The Journey Ends… Anderson, South Carolina to Medford, Oregon

Since We Arrived

Sorry for the radio silence; we’ve been settling in at our temporary Medford, Oregon home and starting our hunt for a permanent place, setting up shop here, recovering from the drive and playing with the kids. But now I’m back :-) And since I didn’t have a decent internet connection at our last night on the road in Winnemucca, NV, this entry covers the last two days of our journey!

The Last Two Days

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

Before hitting the road, we took some time to check out Salt Lake City. The geography of the place is simply stunning—as we drove in the evening before, we weren’t sure what to expect, but coming through the mountain pass dropping into the city, we were massively impressed by the vista below. A huge valley, or basin, surrounded by snowy mountains (in June!) with the enormous Great Salt Lake in the background is truly breathtaking. It’s easy to see why Brigham Young decided to settle there in 1847!

The big thing to see in SLC is, of course, the Mormon Temple and its surrounding structures. We parked under the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and once we rose through the parking labyrinth into the building lobby, were immediately struck by the opulence of the place. We actually rode past the lobby on the elevator to the top floor viewing area, but after chatting with the lovely ladies in the sky about the best viewing spots in town, we knew we had higher elevations to ascend to. Back on the ground we toured the building lobby, which was celebrating a 100 year anniversary so was filled with tour guides dressed in old-world clothes extolling the history of the structure. It used to be the Hotel Utah, one of the “finest hotels in the land”, but was ultimately converted to the Memorial Building that it is today. Amazing details in the carpeting, filigree, lighting and more are a feast for the eyes.

The building is celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary, and so the lobby was full of guides in period dress telling visitors about the building’s history.

Tour guide in character at the John Smith Memorial Building (formerly Utah Hotel)Tour guide in character, John Smith Memorial Building (formerly Utah Hotel) @ June 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 160, ƒ/1.7, 1/30

We toured the grounds and saw a bride and groom posing for photos in front of the Temple. We took an escorted trip to the top of the Church of LDS Business Building for quite possibly the best view in the city (just ask for an escort in the lobby!), where we gazed upon the city some more.

Finally we headed out of the city for our next long drive, passing the Great Salt Lake and heading towards the awesome Salt Flats. We stopped for a stretch and a photo or two, before settling in at the Salt Flats Cafe for lunch. The cafe sits at the entrance to the Bonneville Salt Flats, known as the home of the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway. In the summer, the flats are cleared and prepped for speed trials and other such fast-car goodness, but for now people just tear off in their 4x4 vehicles and coat their undercarriage in salts. I was hoping to have a little fun in the Audi, but the salts were quite wet and a storm was coming in as well, so we decided against getting stuck in the muck.

Rain Storm Coming at Bonneville Salt Flats, UtahRain Storm Coming at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 5D Mk II & 50mm ƒ/1.2L @ ISO 160, ƒ/7.1, 1/1000

With hundreds of miles still to go, we got back on the open road, heading from Utah to Nevada via Beverly Hills (as you do), experiencing the desolate land of northern Nevada, before finally setting in at Winners Casino in Winnemucca, NV (yes, that’s actually where we stayed… why not?!). It’s a town full of desolate things, but also one graced with an abundance of Basque restaurants. Yeah, you read that right. Apparently a handful of Basque sheepherders settled in Winnemucca over a century ago, and never left. We picked one at random and enjoyed a beautiful meal at the Martin Hotel, where you sit at long tables with other guests and are fed entirely too much food! My one tip for this place is GO HUNGRY. Do not visit expecting to just order a starter as your main. The menu is brief, with a handful of options only, and they all include everything else, from salad to appetizers to bread and dessert and even wine. The food was very good — I won’t say amazing, but it was very good — and we enjoyed the ambiance and our neighbors at the table very much.

We finished up the night by throwing away a fortune at the penny slots at Winners. A dingy, smoky, run-down casino and penny slots—fantastic.

The following morning on check-out, I couldn’t resist outing the hotel’s graphic design department (OK, that’s a bad joke… probably a shift manager did this) for their outright theft of a watermarked photo and blatant disregard for taste in graphic design, which got a fun little conversation going on Twitter here, here and here.

