trip: the images

(see previous post for some exposition)

traffic...so much fucking traffic

traffic…so much fucking traffic

remember Wienerschnitzel? a long time ago, one of Houston’s two dailies (the Post, I think) ran a snippet about my grandfather Ted’s visit to a Wienerschnitzel in Bellaire – he ordered “ein wienerschnitzel” at the drive-thru, trying to be funny, and the non-German-speaking person who took his order thought he wanted NINE wienerschnitzels – he had a hard time explaining why he wasn’t going to pay for nine hotdogs once his order arrived – and, yes, this made it into the paper (I have the clipping) – there weren’t as many mass killings and celebrity nip slips to cover back then, so newspapers had room to share anecdotes

remember Wienerschnitzel? a long time ago, one of Houston’s two dailies (the Post, I think) ran a snippet about my grandfather Ted’s visit to a Wienerschnitzel in Bellaire – he ordered “ein wienerschnitzel” at the drive-thru, trying to be funny, and the non-German-speaking person who took his order thought he wanted NINE wienerschnitzels – he had a hard time explaining why he wasn’t going to pay for nine hotdogs once his order arrived – and, yes, this made it into the paper (I have the clipping) – there weren’t as many mass killings and celebrity nip slips to cover back then, so newspapers had room to share anecdotes

orange trees were everywhere

orange trees were everywhere

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Joshua Tree National Park: in the middle of this picture, you’ll see a ridge – that would be the San Andreas Fault – it runs right through the park – I felt some trembles during my visit, but I think it was just my usually dormant leg muscles responding to hiking up a mountain rather than anything earthly

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the park is full of huge boulders strewn about like they’re in a giant’s sandbox and weird trees reaching for the sky (can’t tell if they’re asking “why?” or saying “you kids, get out of my yard”)

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this was my first trip to the desert, and I was very taken with the unusual (to me) plant life – we only saw a few lizards here and there and the occasional bird – any other wildlife remained hidden from sight

a bit Seussian, dontcha think?

a bit Seussian, dontcha think?

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Lost Horse Mine: sadly, the mine is all fenced off, which takes away from the magic of the machinery (and probably also takes away from potential lawsuits), check out the solar panel installed on top (?) – the hike was four miles, and because it was so hilly and curvy we felt like we were alone in the wilderness most of the time

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Rorschach effect: I tried to keep my boulder interpretations to myself, but I did point out to James the two huge, round rocks that formed a big butt (not pictured)

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Joshua Tree Inn: we stayed at this funky little inn right off the highway – the guitar is part of a memorial in the courtyard dedicated to Gram Parsons (who ODed and then died there) (he died in room 8 – we stayed in room 9) – he was supposedly going out in the desert to hunt for UFOs – there were weird noises in the room the entire night, probably pumped in by the owners to heighten the haunted feel of the place

Gram Parsons' memorial at Joshua Tree Inn

this bird liked hanging out on top of the guitar – we saw him/her at night and then early in the morning

I was really excited about being able to get so close to a couple of sea lions when James pointed out that there was probably something wrong with at least one of them

Newport Beach: I was really excited about being able to get so close to a couple of sea lions when James pointed out that there was probably something wrong with at least one of them

these cats mostly just sat on their boards and gossiped about work (we were standing on a pier and could hear their conversation as if we were right next to them)

these cats mostly just sat on their boards and gossiped about work (we were standing on a pier and the wind brought us their conversation) – I could get into that form of surfing

this image reminds me of an Ocean Pacific t-shirt I had in the 80s

this image reminds me of an Ocean Pacific t-shirt I had in the ’80s

9 thoughts on “trip: the images

  1. California is the coolest place in the world, maybe. But because it is so cool it has become Calcutta-like in it’s human density and I feel crowded anytime I am around more than ONE human, dense or not.

    I like the reference in the word part of this duo-post to the box wine and the dating service. A nice turn.

    Why, Gram, why? Did I say that already? The bird on the guitar is highly evocative of the Gibson Dove guitar that Chris Hillman put his fist through backstage when Little G got fired once and for all from the Byrds. Mystical, almost. Cosmic. Another nice turn.

    Ya got the stuff, CryJack.

    tj

    • Yet another reason why Big Sur is so awesome–all that California beauty, not so many people. We’ve gone hiking in parks there for hours and not seen another soul of the human variety (plenty of deer and other wildlife, which is always preferred). But, yeah, SoCal was asshole to elbow, for sure. Can’t beat the sunsets, though.

  2. That pic of the bird on the post reminds me of something in my past, is it the woodstock poster that had that? Shit…never mind.
    I could visit So Cal again but never could even begin to think about residing there, the too many people thing is a problem for me. I like the post zombie apocalypse escape by bike! I would be all over that……even with my slow pace I know I can out run one of those shufflin’ zombies on my bike!!
    Interesting Gram Parsons history lesson! Who says you can’t learn anything while surfing through the internet!!
    Jim

    • Jim! Thank you for saying that (about the Woodstock poster). It’s been driving me nuts since I took the shot. I knew it reminded me of something. Similar bird silhouette and everything. Good catch.

  3. Those weird-looking trees are Joshua trees, hence, the…uh…name of the…uh….nevermind…

    BTW, they’re not actually trees, they’re yucca plants.

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