‘roid trip.

May 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

My previous post got me thinking again about my trip to Arizona a year and a half ago, and I felt that it deserved its own blog entry. In August of 2008, my girlfriend and I went to visit my cousin and his wife and kids in Arizona. I shipped a huge box of film ahead of myself because I knew I’d go photo-crazy once we got there and it was too much for me to put in a carry-on. My cousin was good enough to let us borrow his car to take a road trip, as we wanted to check out Four Corners, Route 66 and the Grand Canyon.

This trip really was all about “the getting there” for me. My girlfriend Amy was very patient with me making frequent stops. This was taken somewhere off of Route 17, during one of our stops…

(Taken with a Polaroid SX-70, Type 600 film.)

The landscape is so flat and expansive in some parts of the southwest that you really do feel small and insignificant. We kept driving northeast to get to Route 66, which stretches east-west across the upper half of Arizona. It’s no longer a major highway as it once was. Now, Route 40 bypasses most of old Route 66, but 66 is still there and still drivable in some places.

The next shot I took at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ on Route 66…

(Polaroid Square Shooter 2, Viva film.)

Each tee-pee is its own room at the motel. We wanted to stay here, but it’s kind of a well-known Route 66 fixture and tee-pees get booked up months in advance. After spending some time on 66, we traveled further northeast, briefly passing into New Mexico, where this next shot was taken…

(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Type 600 film.)

From there we went north to Four Corners National Monument, which is the point at which the corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah all meet. Pretty amazing to be there and jump from one state to the next. As you can see in this next shot, I was in Utah at the time it was taken…

(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, 600 film.)

From Four Corners, we made our way back down into Arizona, headed for the Grand Canyon. We went to the South Rim and spent a few hours there. It’s a humbling experience being there, it’s so huge.

(Taken with a Polaroid Colorpack II, Type 667 film.)

It’s possible to walk down some of the paths, further into the Canyon, away from the touristy areas. Amy and I did that, very carefully, and sat on one of the rock outcroppings. It was surreal how quiet it was. While we were sitting there, a large hawk glided by about 15 feet away from us and we could hear the air passing through his wing feathers. We met some cool people there, who were walking even further down into the Canyon than we were willing to…

(Polaroid SX-70, 600 film.)

It was an amazing trip, one of the best of our lives. I actually went back for round 2 a little over a year ago in April of 2009. I’m thinking I’ll write a blog about that trip too at some point.
To see all of the photos from this trip, pick up my book, ‘roid trip, available through Blurb.

And why not drive by My Photo Stream to admire the view?

See ya!


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