The desolate road awaited, and as this was our last day in the car we were anxious to go! The landscape changed dramatically, and when we ultimately entered Oregon we felt, as you might imagine, that this long journey was finally coming to an end. There was an impressive drop into a huge valley along the way, and a gorgeous little lake in the middle of nowhere that begged a quick photo stop. As we got deeper into Oregon, we were met by lush and beautiful forests and the Klamath Lake. The ride from there into Medford, over the Falls Highway on OR-140 was stunning, but being so close to the end we didn’t stop—besides, I see loads of weekends spent up there in our future!

Finally, finally arriving in Medford, after 2,872 miles, 11 states and 8 days, checking into our cute little 1-bedroom furnished cottage that will be home until we find a proper one, was a great relief. The drive was fantastic, but it’s always good to be home—even if you’ve never been there before.

ARRIVED!! 2,872 miles, 11 states in 8 days. This is our temp home in Medford, OR while we search! #sc2or

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

The Ride… No Details Today

I’m sitting on the slowest internet connection known to man here in Winnemucca, Nevada, so my normal routine of recapping yesterday and linking to our Instagram photos just isn’t going to happen. I can’t even switch to tethering 3G off the iPhone as the only connection here is on Edge. I’ll have to do a last-two-days recap tomorrow, when we’ve settled into our temporary digs in Oregon. I will, however, share one lovely photo from yesterday.

Bonneville Salt Flats

As we drove west through the never-ending flats, we stopped a few times for sunny photos, but it was when we reversed direction and drove the three mile runway towards the International Speedway that a storm we’d left behind suddenly faced us down and rushed in with a temper.

Incredible white sand and distant mountains shrouded in angry clouds made for a striking vista.

The Storm Approaches, Bonneville Salt Flats, UtahThe Storm Approaches, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 50mm ƒ/1.2L @ ISO 160, ƒ/10, 1/640

Today is our last day on the road! From here in Winnemucca, we get off the Interstate again and head through a series of smaller roads leading to Southern Oregon. It’s been a great journey, but it’ll be good to rest again.

Salt Lake City, UT

The Road Less Traveled

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

Yesterday’s drive was an odd one. For the longest time, from Steamboat Springs, CO towards Utah along US-40 we barely saw a soul. The scenery was pretty, but nothing to compare to the day before in the Rocky Mountains, of course. We stopped for an early lunch in Craig at a fantastic joint called The Op Bar & Grill, where the burgers were fat and gorgeous.

Once back on the open road, there wasn’t much to shoot, which was fine by me as I wasn’t feeling terribly well. Too much running around in the Rocky Mountains at altitude, I think. Eventually we crossed into Utah and rolled to a stop in Vernal, which is a town with a serious dinosaur fetish.

This town has a serous dinosaur fetish #sc2or

Somewhere beyond that, Utah started getting really pretty. The mountains in the distance and the red rocks in the foreground were very picturesque. I kept looking for a place to get the “perfect photo” from, but just couldn’t find it. It seemed all the best spots had loads of power lines or ugly buildings or some other eyesore in front of them, and as mentioned before I wasn’t feeling so hot, so I just wasn’t in the mood to go exploring. Which is a shame, because now I feel like I missed some great opportunities.

I did make a few iPhone shots from the moving car, and inadvertently got a lesson in the iPhone’s HDR technique. Ultimately though, we were pretty much bored out of our skulls.

Tragically, where Utah gets exceptionally pretty, we literally could NOT pull over to shoot at all. A huge stretch of US-40 is under construction, and there’s just no where to stop. Which was truly sad, because we saw some amazing scenery. *sigh*… just not my photo day.

We stopped in Sinclair to refill the windshield wiper water (lotsa bugs!), and were a little surprised at this photo display of hunting trophies on the wall there. I’m not anti-hunting, but somehow this seems a bit tasteless. I’m sure not everyone agrees, but there you go.

