I honestly feel like the best way to learn about a new place is to drive it. And I’ve spent a ton of time driving this week. Here are a few of my favorite shots**:
Santo Domingo, DR
En route from Santo Domingo to Santiago, probably around La Vega…
This was not the only time I got stuck behind a banana truck. It happened twice. Also once behind a pick-up truck full of pineapples.
This afternoon, I made the 5+ hour drive from Santiago back through Santo Domingo to the resort in Punta Cana. My GPS had some, ahem, challenges, and took me on a couple detours through small villages, up pot-hole ravaged roads, past a ton of goats and cows and finally through Higuey…
OH! I also got stuck behind horses.
¿Como ahora vaca marrón (y vaca blanca)?
**traffic is super STOP and go in the cities, with an emphasis on STOP. I took all of the above photos from the driver’s seat, but when the car was not in motion. So stop worrying, Mom.
Last June, I spent some time in St. Augustine, Florida. Here are a few of my favorite shots…
I did not go in. Wax figures give me the creeps.
The statue’s inscription read: “The Discoverer of Florida Juan Ponce de Leon landed near this spot 1513”
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
The most Florida street names to ever happen.
Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco
Guarding the gates to Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Fun fact: in ancient Greek sculpture (and in modern reproductions made to honor the work of the ancient Greeks) a small penis was representative of ideal masculinity. “Greeks associated small and non-erect penises with moderation, which was one of the key virtues that formed their view of ideal masculinity,” explains classics professor Andrew Lear, who has taught at Harvard, Columbia and NYU and runs tours focused on gay history. “There is the contrast between the small, non-erect penises of ideal men (heroes, gods, nude athletes etc) and the over-size, erect penises of Satyrs (mythic half-goat-men, who are drunkards and wildly lustful) and various non-ideal men. Decrepit, elderly men, for instance, often have large penises.” The more you know… (*cue shooting star*)
Of course, I went inside. It was 8 bazillion degrees out!
Mike the Headless Chicken
Beauregard the 6-legged steer
I believe it’s illegal to be in the presence of Zoltar and not ask for your fortune.
Capped off my time in St. Augustine w/ a long walk on the beach at sunset…
A few more shots from my recent trip to Alaska. I took a drive up to Glacier View, and took the following on AK-1 North en route.
Back in the summer of 2015, I spent a rainy afternoon wandering through Portland’s
International Rose Test Garden. Here are a few of my favorite images:
Back in July, I crashed my family’s long-anticipated vacation: UTAZ 2016. No tour of the state parks of Utah and Arizona would have been complete without an afternoon spent in
Arches National Park.
Magpie serving some serious beak. Werk!
I swear, every time I hit the shutter-release, this little guy hid his face.
Never wake a sleeping moose. Seriously. Their eyesight is crap. Combine that with a disoriented, just-woke-up feeling…not good…
A sleepy baby Sitka Black-tailed Deer. Of course I managed to show up during nap time.
Is there ice on my chin? Because I feel like there’s ice on my chin…
I asked how they felt about the newly proposed healthcare legislation, and no joke, this was the reaction. Not a fan, I take it.
Elk like naps, too.
So I was maybe 2-3 feet away from this GIANT brown bear. We were separated only by this electric livestock fence. It was amazing.
Still cannot get over how close we were…
Bald eagle. Just chillin. Not part of the exhibit. Just doing his bald eagle thing…
I’m suddenly feeling very patriotic…
Made my way back to the barn, and had to fake out the fox in order to get this shot…
…meanwhile, the moose was still out cold…
This is my new Wood Bison friend, Darnell.**
Stay tuned. Pictures of more brown bears, magpies, musk ox, wolves (!!) and Darnell** to come…
**name may not actually be Darnell.