October 7th, 2013
Day 7-8 - On our first proper day in Portland we explored the city. We stopped by the saturday market and sampled some of the delicious food on offered. Both Chris and I had huge breakfast burritos while Keith had a stuffed crepe. Walking around the city was great and we found some amazing shops. One I liked in particular was a shop called Tender Loving Empire where Keith and I both bought screen-printed T-Shirts from. We also visited Powells bookstore which was HUGE. We could have easily spent all day in there. That evening we went bowling with some of Tim and Carly’s friends which was fun. The next day Keith and I visited a church in the city and after we started our long drive down the Oregon coast on the 101. That evening we stopped off at a restaurant in Yachts and had the most incredible fish and chips.
Day 9 - We continued to drive down the Oregon coast and head toward the Redwood forest in California. The scenery was beautiful. Every corner we turned we were greeted by another amazing view which meant there was a lot of jumping out of the van and taking photos. We drove down the rest of the Oregon coast this day and arrived into California in the early afternoon. That afternoon we drove through the Redwood National forest which was beautiful. Once we had driven through the redwoods we kept following the 101 and stayed the night in a very out of the way campsite in the Avenue Of The Giants. Finding this campsite was a little stressful as it was really dark once we started looking for it and it was miles away from the highway which we didn’t expect. Once we arrived at the campsite we were greeted by bear and mountain lion warnings which made things a little scary.
Day 10-11 - We awoke really early and aimed to get to San Francisco by early afternoon this day. This was a long day of driving through wine country. We arrive in San Fran in good time and stopped at the Golden Gate bridge before we crossed over into the Bay where our hostel was. Once we were in the city we paid another $50 to park our car for the whole time we would be there. We wasted no time once we were settled in to the hostel and we went straight out to explore the city. We decided to walk towards the harbour as we wanted to eat at Bubba Gump shrimp. The walk was really beautiful as the the sun was slowly setting and everything had a gorgeous golden glow. The next day we walked miles to a record store that chris wanted to go to. It was a good walk but it was a lot further than any of us had though so we were pretty tired on the way back and stopped off in a park to have a sunbath and a little snooze. We then slowly walked back to towards our hostel but took our time popping into shops. That evening we had dinner at the cheesecake factory. I ordered a salad and it was so big I could only eat half of it, by the time the meal was over I felt really sick from over eating and actually thought I was going to throw up on the walk back.
Day 12 – In the morning we walked around a different part of the city in search of an American Eagle for Chris and did a little bit more shopping. We were then back on the road by early afternoon heading inland to Lake Tahoe. Once we arrived at Lake Tahoe we weren’t too sure where to go and as I was driving at that point I decided to drive roughly in the direction of a campsite so at least we could get an idea of somewhere to stay. We then found an nice little restaurant on the lake, next to the campsite so decided to eat there. While we were eating Chris noticed that Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zero’s were playing in a near by casino so we decided to go and see if there were any spare tickets, which there was! The show was amazing and was such a fun and spontaneous thing to do on what otherwise would have been a pretty boring evening.
Day 13 - We left Lake Tahoe early and started our drive to the Yosemite National Park. One thing we hadn’t realised before we came away was that the snow had only just melted on some of the major roads around the Yosemite. If we had tried doing the trip any earlier we probably wouldn’t have been able to access a lot of the roads we needed. Another thing we didn’t realise was that we were travelling on a weekend which was also a national holiday for America and everywhere was VERY busy. When we arrived at the Yosemite visitors centre we were advised to quickly find a camping ground as only 2 of the ones in the park weren’t already fully booked for the holiday. We managed to get a camping spot by late afternoon and then quickly did a couple of small trails that we had been advised to do, finishing with watching the sunset. Once we got back to the campsite it was pretty dark but there were so many people out with campfires. This was so different to any of the other campsite we had been to which had either been empty or only had a couple of other people staying in them, it was a really nice change.
Day 14 - Having been advised that it would be very busy in the Yosemite Valley we set of really early to do a hike before we needed to leave. The early start was really good and we had managed to drive around the valley and do a hike by 10.30am. We the decided to drive to Las Vagas as driving all the way to the Grand Canyon in one day would be too far. As we drove the surroundings became more and more desert like and it was so hot. We made it into Las Vagas in good time and decided to see if we could fine a motel to stay in (we hadn’t pre-booked anything). This proved a lot harder than we expected because everywhere was booked up or really expensive because of the national holiday. We drove around a lot to try and find somewhere and things were getting pretty stressful so we decided to start driving towards the Grand Canyon and see what other cities we would drive through on the way. The first city we came to was called Bolder City which was just outside the Hoover Dam and we pulled into the first motel that advertised vacancies. We ended staying in an apartment which wasn’t the best quality but it was just what we needed.
October 7th, 2013
On Saturday May 11th, our friend Chris, Keith and I flew to Seattle for a 3 week road down the west coast of America! Our original plan was to fly to Vancouver in Canada and drive down into America but we weren’t sure if we would have Visa problems doing this, so instead we decided to fly into Seattle which is close to the Canadian boarded and then drive up to Vancouver for a couple of days and then make our way back down the coast to LA. I have broken this trip down into 3 small(ish) posts that detail each week.