We finally arrived in Salt Lake City, where we stayed in another private apartment found on airbnb.com. What attracted us to this place was the promise of rooftop views of the city and the lake, and the views definitely didn’t disappoint. We also met up with fellow photographer Nicole S Young for dinner, (she just completed a new ebook on (micro)STOCK, available from Craft & Vision), and she captured a rare picture of Alenka and I in the same photo on this trip. Oh she also let me fondle her X100. Very very nice.

Salt Lake City at Twilight

Truth be told, we wanted to be up on the roof at sunset, but as you’ve figured out by now, this just wasn’t my best photo day. We were late and by the time we were on the roof, it was well past sundown. But, twilight is still a beautiful time to shoot.

Salt Lake City, UT at TwilightSalt Lake City, UT at Twilight @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 5D Mk II & 14mm ƒ/2.8L Aspherical @ ISO 160, ƒ/4, 0.5s

Today we’ll do a little sightseeing in Salt Lake City, then head out past the Great Salt Lake and then to the Salt Flats. We’ll stop somewhere in northern Nevada for the night, then it’s just one more day to Oregon!

Wild Animal Country; Colorado

Denver, Boulder, Estes, Rockies

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

We started late and our first destination was Boulder, only a short 40 minute or so drive from Denver. The prettiness started from the first moment, as we were driving straight towards the mountains that we’d soon be climbing. But first, a stop in Boulder was in order for a little lunch and to check out the street performers on Pearl Street (yes, there’s a person in there!).

One of the sites to see in Boulder is the Flatiron formation, which we drove up to the National Center for Environmental Research to get a better view of (which wasn’t really the best view, apparently, but still a nice drive and we saw the first of many large furry critters while up there).

Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado, from the NCARFlatirons in Boulder, Colorado, from the NCAR @ June 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 100, ƒ/3.5, 1/1000

Eventually we started the journey towards the Rocky Mountain National Park, and with only one quick stop to tweet a reality check that we weren’t in the flatlands anymore, our first proper stop was when we encountered some serious wildlife. Alenka spotted them and I swerved off the road to react, and after a few quick shots from the car, I pulled out the big guns and fired off a handful of frames of a small elk herd moving their way across people’s front lawns.

Wild Elk in the Rocky MountainsWild Elk in the Rocky Mountains @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 70-200mm ƒ/4L IS @ ISO 160, ƒ/4, 1/640

Not the kind of thing you see in Los Angeles, for sure.

We recovered from this amazing sighting at the local Colorado Cherry Company, where a slice of cherry pie à la mode and two coffees were sorely needed. That made us smile.

The drive west and up continued, with more pretty prettiness that had to be shared, and another stop at the entrance to the Estes Park area. We were quickly accosted by a mob of hungry chipmunks who, in pretty clear English, demanded food for passage. Alenka was happy to oblige.

Alenka feeds the chipmunks. They demanded it.Alenka feeds the chipmunks. They demanded it. @ June 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 100, ƒ/2, 1/500

She named him Cheery-oki. You’ll have to ask her.

Rocky Mountain National Park

We decided not to stop in Estes Park, the town itself. Adorable, for sure, but crammed with tourists and we had far more interesting natural beauty ahead in the Rocky Mountains National Park. Alenka had to prove to the world why were stopping so much, but when you have shocking beauty like this, you just have to stop again and again and again! And even though it’s June, and a refreshing high 60’s through most of the park, the snow was piled high. The drive itself was certainly different than what we had the day before in Kansas and eastern Colorado.

There’s no describing the stunning vistas up there; you simply have to go see it for yourself. Just don’t forget that you’re at some pretty serious elevation — over 12,000 feet in fact — so don’t do too much running around with a heavy camera if you’re not used to it (*pant*… *pant*).

The route down was equally gorgeous, but also in the shadow side of things, so we stopped a lot less on the way out of the park. Shadow Mountain Lake was worth stopping for however, where we saw an empty lot and dreamed ever-so-briefly about a life on the lake in a log cabin, before picking up a Realtor’s advertisement for a lovely cottage on the water priced a paltry $1.8M. Adorable.

Needless to say, I have a lot of photos to share over the coming months from this drive.

