Tuesday, September 23

Hiking Aspen and the Continental Divide (Day 3)

After waking up in Aspen I took a hike along the Roaring Fork River and through the woods. The drive up to the Continental Divide (Indipendence Pass) towards Denver was fantastic. There are so many photo worthy places to pull over and take pictures, that I wouldn't have made it to Denver if the Sun hadn't set.
// Independence Pass, Lake County, CO // 39.108346, -106.564005

Monday, September 22

Rt 70 - Utah and Western Colorado Edition (Day 2)

Just past where Routes 15 and 70 cross in Utah you will pass Cove Fort, where you should stop and check it out. A really neat Landmark built by Mormon Missionary Ira Hinckley and his family, under the instruction from President of the Church Brigham Young. It was built to protect, feed, and 'spread the word' to travelers as they passed through the desolate area. The site is beautiful maintained by the Church, with free tours by welcoming, non-proselytizing Missionaries.

Continuing North along Route 70 you will find a fantastic scenic rest stop, with blankets displaying hand made pottery, dreamcatchers and other typical Native American wears for purchase. Most striking is the panoramic view of Devils Canyon Wilderness Area.

I don't often fall in love with a town, but Aspen took my heart. From the great restaurants, bars and shops, to the architecture, and the proximity (20 feet away from the last building) to nature, it has everything you could want. Being in New York, I had forgotten how bright and vast the Milky Way is. I was thrilled to be able to capture a shooting star, so if you noticed it - make a wish.

Go There:
Cove Fort
- North of the junction of 15 & 70

Scenic Pull Off- Along Rt 70 at 38.830244, -111.116755
// Aspen, CO // 39.139646, -106.772939

On the Drive to Vegas (Day 1)

On the drive to Las Vegas while going through the Mojave National Preserve on Rt. 15, a caravan of Super Cars speed by.
// Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA // 35.340980, -115.910847

Thursday, September 18

Seeing Tijuana With a New Perspective

Surprise, I'm on a road trip! I will be driving from San Diego to New York via Route 70 (for the most part). If you live anywhere along that or close by let me know, always up for a detour.

Yesterday I had some free time so I took the trolly down to the San Ysidro Port of Entry and walked into Tijuana. I started out with a visit to my favorite gallery, Jorge Espinosa Designer. After a 'mango de soda Italiana' and continued history of Mexican Art, I headed off to explore the city. A few blocks later I wandered into an Arcade called Pasaje Rodriguez which was full of murals, book and record shops (see images 11 & 12) and where I met Mike (see image 27). Mike is a Psychologist by trade, and really cool dude who was born and raised in TJ (as the locals call it), who scrapped his afternoon plans to show me all around his city. After the first round of tacos we started walking around and visited the cities two main Churches, the most popular park, and a few cultural centers. After a massive climb up more stairs than I could count, Mike brought me to the Altamira neighborhood, with the Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana, then to his favorite Taco cart for Tripa and Carne Assada misto tacos. A quick bus ride brought us down to Centro Cultural Tijuana, where the art and architecture continued to change my perspective.

Walking over the foot bridge, witnessing people living in the holes of the river embankment, and through the corridor of pharmacies, who's proprietor offer you free samples of Vicodin and Oxycontin, enroute to Avenida RevoluciĆ³n (the main tourist street) brings to mind every connotation that you have of the Tijuana. But as I began to see the city through Mike's eyes, I saw how much more there is. The warmness of the people, the quality of the culture, the ease of transportation and of course the taco trucks gave me a truer sense of the city.

Go There:

Jorge Espinosa Designer- Avenida RevoluciĆ³n 1156 btw 5th and 6th Sts. Tel 011-52-664-685-0705 Email espinosa.designer@gmail.com

San Francisco de Asis- Calle Tercera (Gonzalez Ortega)

Parque Teniente Guerrero- 5 de Mayo btw 3rd and 4th Sts. (really clean public bathroom for 2 pesos)

Centro Cultural Tijuana- Paseo de Los Heroes 9350
// Tijuana, Mexico // 32.530034, -117.022962