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We're Here!!

Monday August 25, 2008

Ben and I arrived in Seattle late last night after a last minute decision to skip another night of camping and head to the city….forced by the glass in the driver side window falling down into the door. We were able to park the car in my friend Amy’s garage for the night.

We were able to get into our new apartment today and its a great place! We are both so thrilled to be here finally!

More info to come over the next few days and pictures from our weekend of galavanting on route 101.


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Donner Party of Two

Friday August 22, 2008

Utah was hard to leave but Cali was calling – so we made our way across the great salt flats and the huge desert also know as Nevada. We decided to camp in the Lake Tahoe region – specifically at Donner Memorial State Park. We got over the creep factor of its historical ties to cannibalism and enjoyed the luscious Sierra Nevada surrounding. Enough that we were supposed to stay one night but made it into two.

Listening: Cannibal! The Musical soundtrack
Eating: flame-grilled veggies and Wild Cherries coffee
Watching: out for bears
Wanting: laundromat
Miles: 3300+


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Busy Like Bees!

Thursday August 21, 2008

from Benjamin K on the road

Kristen and I arrived in Utah (the Beehive State, who knew?) after a sweltering drive through Western Colorado. We were warmly greeted in Salt Lake City by our long lost friend and Salt Lake native Kate Ithurralde. She also worked at MASS MoCA with Kristen and I in the year of 2005.

We spent a busy-bee five days in Utah. Here’s a brief run-down for those keeping score:

• Gladys Knight in concert at Deer Valley in Park City, UT! Hell yeah- it was awesome! fav: Midnight Train to Georgia and dancing with wine & cheese yuppies.

• Benjamin K birthday celebration at Raging Waters water-slide park. Holy cow- haven’t done this since Diamond Jim’s in Ft. Wayne (anyone on the blog remember Diamond Jim’s? Holler). fav: lazy river, wacky SLC locals, birthday cake.

• Temple Square downtown Salt Lake City. I know all religions can be a little bonkers but Mormonism takes the cake. The Temple a Mo-Tab buildings are pretty but we were more entertained by Space Jesus and his post-crucifix native american tour.

• Wasatch Mountains hike to Lake Mary. Outdoorsy fun with gorgeous flora/fauna and a faux-meat picnic (Kate is also hip in her vegetarianism)

• a fabulous haircut from Kate’s father Bob. See below some pics for the Foothill Barbers event. Thanks Kate’s Dad!

• Salt Lake Bees home game – minor league baseball at its best! tickets for five bones to see this Angels feeder team beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in extra innings! And, c’mon- what is Brigham Young’s name is a Sky Sock? Go Bees! Ya gotta Bee-lieve.

THANKS Kate for being the hippest host a pair of land-locked lovers could ask for!

Listening: Ice of Boston by the Dismemberment Plan
Eating: Spaghetti Factory with Papa Ithurralde
Watching: Phelps swim like a fish
Wanting: a Gladys Knight encore
Miles: lost count



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Happy 26th Birthday Benjamin!

Sunday August 17, 2008

from kristen in salt lake city

I hope everyone knows that today is the glorious anniversary of the birth of the most amazing person to ever grace the planet! We are celebrating it in style in Utah (pics to come later).



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the Rockies Rock

Saturday August 16, 2008

from Kristen on the road

We left Denver around midday on Thursday and pushed Garmin to its limits by plugging in a mountainside home in Conifer, CO that my dear friend that I haven’t seen in 7 years lives. Matt and I met when we participated in Green Mountain Teen Institute, when I was a junior in high school. He moved away from VT, met his beautiful wife Tiffany and had a little girl, Molly who is now almost 2. They built their mountainside abode – which is an absolute wonder. To Garmin’s credit – we did not get lost once and Matt said it was the first time anyone had made it to their home without getting a phone call needing directions!

We then started making our way across the state and stopped in Lake Dillon, CO to camp for the night. We had to drive around the lake to find an open campsite and when we did, we had to race the sun to get our tent up in time. The campground was nestled in the Rockies next to a crystal blue lake. We felt for one of the first times the magnitude of the the trip we are on and how many beautiful places there are to be seen in this country.

On to Salt Lake City…..

Listening: This American Life
Eating: Backcountry Brewery‘s fine-crafted ales and garlic mashed potatoes!
Watching: the sun rise on Lake Dillon
Wanting: a shower
Miles: 2500+

“A Tribute to Lesley’s Grey American Apparel Shirt Series” I broke down and bought one in Chicago:)




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