Rocky Mountain National ParkRocky Mountain National Park @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/7.1, 1/500

Today we head towards Salt Lake City, Utah. Never been, and we’ll be connecting with fellow photography Nicole Young. Can’t wait!

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I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore

The Road Behind

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

The drive from the Middle of Nowhere, Kansas to Denver, Colorado was somewhat uninspiring. For the first part of the day, seeing something, anything, was an event to photograph. We passed a small windmill farm, and I questioned where Don Quixote was. I even tried really hard to make the vista more interesting with Instagram filters, but failed miserably. At one point the road curved, which was fascinating. As one facebook poster commented, “AGH! Untie the wheel! Turn off the cruise control!”. True, true.

OMG! the road turns! HOLD ON!!! #sc2or

We stopped for a much needed caffeine break in Colby and decided against a snack of fried fried stuff, then after some indeterminate period of time, were finally welcomed to colorful Colorado, although Alenka lamented the lack of hills to go along with the (lack of) color.

The weather looked like it might turn for the worse, which made for a pull-off-the-highway-worthy iPhone photo, where a Colorado state trooper was kind enough to pull over and ensure we were OK. That had to be the highlight of the day.

Weather. #sc2or

Finally to Denver, where we stayed at a B&B found on airbnb.com, walking distance to the Cherry Creek part of town and home to a new and wonderful “tacos and tequila” restaurant called Machete, which serves all kinds of “street food” deliciousness, some wonderful salsas and very very strong and creative margaritas (think jalapeño and cilantro muddled tequila). Yum.

The Road Ahead

The plan from Denver was originally to go straight up I-25 to I-80 and over to Salt Lake City, but we’ve decided to break that trip into two days and instead pass through Boulder and then the US-40 through the mountains. We will probably stay in Steamboat Springs tonight, or somewhere slightly past that, and at the moment we’re still deciding if we should go from Boulder north through the Rocky Mountains National Park, or south and visit historic Georgetown. We may not decide until we stop in Boulder, and of course we’re always soliciting your opinions!

Also the journey through there should fill the camera coffers with more beautiful vistas than open-prairie Instagram snapshots ;-)

Missouri, Kansas, and The Gateway Arch

Missouri to Kansas

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign—and yes there’s a lot of ‘em today!)

The day began in St. Louis, Missouri, with a visit to the Gateway Arch. We saw it the evening before on the way into the city, and I’ve been to St. Louis many many times (my mom was from here), and yet I’ve never been in the Arch! So this was a must-do on our little cross-country journey.

We rode the impressive tram to the top of the 630 foot (192 meter) Arch, which offers a window into it’s mostly unlit innards; four minutes up and three minutes down, with as much time as you like on the observation deck. The tram is a fascinating system of round “barrels” that stay upright as the system moves them from under the Arch, past a tighter-than-90˚ curve, then up her long, slender legs. It was designed in just two weeks by Dick Bowser, a clever inventor and elevator designer with no college degree who happened into the opportunity. If you visit the Arch, ask for a copy of the article about Mr. Bowser’s creation from the Museum Gazette and a park ranger will be happy to get one for you.

Once topside, you’re greeted by disappointingly small observation windows to peer through, but even still the view is fantastic. Looking west towards the Old Courthouse building or east over the Mississippi, or even straight down onto the lawn or to the river below if you stretch your neck, the vista is gorgeous.

From St. Louis we drove towards Kansas City for dinner with a cousin and his family. There wasn’t much to see along the way except for a bridge or two, a long desolate road and the finally-found ultimate road-trip snack (there’d been a shortage in the last several states—the horror!).

As the sun went down, we jumped off the freeway one more time to see Truckhenge, a listing from the fantastic iPhone app Roadside America that my buddy Chris Fenwick recommended before my last cross-country jaunt. Definitely worth downloading before your next road-trip!

St. Louis Gateway Arch

As with any major monument, photographing it in a unique and unseen way is virtually impossible, so all you can do is take it as a personal challenge to capture a distinctly interesting view of this oft-viewed structure.

