Where the Streets Have No Name

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:05 am EST

I finally got around to doing the pages for Day Two of our road trip. Hopefully I can get through the rest of it a little more quickly. Anyway, the second day’s journey took us to Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Kodachrome Basin. Hope you like it.


City of Blinding Lights

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:30 pm EST

Every trip needs to have a beginning, and for us, that was Tom and Melissa. We had a great time at their wedding, and a lot of fun exploring Las Vegas afterwards. And of course, we would never have gone on our fabulous road trip if they hadn’t invited us out to Sin City first.

So here’s to Tom and Melissa!

And here are some pictures for you. (more…)


I’ll Show You a Place High on a Desert Plain

Filed under: — Kate @ 9:17 am EST

I finally got the chance to sort through some of loads and loads of pictures from my trip. Even after I narrow it down, there are still a lot, so I figured I’d just post them a little at a time. I’ve created a homepage of sorts for this purpose: Beneath a Desert Sky. There’s a permanent link to it on the right. The first day of the road trip is up and running. Let me know what you think.

In the near future, I’ll probably put up a few pictures from Tom’s wedding in Vegas, too.


Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:43 pm EST

Well we’re back in Philly again. Arrived yesterday morning on a red eye. The trip was incredible. My first real vacation in five years.

Tom and Melissa’s wedding was beautiful. I’m so happy for them! The road trip was amazing. Certainly the best trip I’ve ever taken. I’ve seen so many spectacular things that it’s hard to believe it all really happened.

In the next week, I will definitely be writing in detail about the trip and posting more pictures. Right now I’m back in the office and boy does it suck. All I want to do is hike down a canyon or drive up a unpaved road.


Desert Sky, Dream Beneath a Desert Sky

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:43 am EST

Well here I am at the end of Day 6 (4th day on the road) of my American West trip. So far this trip has been incredible. The pictures of these places don’t even come close to the real thing. I wish I could spend another two weeks out here.

Seen so far: Valley of Fire State Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (via the gorgeous unpaved 46 mile Cottonwood Road), Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, and some of Arches National Park this evening.

I’m in Moab tonight, and we’ll be in Arches and Canyonlands tomorrow. After that it’s on to Mesa Verde where (hopefully) we’ll find a place to sleep. I’ll probably write more than you’ll ever want to know about the trip when I get back, but for now, here’s a picture Edo took of the moon rising at Arches tonight.


Viva Las Vegas

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:21 pm EST

Sitting here in McCarran Airport taking advantage of the free wireless. Very cool. Don’t know if I’ll be posting much over the next week, but if I have access I’ll check in here from time to time. If I can set a few posts on time delay, I might do that as well.

Tomorrow: Tom and Melissa’s wedding!!

Sunday: ROAD TRIP!!

Back in Philly on the 26th.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Guess who still has some office work to do….


I Want to Feel Sunlight on my Face

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:57 pm EST

Desert Trip: A Packing List for the Freakishly Pale:

Fallene Total Block Clear Sunblock, SPF 65 (for face in strong sun)

Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sunblock SPF 70 (for body in strong sun)

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 45 (for face the rest of the time)

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion, SPF 45 (for body the rest of the time)

Banana Boat Aloe Vera with Vitamin E Sunscreen Lip Balm, SPF 30 (lips burn, too)

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Fair Skin Tones (for my efforts to make my skin look less translucent)

Stylish every day sunglasses (for any time there’s daylight, or when I have a hangover)

Oversized sunglasses (for those moments in extra blazing sun)

-Big floppy black hat (to wear when dressed up)

-Big floppy navy hat with chin tie (to wear in the wind)

-White bucket hat (to wear the rest of the time when I don’t want to look perfectly idiotic)


Great Western Trip - 2005

Filed under: — Edo @ 4:17 pm EST

For all of those who asked, or were curious, here is the tentative route we are planning to take out West.

Click on the thumbnail to see the full-size image, including a list of route points on the left column. Warning: the image is 520KB in size and you might have to tinker with your browsers’ autozoom settings.

(This guest post has been brought to you by Edo.)
(Edo disagrees with the usage of the passive voice, and the editing of the disclaimer above without marking it as edited.)
Edit: Edo is a pain in the ass.

Update: We’re no longer staying at the San Remo on Saturday night. They’re turning it into a Hooters and there’s construction mess everywhere. So now, #1 on the map = The Luxor. :-)