Fall 2016 Road Trip

November 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

I drove to Los Angeles and back just because I wanted to, and to visit my cousin. I went by myself and tried not to have much of a plan, but I had to have some sort of timeline to fit with other peoples’ schedules. It might’ve been the best vacation I’ve ever taken. I’ve gone on vacations across the country with my family before, but actually driving by myself was an entirely new perspective. It was fascinating. I feel like I have a newfound appreciation for America, in an entirely unpolitical way. I bought a new camera just for the vacation because my other camera was broken and still being repaired (it’s fixed now). I took well over a thousand photos. A lot of them were just spontaneous shots while I was driving, and a lot of them were pretty redundant or bad shots, but there’s still hundreds worth posting. Enjoy!

    September 30


I drove to Chicago to visit my friend Eric who was having a birthday celebration at a bar/arcade that had free game play that night.

somewhere between Ann Arbor and Chicago

somewhere between Ann Arbor and Chicago


entering downtown Chicago

entering downtown Chicago


at the bar/arcade

at the bar/arcade




gigantic pizza for the birthday celebration

gigantic pizza for the birthday celebration

    October 1

After sleeping at my friend’s house, we got breakfast at the Chicago Diner and went to Reckless Records, and then I started driving west.

Eric's cat Claudius

Eric’s cat Claudius


Claudius in his tunnel

Claudius in his tunnel


Chicago Diner

Chicago Diner


breakfast table

breakfast table


vegan breakfast

vegan breakfast


vegan dessert

vegan dessert


Chicago Diner

Chicago Diner


Reckless Records, Broadway

Reckless Records, Broadway


KA-POW!!

KA-POW!!


back on the road

back on the road


pulling into a rest stop

pulling into a rest stop


exhibits at the rest stop

exhibits at the rest stop



while stopping to get gas or something

while stopping to get gas or something


    October 2

I didn’t stay anywhere to sleep overnight, I just kept driving and took a nap for a couple hours at a rest stop in the morning. Also, my camera’s battery ran out, and since I didn’t stop anywhere to sleep, I had to wait until the afternoon to recharge, when I stopped to eat somewhere. I drove to Denver and walked around downtown and then visited my friend Catdog.




wandering around Denver

wandering around Denver











blue bear peeking into the convention center

blue bear peeking into the convention center





D&D miniatures collection at Catdog's friend's house

D&D miniatures collection at Catdog’s friend’s house


cat playing D&D

cat playing D&D


    October 3


I drove from Denver to Los Angeles in one shot. I didn’t end up in Los Angeles til about 2AM (Pacific Time) but this took me through the Rocky Mountains, which was mindblowing.

breakfast burrito

breakfast burrito


train running around the restaurant

train running around the restaurant


back on the road

back on the road





















stopping at a view area in Utah

stopping at a view area in Utah







    October 4


Made it to Los Angeles!

my cousin lives near Thai Town

my cousin lives near Thai Town




driving to the beach

driving to the beach




































seals!

seals!





hiking up a path in the park to the observatory

hiking up a path in the park to the observatory



Hollywood!

Hollywood!


getting there right as the sun sets

getting there right as the sun sets











ceiling art inside the observatory

ceiling art inside the observatory


pendulum inside the observatory

pendulum inside the observatory


planet models

planet models


sunset skyline

sunset skyline


street art

street art


    October 5


I went to Amoeba in the morning, and later we went to a park where there’s an abandoned zoo. There was also a haunted hayride set up, and they let us walk around for free. At night I went out to Low End Theory for a little bit.

breakfast

breakfast



Brainfeeder on the streetcorner

Brainfeeder on the streetcorner







outside Amoeba

outside Amoeba




inside Amoeba

inside Amoeba


entering the haunted hayride area

entering the haunted hayride area





wandering around the abandoned zoo

wandering around the abandoned zoo






election graffiti

election graffiti












subway

subway


Nobody @ Low End Theory

Nobody @ Low End Theory


Lee Bannon @ Low End Theory

Lee Bannon @ Low End Theory

    October 6

My last day in Los Angeles. Went to Amoeba again, walked around another park area, this time went hiking to a waterfall which was just a trickle because there was a drought.













my cousin ordered a coconut at a Thai restaurant

my cousin ordered a coconut at a Thai restaurant





castle near my cousin's house

castle near my cousin’s house

    October 7


I started driving back in the morning. At one point I had to stop and call AAA because I was about to run out of gas and I just missed the last exit for hundreds of miles. So it was mostly just a day of driving through the desert.








rest stop as the sun is setting

rest stop as the sun is setting

    October 8


After staying overnight at a hotel in Utah, I continued driving, and took photos at as many view areas as I could. My camera was running out of space, though, so I put it away after a while and kept driving.

farm outside the hotel I stayed at

farm outside the hotel I stayed at


the restaurant I stopped at for breakfast had tons of clocks on the wall

the restaurant I stopped at for breakfast had tons of clocks on the wall






















    October 9

Final day driving home. I didn’t stop overnight, I just kept driving and took a nap or two at rest stops.

sunrise through a bug-smeared windshield

sunrise through a bug-smeared windshield


at a rest stop in Michigan (or maybe Illinois)

at a rest stop in Michigan (or maybe Illinois)

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