Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category
Anyone who has spent some time traveling will tell you that the people you meet along the way is probably the biggest influence on the type of trip you have. We were fortunate enough to choose Wayra River Hostel during our stay in Arequipa and met Guillermo and Alejandra, very friendly and gracious hosts who helped make our time very rich and memorable.
After hearing about how business had been slow at the hostal, I thought they could use a short promotional video to help bring in more guests. Most of the footage I would use was existing already, so we just had to shoot a quick interview and I would edit a piece together for them.
Last year, we took a last-minute vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was a great chance to step away from the cutting room and strap on the old traveling shoes again, even if only for a short while. The days we left weren’t planned at all; lucky enough, our dates coincided with the final days of the Festival of the Virgin Guadalupe.
It’s a religious ceremony that happens every year in December. For twelve nights, there are huge processions through the city that end at the Church of the Virgin Guadalupe (the main church in Puerto Vallarta). It’s a huge event for the locals. The procession includes floats made by local businesses, dancers dressed as Aztec warriors, drummers, bands, and singers making their way down the street. Our favorite part of the festivities? Plenty of street food all-around! We seriously lucked out to be able to experience this local festival in it’s final days.
Here’s a short highlights video to give you a sense of the experience.
Next: Summary, FAQ, and tips learned from my road trip. Feel free to ask me any questions of your own!
spoke with Jason about his latest project, Hell Hole.
he is a skilled DP who has been working on this original web series since the beginning of the year. it’s looking good! check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hell-Hole-The-Series/112857746305
you can also check out his DP reel at: www.rjasonball.com
i made a few stops along the way to Boise.
– Salt Lake City Library. a must-see as recommended by my friend. yup, a PUBLIC library!
– Hill Aerospace Museum
then continued on…
I’m in IDAHO!
and met my 2nd couchsurfing host: Kent. we spoke briefly about couchsurfing and i told him how it has been difficult to find people willing to host me. we both agreed that it’s my lack of references (i just signed up when i started the trip anyways, so it’s understandable). but he told me the reason why he accepted me is that sometimes, you just have to give people a chance… and he gave me that chance.
Kent was a gracious host filled with many stories of his own travels. he’s seen most of and lived in many parts of South America, spending his time building orphanages and language schools there, giving children and many young adults a chance at a better life. inspiring.
he hooked it up with a nice Guatemalan style dinner.
met his son Wesley, and somehow ended up helping him move a huge dining table into his new house! hey i was getting a free couch to crash on! i gladly helped out.
he then treated us to a well-deserved round of beers and wings at their local watering hole.
as i crossed the border into Utah, i saw the signs for Moab which included a picture in the background of a very familiar rock formation, which i later learned was the “Delicate Arch” (google on iPhone saves the day!). after doing quick direction search, i find out that it is located in Arches National Park, near Moab, only about 1 hour off route from my destination to Salt Lake City.
eventually found myself in civilization and discovered a new restaurant to try: Wingers.
looked like the typical chain restaurant. ordered the Original Wings Dinner. i was skeptical of their “Famous Original Sauce” but took one bite… and i was convinced! pretty damn good.
i ended up buying a bottle of sauce to bring home. really… it’s up their with Kinder’s Sauce. 😉
arrived at my friend’s Jason’s house. haven’t seen him since Sundance Labs ’05! we did a bit of catching up and eventually called it a night.
NEXT: drive to Boise, ID
had some major work done on the car, replaced the engine belts and a pair of tires. then heard a loud grinding noise a few miles as i started driving! i found out that part of the bumper started falling apart and hitting the tire. but gaffer’s tape solves all rigging jobs!
the drive through the rockies makes Colorado the most scenic of all the states i’ve driven through so far. i constantly found myself wanting to pull over and capture the gorgeous views and rock formations.
no food adventures today, didn’t even have a proper dinner because i wasn’t too hungry. i attribute it to that power breakfast i had in the morning.
i spent today doing a bit of sightseeing around Colorado Springs and just hanging out with the Nicandros… family friends from when i was growing up in Vallejo, CA. as i mentioned in an earlier blog, i hadn’t seen them since i was 1991! it’s was pretty wild seeing them all married with children.
NEXT: drive through Colorado towards Salt Lake City.
started early and made my way mt. rushmore by 8am. it was a cold morning with a light breeze, and a nearly empty park. peaceful. it was quite the amazing view. i have always wanted to see this as a kid. i took more pictures here than anywhere else in my entire trip!
how Mt. Rushmore was meant to be finished:
probably my favorite tilt-shift photo of the trip so far:
after a couple of hours of touring the park, i was back on the road. i had a google-estimated 8 1/2 hour drive to colorado springs, so i wanted to get started early.
it’s true what my friend Ariani said about Wyoming… there’s really nothing around!
“3G”, “E”, “o”… none of these networks exist here. i was alone in Wyoming! but it was nice to be free for once from the shackles of the evil iPhone.
it made me a bit nervous knowing that my brother’s car wasn’t in the best shape and i was pushing it across the badlands. but i feel blessed to have made it safely.
visited the “world’s only” corn palace.
eh. most interesting part was chatting up with an elderly local who was at the front desk. but these designs are pretty cool.
yup… all made of corn.
browsed the gift shop for overpriced souvenirs.
NEXT: onto Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore