Last week it snowed several inches. During the week it was sunny and warm (subjective, 42 Fahrenheit). Last night it snowed again.
I had forgotten how much I appreciated snow and all the life lessons that came along with it: life is inherently unfair and there’s nothing you can do about it. Yet, found in the biting cold is beauty.
After tracking all the proper records, filling my suitcases, going through my things, I am now packed and ready to leave on Monday afternoon. It is wild to think that in a few days I’ll finally be there.
By the way…
Using an old C-7000 (point-and-shoot) I found in the basement a while back I shot a collection of timelapses during my drive across the country. Enjoy.
(Since the aspect ratio is unconventional it will play better in full screen)
For those interested in facts:
1.5lbs of Sunflower seeds (I can no longer feel my tongue)
69.5 Gallons of fuel
2 Speeding tickets
I decided to take the southern route to Illinois in order to avoid snow through the Rockies. Though I still ended up winding on the 60 and 61 through northern Arizona (speeding ticket #1), I made good time and saw some incredible views.
You know you’re in a different part of the world when cruising down a red dirt road on a tank of gas bought for $2.99 a gallon under a Pixar-blue sky right over the ragged Superstition Mountains. There’s no place like it on earth.
Of course upon leaving New Mexico the scenery takes a vacation and the bleak Midwestern winter is all around. To save time and money I pulled into the parking lot of a church in Oklahoma City and slept for a few hours. I should say, “tried” to sleep, as my teeth chattering kept waking me up. From there I kept driving for the rest of the trip which put me in the driver’s seat for something close to 48 hours. Some experiences I’m content with having once. After Oklahoma came the state of Misery…sorry Missouri, which gave me a warm welcome (speeding ticket #2). But I stopped to see the St. Louis arch which is much bigger and more impressive than I expected it to be.
I learned something very important upon crossing the Mississippi River – there is a state that is flatter than Missouri: Illinois. Incredible. Its as if God ironed a cork board just to make sure the wrinkles were out and then peopled it with farmers, the earliest of which apparently built an impressive civilization here between 900 and 1300 CE. Just a stones throw across the Mississippi from St. Louis sits a World Heritage* site of the former Mississippian metropolis of Cahokia which boasted the largest population in North America at the time (apparently it was the largest city to have existed in North America until 1800 when Philadelphia finally reached a population of 30,000). The massive mounds the Mississippians built dot the landscape and the largest center mound (Monks Mound) covers 14 acres at the base (comparable to the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt) and rises nearly 100 feet above the thoroughly flattened earth making it the largest man-made earthen structure in North America.*
As I type this now I am back in South Elgin, Illinois, glad to be with my family and no longer in the driver’s seat. Perhaps it was somewhat ceremonious to drive across the country before I leave it for a year. Between the brilliant red cliffs of New Mexico and Arizona to the man-made wonders of the Midwest there are some great places to visit in this country. This reminds me of the countless other places to be visited across the ocean.
Of course some of you might be asking when I’m going to Australia? “Why aren’t I seeing pictures of Kangaroos yet?” That is the whole point of this blog anyway.
Well, patience Iago. It won’t be long now. 10 days.
When I moved to Glendale, California in September of 2011 I didn’t know if I was moving to a new home or if this was simply a temporary campsite. But during the four months here I had many opportunities to travel up and down the state of California. Most of the trips were due to freelance film work, but whatever the reason I have grown to appreciate The Golden State.
The California Coast from Hwy 1. Monterey, CA
Joshua Tree National Park
Big Sur State Park
The Golden Gate
It is astonishing to find how much one’s life can change in the matter of a few weeks. At the beginning of December 2011 I was settling in to a possible home in California. A few weeks later I was cancelling bank accounts, selling furniture, giving away possessions all in anticipation for a move Down Under.
Pursuing a career is as much exploration and wonder as it is determination and perseverance.
And so the journey continues.
24,902 miles is the distance of the Earth at the Equator.