Pictures from Spring 2009 Road Trip.

 | May 31, 2009 8:36 pm

A few pictures from my last road trip!  I’ve got some free prints with Shutterfly so I just spent the evening getting these (and a few from Hawaii) ready for printing.

Yeah, I’ll come back and explain them over the next couple days, (afterall, I did write an article about doing that a while back for the Indie Travel Podcast) but I figured this was a nice quick way to get back into posting. We’re in the middle of the Summer Pledge Drive here at KJAZZ so things are busy. But sometimes it’s when I’m busiest that I manage to actually do the most posting.

If anyone can tell me how to rotate the vertical pictures in WordPress that would be much appreciated.  They open correctly in every other program.

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Restaurant review – Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose

 | March 19, 2009 1:36 pm

More coming soon about my trip, but for now just a quick post to let you know to check out Taqueria Tlaquepaque if you’re in the San Jose area.

This local restaurant is so popular they opened two more within a few miles of the first.  I split a plate of nachos with my friend Sonya.  I’m not sure what made them so great because they were so simple, but they were fantastic.  Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch so that probably has something to do with it.

Here’s the Yelp pages for the three locations.  1, 2, and 3.  There’s a lot of people are complaining about the service there, but I thought they were reasonably quick.  One warning, there’s no hostess there to greet you at the door.  To get in line for a table, put your name on the notebook by the door.  I can see how if you’re new to the restaurant you might miss that and end up waiting a lot longer than you should.

This post is making me hungry.  I think I’d better finish up here at the library and get nachos one last time before I leave town.

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Announcing the Great National Trails Research Road Trip!

 | March 7, 2009 8:06 pm

The KJAZZ pledge drive is over! It was quite a success, but kept me VERY busy this last month. I’ve barely had a chance to start planning my next road trip, but I’ll be leaving late next week. I’m focusing on doing research and interviews on the National Trails. This trip I’ll be heading up again through California, Oregon and Washington. Not sure yet how I’m heading back down. Much of it will depend on the weather I suppose.

I’m looking forward to seeing some friends in the Bay Area, Portland and Seattle, but mostly this will be a working trip. I’ll have 6 weeks or so on the road and already I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything I want to research and see. I’ll be passing through areas tied to the following trails:

  • Juan Batista de Anza
  • Pacific Crest
  • Pony Express
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Nez Perce

Depending on what the return route ends up being I may cross the Continental Divide Trail or the Morman Trail as well.

Yesterday, I spoke for a long time with Travis Boley who manages the Oregon-California Trail Association and he’s been fantastic in helping me get a start on figuring out who to contact and hopefully interview while I’m out on the road. Looking for more suggestions though.

Anyone have favorite historic or trail related spots? Any ideas for topics for some short-form (6-10 minute) audio documentaries or people to interview?

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Indie Travel Article

 | February 14, 2009 9:37 am

I have a new (Ok, actually it’s been up for a few days and I’ve just been swamped) article up on the Indie Travel Podcast Website. Since it’s about organizing and sharing all the pictures you take on your travels I should probably follow my own advice and start posting the second half of my pictures from Hawaii.

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I think this was the coolest beach in Hawaii. One of the nice things about having a friend or relative in the area you’re traveling to is that you get to hear about all the cool places not in the guide books. My cousin told us about a beach in an industrial area of Kauai where there used to be a glass factory. The factory isn’t there any more, but the broken glass has been worn smooth from the ocean over many years. It’s not a very scenic place, but if you go you’ll be looking down anyway. Here’s the view of the beach from a point further out in the water:

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As we entered the beach to the right of the picture and at first all we found is really small, sandsize pieces of glass. Most of it is clear or amber and the sand itself is black so it was sort of interesting, but not quite the big deal that my cousin had made it out to be. But as you walk further along the cliffs along the left of the picture the sand and glass pictures get larger and larger and we started to see what he was talking about. The first picture was taken about 3/4th of the way along the little beach where the pieces were pebble sized. Talking to a nearby shopkeeper later in the afternoon I found out that we were there at a lucky time because the last few days had been stormy. Apparently it’s now pretty common to go there and discover the glass is all washed out to sea (after all the factory isn’t there anymore), but the storms tend to wash it back up on the beach.

The beach is in Port Allen in Kauai. If you happen to be nearby any of the locals should be able to give you directions. But other tourists won’t be of any help. It’s not in the guide books.

Within a two minute walk of the beach is an old abandoned Japanese cemetery, rich with photographic opportunities. This was my favorite shot:

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Vandwelling page updated!

 | January 27, 2009 3:36 pm

While I was in Hawaii my parents drove my car so they took apart the bed and put the front seat back in. It meant that while I was putting the bed back together I had a chance to take some pictures of the process that I’d missed the first time. I’ve added the missing steps to my Vandwelling page and hopefully that gives a more clear idea of what the inside of my little 30 square feet apartment looks like.

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