Day 1-2 - As soon as we arrive in Seattle we picked up a van and drove to our hostel which was close to the airpot. This was pretty interesting as neither Chris or I had driven on the left side of the road before or a car as big as the van. The next day we visited a interesting antiques market and the famous Pikes Place Market before driving up to Canada. We loved both markets and it was a great start to the trip. We then travelled up to Vancouver and spent the next couple of days exploring the city. We decided to stay in a hostel in the heart of the city and pay $50 to leave our van in a car park.
Day 3-4 - 10 years ago my sister visited Vancouver so she recommended loads of things for us to do while we visited, most of it we couldn’t do because we decided to stick to Downtown but her recommendations were a great starting point. On Day 3 we walked around the city, visiting the beaches and shopping. That morning we had found out that MGMT where playing really close to our hostel and Chris managed to get tickets for. This was a fun experience but it wasn’t the best show I’ve been too. On Day 4 we finalised our plan to drive around the Olympic National Park. We decided to stop by Granville Island for an hour before we left Vancouver. The first thing we did when we got to Granville island was visit the local brewery. After sampling the variety of flavours we ended up buying a crate of mixed beer’s and a traditional beer glass, (the glass is probably one of the most stereotypical tourist things we bought). There was also an amazing farmers market which had so many things we wanted to buy. However as we were travelling back into America that afternoon we knew we wouldn’t be able to bring any of the fresh produce with us. We then started the drive back down the Washington coast, driving down a huge highway called the 5. Once we got to a small town called Burlington we detoured off the main highway and started driving towards the coast. We then took a ferry towards Port Townsend in the evening which is at top right of the Olympic National Park. Finding a campsite was pretty stressful that night as we weren’t really sure where we were going but we eventually managed to find a pretty fancy campsite.
Day 4-5 - Over the next 2 days we drove around the Olympic National Park. Stopping at Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rainforest and a couple of beaches. At night we pulled into the nearest campsite and camped in our van. The beaches were amazing, they were covered with huge driftwood trees which were bleached white from the sun and salt. I loved the sculptural look of the trees and took way too many photo’s of them.
Day 6 - This day we drove out of Washington and into Oregon. Once we crossed the state line we explored the city of Astoria. We didn’t realise it until we arrived in this city but the city was used as the set for the Goonies and many other films. We visited the film museum which is in the actually jail that the Goonies used to film in and then visited the Goonies house, the spontaneity of this was really fun. We had the most amazing lunch at a local cafe and then started our drive back inland to Portland. Before leaving for our trip I had contacted a couple of friends of a friend who live in Portland and they very kindly put us up in their home. Unfortunately they had to go away to some family once we arrive but they blessed us with the use of their home for the weekend which was amazing!
April 17th, 2013
1. These little gold elephants are so cute! Seen in Rue Magazine .
2. Love the design on this Anthropologie plate.
3. Love the quirky use of pineapple and metallic in this Dark Dog Studio print.
4. Yasmine has the most beautiful Instagram feed.
5. Knitting something in this Tosh Merino DK wool would be amazing.
April 15th, 2013
I really love magazine, I find them an interesting source of information; often more substancial than blogs and internet articles but more flexible and current than a book. However, it is not always the content of a magazine that makes me buy it, more often it is how the magazine looks. Being very visually focused I really enjoy finding magazines that marry design, text and images beautifully. I am generally first drawn to the images within a magazine, but the whole atmosphere of a magazine effects my opinion of it. The best thing is finding a magazine that feels good and has interesting content.
Last year Keith and I went to Facing pages, a bianual independent magazine festival. It was incredibly interesting to hear stories and learn more about the magazine industry, but it was also a little over whelming with such a variety of independent publications available. The festival definitely made me aware of how saturated the independent magazine industry is, there seemed to be a magazine on everything. Since then we have really enjoyed buying and exploring independent magazines. I already had quite a lot of fashion focused magazines which I used for research for my photography but it has been really exciting to grow our collection of other magazines. Recently Keith found the site Anikibo which stocks a huge variety of independent publications from all over the world and we decided to get these magazines:
I have been slowly reading Makeshift, its information heavy so I don’t read too much at a time but I am finding it really interesting. Keith was really impressed with Hot Rum Cow and read it in one sitting! Neither of us have read The Carton yet.
I especially love discovering independent UK based magazines. A few that I have been following recently are:
Also at the start of the year I was given the very exciting opportunity to create and produce my own magazine. At the moment I can’t talk about it too much but there will soon be news about this project!
March 31st, 2013
A while ago a good friend shared the phrase “you can’t stay on top of the hill”, explaining that it is through the struggle of the climb that you grow, but once on top of the hill you stagnant as you aren’t pushing yourself. This has been further spoken to me in a Donald Miller talk Keith and I listen to, talking about story, he too said that it is through the conflict that ones story deepens. I’ve felt that my story has been pretty boring since graduating in July, but now the past 8 months are really coming into perspective. As I have gained experience and taken risks I have become involved in work that I enjoy and I have started to explore future exciting projects.
Recently I have also been thinking about the bodies need for salt, our bodies crave its flavour and nutrients because without it we die. I see salt and conflict as metaphorically the same; both are needed for life, one for physical sustenance and the other for spiritual. So this is the beginning, a journal to document those things important to me, the salt that I feel deepens my journey.