Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Geology and Paigow
The United States is freakin' HUGE! I am sitting in a motel parking lot in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on my way to Yosemite National Park. I chased the sun the past 2 days pretty hard. I have crossed my final border and i joyously type this from California. I pulled over and asked the kind folks at the Andruss Motel if i could borrow their WiFi and they obliged.
On Monday, Steve-O gave me a short tour of Denver and i left very impressed. Very clean and well designed. I then left for the most radical drive i've ever experienced. Route 70 from Denver into Western Utah is awe-inspiring. Leaving Denver, i entered the Rockies immediately. The next 8 hours in the road warrior that is Little T, gave me a geology lesson that i could not receive in books or a classroom. Around every corner was different rock with different formations. Colors changed, shapes changed and my perspective on the land that is the USA changed.
Eastern Utah is amazing. Hours and hours of nothing but mountains and canyons. No towns, no people, no cell phone service, just a long road and millions of years worth of wind and water.
I reached Salt Lake City around 11pm and was lucky enough to meet up with an OU homeboy named Brant, who lives in the city. I thankfully stayed at his place and departed Salt Lake this morning, hell bent on reaching Yosemite tonight. The drive through Nevada was uneventful and i reached Reno at 5:30. After quickly winning $15 at a Paigow Poker table, i departed Reno for Yosemite.
All is swell: Little T continues to impress with her gnarly mountain climbing skills and all around talent. I have campsites prepared in the Yosemite Valley and i'll be in Mother Ocean by the end of the week.
Smoke from a Tahoe forest fire.