Thursday, September 8, 2011

the highway is for lovers

Here in Los Angeles, it’s sweltering, the sky is visibly polluted, and the traffic is a living hell; my mind drifts towards last weekend’s trip along Hwy 395. Here is a peaceful image of the windy road as seen from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
long time friends
After exploring the Bristlecone Pine Forest, we made our way to one of our favorite little towns, Bridgeport, where we ate some top notch fried chicken and peach pie that made me moan aloud. Later that night, we entertained ourselves with a game of horseshoes (I'm afraid the photos were too grainy to post). With Pete's advice to play with more finesse and grace, I actually did pretty well for my first try.
Believe it or not, there was no film at this store.
Outside of our room at the Virginia Creek Settlement in Bridgeport
The next morning, we drove to Virginia City, Nevada, a dusty, bawdy, old western mining town, where outlaws, gamblers, miners, soiled doves, and Mark Twain once roamed. Mark Twain's first novel,"Roughing It", was based on his time spent living and working in Virginia City, NV. I have yet to read this book, but I can't wait to now. And here I am roaming around.

Mark Twain sat here in his role as editor of the local newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise

He also sat here.

The sun shines through big undies here in Virginia City.

in the bookstore. My dress features an insect print.
the main drag in Virginia City
We decided to lodge at Lake Tahoe but in retrospect, we would have enjoyed Virginia City's nightlife much more. Anyway, on our way to Tahoe, my car overheated, and so we parked it in the shade, right in front of the sign for the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, which we couldn't actually find for a photo op.
We made it to Tahoe just in time to hit the lake and catch some rays.

The nightlife in South Tahoe is basically an outdoor shopping mall offering a lot of crap retail, but we found an arcade in Harrah's Casino that had old school video games like Ms. PacMan!
The next morning, we made our way to June Lake, a charming and friendly little resort town, that we really want to return to in the Fall or Winter.
June Lake

Pete in front of our room. We spent the evenings with the locals at the Tiger Bar, where we sat at the bar and conversed with everyone about important matters like who makes the best pie along Hwy 395. Pete and I shared a piece of peach pie, and though it was yummy, but Bridgeport's peach pie was much better.
The Tiger Bar
We stopped at several antique shops during our trip. I found a turn of the century crochet crop top with pink ribbon trim for $15. I wore it for most of the trip, but those photos are on the black and white film that is still in my camera. I also bought Pete a pair of handsome cowboy boots as an anniversary gift (It's been three years this final time around). I found the cutest 1930s round glasses, but the celluloid arm snapped in half as I was trying them on after purchase. The owner of the shop let me pick out another pair and also let me keep the damaged ones; I'm hoping Pete can fix em' for me, and I'm pretty sure he'll be able to. He's been successfully fixing my run down shit forever now.


  1. There is just something about road trips,but especially in the States!! I'd love to explore these places,I'll even give peach pie a go! We don't do pie like you guys....pies are an instution in Australia/NZ,but they're meaty and eaten for mains or snacks.Fruit pies are only very rarely seen as desserts.
    LOVE your insect frock!And that pic of you in the lake.

  2. I love your blog. I'm not that into fashion, but your travels and road trips are awesome, and make me want to pack up my car and take some of my own. The old fashioned style of all your photos makes everything feel like an old memory or like a lost journal pulled up from under some floorboards.

    And Ms. Pac Man is the greatest videogame ever.

  3. You visit those most amazing looking places, I love lakes too! I want to see more of that insect print dress x

  4. Looks like such fun! I now have the most acute hankering for a wild western roadtrip. And your photos are the best; they match how the American West looks in my head, if that makes sense? All vivid, saturated '70s colors and nostalgia.

  5. Helga - I guess dessert pie is very American. On our trip, it occurred to me that I ought to learn how to make my own pies since I love them so much.

    MackDadd - I'm glad you enjoy my blog, even if you don't care for fashion. living is more important than wearing old clothes anyway. Thank you.

    Hannah - I will definitely do a more detailed post on my insect dress.

    Dakota - You're sweet. I hope you'll let me know if you ever do come to California.

  6. ms. pac man is the best video game ever!

    look slike a super fun trip. virginia city looks like my kind of town. i'll have to make sure to get out that way.

    you said you knew vanessa in high school...did you go to mater dei? that's where i went but i'm a grade older than her. of course i think she went to three different high schools. anyway she is on facebook but she never goes on it. does that make sense? small world indeed :D

  7. Anne,

    You would definitely love Virginia City. I went to Villa Park High w/Vanessa.

  8. I used to rule at ms pac man. Just sayin' ;)

    I love how so many of these pics look like they could be old travel post cards! The kind you dig up in antique stores.

  9. Love all of these! What camera do you use? x hivenn

  10. Thanks, Missa.

    Thanks, Jazzy E - These photos are taken with a Pentax K1000 SLR, and a Olympic Point & Shoot.


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