Playing catch up on…Montreal! Guys, the mix of old and modern architecture made me so happy and Montréalais (haha, definitely not correct) were incredibly gracious, even when you try to pretend you can speak French and they figure you out when you keep saying “Merci!” and nodding like some dumbo American. Also, these signs were everywhere we hiked and they were not kidding around. The snow was waist deep! Sometimes your leg would just pop a 2-foot hole in the ground! I don’t like to call myself a hero, but I only cried once.
Here's how to tell if you really enjoy someone's company: visit the UP together for a week, where there is no internet, cell service, TV, Papa John's delivery, or flattering lighting in the bathroom mirror. However there *are* donkeys that scream like humans being murdered, an antique doll in the bedroom that probably traps the souls of cityfolk (but not before making them question their very sanity), "moderately challenging" hikes that nearly take your life, and chipmunks who feel totally comfortable getting all up in yo bizness. It was the greatest! A+++++ WOULD DO BUSINESS AGAIN!!
Look, I said the titles would all be Judy songs and I am sticking to that! Moving on...the eclipse! It lived up to the hype! I accidentally recorded audio of myself and the S.O. freaking the fuck out over it--that goes in the Faulhaber Archives, to be discovered and studied one day by my jellyfish descendants. I was pretty excited to get some great shots of totality, which gave me serious Melancholia vibes. In a good way! Life is only on Earth, and not for long. Byeeee!
Things I learned in Minneapolis: Riding a bike is easy; stopping is hard. Flour mills can explode! Jalapeno-infused tequila drinks are the only drinks I should drink, ever. Outdoor weddings are the prettiest, even when it is very, very hot. Jimmie Durham is my new favorite artist. Hardly anyone tips when they use Lyft (cheapskates)! People lose their shit over sculpture parks. This White Castle is prefab and portable.
If you visit Memphis and only take one good photo, did it really happen? It just felt weird to take photos of the Lorraine Hotel. People were doing it and grinning for Instagram--seemed a little tone deaf. Anyhoo, Memphis is a hoot--like a more relaxed and delightfully integrated St. Louis. What more could you ask for? Maybe less barf on Beale Street.
Pictured above: Not the Swanee River. Did you know that Arkansas is actually really beautiful, and Booneville has not only 1 million Walmarts but also a top-notch art museum (Crystal Bridges)? The Waltons finally did something altruistic (for the tax breaks). You should visit, just don't bring up politics or race or human rights in general. Bon voyage!
Hikes! At Washington State Park! And Weldon Spring! Why is it still so warm? I'm scared!
Added a few pics from a fantastic(ly hot) trip to New York for the sweetest wedding celebration. The houses are miniatures! The M is from the Met! The Understanding park is a little earnest, but I'm into it!
Catching up and adding some pics from an afternoon with a couple of cute boys at Laumeier Sculpture Park and a peaceful visit to the Smokies in a "cabin" that was loads fancier than my house. Rich people, harumph.
I added some photos from a gorgeous afternoon in Weldon Spring on the Lewis Trail. A day I went lens flare crazy and/or nearly blinded myself.