perfect. Got to spend a couple hours on the water and in the sun before getting back on the road.
While I was still in Portland I took a trip north to Seattle for the first time. My friend Linnea and I walked the city and saw the sights. We also stopped at a beautiful wildlife refuge between Olympia and Seattle.
There’s always something special about playing with some sparklers while the last bits of light fade on a summer’s evening.
Are you ready for the 4th? We set off some sparklers in anticipation along the water in Portland.
In Portland we tried one day to go check out a farmers market - but it turned out to be both the only rainy day we had while I was in town and also apparently one of the weaker days for the farmer’s market scene. But we made the best of it and ran around town a little checking out the local fairs.
Kurt and Grace can’t help but to jump and kick for joy in the warm sun on the beach.
Sometimes you need to take it all off and just jump in.
Welcome to summer!
Coincidentally I made it all the way from New York to the Pacific just in time for the first official day of summer. Me and some friends from Portland - Angelo, Grace and Kurt - made our way to the beach Friday afternoon to enjoy some summer sun, sand and obligatory seaside snacks.
Sunsets and espadrilles, true summer essentials.