St. Louis Gateway ArchSt. Louis Gateway Arch @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/4.5, 1/3200

We were fortunate; while nearly 100˚F and humid as a steam bath, there were clouds in the sky that reflected beautifully in the metal facade of the Gateway Arch. I suppose I should have come at sunrise, but frankly after the gorgeous Italian dinner we had the night before, an early rise was not in the cards.

St. Louis Gateway ArchSt. Louis Gateway Arch @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/8, 1/800

As regular readers know by now, I absolutely love using the Silver Efex Pro II plug-in. The Ilford Delta 400 Pro film stock simulation used in the photo above, plus a bit more tweaking, renders reflective metal gorgeously.

As mentioned earlier, if you stretch your neck, crawl to the top of the sloped viewing platform, smash your camera up against the glass and hope to not get yelled at by a Ranger, you can catch a fantastic view of the ground that looks like you’re mysteriously outside of the Arch. Reflections are a bear on the thick glass, but a warm body positioned appropriately makes for a good light block!

In the photo below, you can see the base of the Arch, and also her shadow cast on the lawn below. I love this view, and it’s certainly not commonly seen. Even most visitors to the top of the Arch won’t see this; you really have to work at it to get this view!

St. Louis Gateway ArchSt. Louis Gateway Arch @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/6.3, 1/200

I shot another one in portrait (vertical), which includes the Old Courthouse, but it wasn’t wide enough to get the full shadow of the Arch, so it’s not as telling. I’d love to shoot this again with a wider lens, in better light, and with the shadow creating a perfect Arch across the lawn. It’d be an amazing photo.

Tennessee to Missouri… Water Wheel, Big Wheel, Big Arch

Tennessee to Kentucky to Illinois to Missouri

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

The journey continues. We left Tennessee, passing through Kentucky and Illinois before resting in St. Louis, Missouri for the night. Along the way we stopped at what appeared to be an interesting roadside destination, Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. A quick google showed it to be one of the top eateries in the state, and I figured if it’s a settlement built in the 1880’s, there should be some cool old buildings to photograph!

Truth be told, it’s a pretty disappointing place. Other than an old water wheel and a creepy restaurant that was so quiet we were afraid to talk, there wasn’t much to see or do. You’re walking around a perfectly manicured path and fake waterfalls, from gift shop to gift shop, on a scavenger hunt for anything more than 30 years old. The food was good, but you know, we could have stuck to a roadside diner and been happier.

Wheel… of… water!!!

Back on the road we saw the biggest wheel ever on the back of a truck (and then ran across a convoy of them), and eventually made our way across the great Mississippi River and were welcomed to St. Louis by the Gateway Arch (where we’re going this morning for a proper tour).

Mahsura… you left the gate open #sc2or

For dinner, we were treated by family in St. Louis to an amazing Italian meal at Mama Campisi’s in an area of town called The Hill. The antipasti was amazing, and the main dishes were all fabulous. Alenka picked the best I think, with a seafood pasta that was to die for. The pasta primavera with a creamy pesto was beautiful as well.

No visit to St. Louis would be complete without a trip to Ted Drewes for frozen custard, where even at 10 o’clock at night, the place is packed.

Today we’ll go up the Arch, drive to Kansas City and stop to see a cousin, then spend the night somewhere in Kansas!

Country Music, Street Style, in Nashville, TN

On the Road Again

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

The journey began yesterday; driving from South Carolina through North Carolina and into Tennessee. Along the way we stopped at the “Freedom Gun” shop, because that’s not the sort of thing you get outside of the south, and certainly not in Europe. Their sign on the street caught our attention, and the nice folks inside were kind enough to let Alenka feel up some serious American metal. After that we stopped at a beautiful roadside market where I introduced Alenka to hot boiled peanuts, (yummy salty goodness!) and then pretty much drove straight on through to Nashville.

Nashville, Tennessee

We visited with a high school friend and his family, and after dinner wandered downtown on Broadway street, the “honkey tonk” area. There was a free live music Red Cross benefit concert playing in the streets, and of course we sampled a few local bars, each with live music of their own!

At the end of the evening we came across this street performer who was just fantastically into his gig, and didn’t mind my prying lens one bit. Thanks, Mr. Street Performer!

