Jun
17
2015
During our road trip we’ve learned some things, About life. About driving. About saving money. Here’s what we learned: Apps You Need Hotwire Priceline Waze Yelp Trip Advisor Eating Eating three full meals on the road can be a lot of calories. You probably won’t want three big meals, especially if you’re sitting in the […]
Jun
16
2015
Throughout most of our cross country trip, even in big cities like St. Louis and Memphis, I wondered where all the people were. They’re in LA. (And mostly stuck in traffic.) At the Griffith Park Observatory, city residents hiked on the dusty trails that snaked through the mountains around us, getting a respite from the […]
Jun
16
2015
The car climbed up the hills of Los Angeles. In the early morning, the thick fog obscured their ascent. In the rearview mirror, one could barely see the gigantic white letters sitting on the hills. At the top, they parked their red coupe and walked towards the observatory, cautiously scoping the scene. Looking over the […]
Jun
15
2015
Today Anna learned how to play Craps, Roulette, and Video Poker. And we didn’t go broke. After checking out of the Stratosphere in the morning, we headed over to In-N-Out Burger, because I’ll be damned if I don’t go to an In-N-Out every chance I get. After the burgers, we drove over to Golden Nugget […]
Jun
15
2015
A young man stood on a platform 1100 feet above the Vegas strip. He grinned and posed, giving the camera a thumbs up. But when the attendant hooked the caribbeaner onto his harness and started backing him toward the edge, the young man’s expression changed. Terror. Regret. He grabbed onto a rail desperately. The attendant […]
Jun
14
2015
Everyone tells you pictures don’t do the Grand Canyon justice. They’re right. But at the same time, the expansive backdrop looks like a movie set, like a postcard of itself. It’s so deep and so wide, filled with pyramids of carved limestone with little tufts of shrubs sticking out of them. At the visitor’s center […]
Jun
12
2015
Today we learned that there is a difference between a “natural landmark” and a “national landmark.” National landmarks have free admission. Natural landmarks cost $18 per adult. Somewhere in Arizona east of Flagstaff is an overpriced hole in the ground creatively titled “Meteor Crater.” If you happen to be in the area and tune your […]
Jun
12
2015
Mac Brazel was working out on his ranch when he came across some odd-looking debris scattered in a field. It was spread out 3 football fields wide. Not recognizing the material, he gathered a sample and took it to the local sheriff’s office. The sheriff passed it on to officials at Roswell Army Airfield, just […]
Jun
12
2015
Miles from anywhere is Lubbock, Texas. If you blink you may pass it. If you somehow come upon Lubbock, Texas you are probably lost. We stopped for lunch in Lubbock on our way to Roswell at a joint called the Cast Iron Skillet. It was basically a real-life Cracker Barrel. This is what Cracker Barrel […]
Jun
12
2015
West Texas, home to ranches, windmills, oil derricks, and of course, cat lovers.
Jun
10
2015
Back and to the left. Back and to the left. In the middle of Elm Street at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, there is a white X. In between bursts of traffic, tourists run into the middle of the road to have their picture taken and run back before the traffic starts up again. On […]
Jun
10
2015
“Dallas has ebola.” That’s how an acquaintance from Fort Worth characterized Dallas when we met up for dinner. Apparently the two neighboring cities share an airport and not much else. There is a real New York-New Jersey style rivalry going on there. In addition to its ebola outbreak last fall, “Dallas has all the transplants […]
Jun
10
2015
Every museum without fail ended at the gift shop. Cleveland Museum of Art Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Notre Dame Anheuser Busch Brewery (well, it ended at the bar) Gateway Arch Graceland Sun Studio Civil Rights Museum JFK Museum Buddy Holly Museum International UFO Museum Why is this? Was there a big convention of […]
Jun
08
2015
Texarkana makes no fucking sense. A city that exists across a state line, in Arkansas and Texas. What must have started out as a game of chicken to see which state would give up first, Texarkana still exists as a city in both Arkansas and Texas. Even though they have their own mayors and city […]
Jun
08
2015
Due to its natural mineral waters, the tiny town of Hot Springs, Arkansas, became a resort destination back in the 1870s. The first bathhouses were log cabins built straddling the springs, but they burned down in the early 20th century, and were soon replaced with beautiful, “modern” structures. Several bathhouses have been renovated and are […]
Jun
08
2015
There is a small contingency of conspiracy theorists on the North Shore of Long Island who believe that the correct pronunciation of the state west of Tennessee is “Ar-kan-zuss.” However, this myth was quickly BUSTED. It only took us offending a few locals in Little Rock, who defiantly asserted that they lived in the state […]
Jun
07
2015
“The sustain, listen to it.” “I don’t hear anything.” “Well you would though, if it were playing.” The Gibson Guitar Factory tour piqued both Anna and my interests. I like guitars, and Anna likes seeing how things are made. Unlike other tours, this one starts in the gift shop. Of course, you’re there, so you […]
Jun
06
2015
Officially, Elvis Presley died in 1977 at his Graceland estate here in Memphis, Tennessee. But did he really? Many people don’t think so. The suspicion revolves around the secrecy of the King’s autopsy report. The document was sealed by his father and won’t be made public until 2027. Some believe he faked his death and […]
Jun
05
2015
After briefly checking out the St. Louis Zoo yesterday we hit the road for Memphis. Logged a lot of miles. Looking for somewhere to eat lunch, Anna used Yelp for “Anywhere in a 50 mile radius” and came upon a cajun joint in a town called Cape Girardeau. Getting off the highway, we stumbled upon […]
Jun
04
2015
So we toured the Anheuser Busch brewery in St. Louis yesterday. It’s free. Check it out next time you’re in St. Louis. When we arrived we got a ticket for the 2:30pm tour. We were in group “Bud Light Lime”. “So, you put us in the Bud Light Lime group. Why do you hate us?” […]