Street Musician, Nashville, TNStreet Musician, Nashville, TN @ June, 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 1600, ƒ/2.2, 1/20

This is hand-held with my Lumix GF1, that street camera I’m coming to love more and more. Auto white balance worked reasonably well; the lighting out there is crazy, mixing street lights, neon lights, and whatever is pouring out of the bars themselves. I desaturated the colors and tweaked the curves a bit, but that’s about it.

Hot Air Ballooning Over Anderson, SC

The Drive Begins

Today we start our drive cross-country! We’ll go from Anderson, SC to Nashville, TN where we’ll stay with a high school friend for the night. From there, on to St. Louis, MO and then continuing towards Oregon.

View and add to our route here, and again I’d certainly love to hear more feedback on what we should see and eat along the way. We’ll do our best to post daily photos of the journey, and of course, we’ll be tweeting along the way, hashtag #SC2OR.

On the top of the front page of the blog, a real-time Google Latitude map will track our progress.

Hot Air Balloon!

Last weekend we took a hot air balloon ride; my first ever. It’s such an incredible experience, and I really recommend you take one if you have the opportunity. Early morning is of course best, for the light and the cooler temperatures. Unfortunately our day was somewhat hazy, although it was still a fantastic experience.

I’ll do a story on it later with more pictures (there are some really fun ones of everybody setting up the balloon and filling it!); for now just these two photos will have to do. The first is probably my favorite from the journey, and it’s likely not the view you’d expect to see!

Hot Air Ballooning in Anderson, SCHot Air Ballooning in Anderson, SC @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 5D Mk II & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/6.3, 1/80

Pointing straight down can give an interesting view of the world. To really achieve the effect, I think you have to really point straight down; the slightest angle skews the view. From a balloon, that usually means that part of the basket will be in the shot. For this shot above though I was able to zoom just past the basket and catch the reflection of the balloon in the marsh below.

The second is obviously just the trees alone, and I love the contrast and peculiar perspective.

Trees From AboveTrees From Above @ June 2011 | Canon EOS 5D Mk II & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 160, ƒ/6.3, 1/80

Road Trip! South Carolina to Oregon… The Countdown Begins

It’s finally time…

In a little more than a week, we’ll begin our cross-country drive, heading back west. If you were a part of the adventure this direction, you’ll notice we’re taking a totally different route, and going to a totally different spot on the west coast! Life… it’s funny how unexpected she can be. This return drive was supposed to happen last year, only a couple of months after the trip east. That was ten months ago.

(If you missed out on the California to South Carolina trip last time, you can still see the community edited map, and the best way to see all the photos is to start with trip wrap-up.)

As with the last trip, I’ve made a Google map that’s publicly editable. If you live along this route and want to say hello, let me know! If you know an amazing eatery, a photographic can’t-miss, or any other site to behold, please add it to the map or drop a comment below. The last trip was 100x more amazing that it would have been, all because of you. I met many of you along the way, had some amazing meals, saw sites I’d have otherwise missed, and most importantly, made some fantastic new friends.

The route

Since our destination is southern Oregon, we’re taking a more northerly route than the trip out. This won’t be quite the leisurely, photo-centric drive that the last one was. We don’t have as much time, and while I don’t want to make this trip all about the destination, we won’t be taking the long way there. Our planned route and stopping points (which is totally flexible except Nashville and St. Louis, where we’re visiting friends) include: Anderson, SC to Nashville, TN to St. Louis, MO to Omaha, NE to Cheyenne, WY to Salt Lake City, UT to Winnemucca, NV to Medford, OR.

If you’re asking yourself “why” for some of these latter cities… heck I dunno, they fell on the map after a reasonable amount of driving. Got a better suggestion?

(map closed 2011-06-15)

To edit the map, just click on the “view larger” link above, and once you’re logged into your Google account, any location, restaurant, etc. you look at will have a “Save to map” option. Just click that, and select our map, “Joseph & Alenka; SC to OR” and save it to it!

To add a location to our map, simply select it and click “Save to Map”, then choose our map, “Joseph & Alenka; SC to OR”. Thanks!

The rest of the details

We’ll make ‘em up as we go, really… ;-)