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airstreaming from DC to CA, October 2014

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Road trip photo # 3 - not in Virginia yet - still on Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE in Deanwood.In the mountains outside of Marfa TX. #airstreamdc2caliHome for the night: The Tumble Inn, Marfa TX.What's that phrase about fences making good neighbors or something? #airstreamdc2caliDinner at Cochineal. #lightsofmarfa #marfa #airstreamdc2cali #nofilterMarfa, TX. Like. Much. #airstreamdc2caliGONZALEZ FLOOR SHOP.Sureway. Marfa TX. #airstreamdc2caliWhat counts for a hill in Marfa TX. #airstreamdc2caliHardware store, Texas style. #airstreamdc2caliBonneville. #airstreamdc2caliHigh desert double vintage #airstream sighting just outside of #Marfa .. #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamHigh desert double vintage #airstream sighting just outside of #Marfa .. #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamLeaving Marfa, headed for Bernalillo NM today. #vintageairstream #airstream #airstreamdc2caliFrom under a railroad viaduct. #vintage #vintageairstream #airstream #airstreamdc2caliAt the base of the railroad track bed. #vintageairstream #airstream #airstreamdc2caliViaduct. #airstreamdc2cali@shinyobsession right on the dot. 1964. #vintage #vintageairstream #airstream #airstreamdc2caliDesert Valley TX in the foreground, Mexico in the distance. #airstreamdc2caliHow do you say WE ARE HERE! Where are you? (1600hrs MST). #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamYep, we got caught in the Big Border Patrol Sting leaving El Paso and headed towards Albuquerque. Nope, they didn't find our stash of illegals tucked in the closets and cabinets of the #airstream. #airstreamdc2caliFrom our gas stop about an hour shy of El Paso.The last leg of the trip to Chaco Canyon: 15 miles on a dirt road. Towing a 3500 pound #vintageairstream. #airstreamdc2cali #airstreamTraffic jam on NM State Road 7950. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream21 miles off the highway, a large percentage of which is unpaved. After a long night of rain. Hold on, kids, it's going to be a bumpy ride. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamChaco Culture National Monument. #airstreamdc2caliThe one. The only. The real deal. My co-pilot at Chaco Canyon. #airstreamdc2caliHe wishes this breakfast were for YOU, DaSean. Soon enough, kiddo. (Not soon enough!) Hun. #airstreamdc2caliCampfire selfie. #airstreamdc2caliAfter our harrowing quarter-mile slog through 9 inches of mud clay on our way out of Chaco Canyon, we crossed paths with another #airstream driver headed into the canyon. He was also towing with a #silverado so he thanked us for the warning and put his trAnother shot from the mud road leaving Chaco Canyon. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamThe most treacherous moment of our trip. A 4x4 stops us to warn of a quarter mile stretch of deep mud up ahead. We put the #silverado into 4 wheel low and pushed through. Thank you, #chevrolet. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamAfter a quarter mile of 9-inch deep  mud. Dirty #airstream. #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream#washout. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamDriven hard and put away wet. #chevrolet #silverado #chevy #heartbeatofamerica #airstreamdc2cali #airstream #vintageairstreamSome distance later, a section of the road that had partially washed out within the past month. Fortunately, no rushing water at our passing. #airstreamdc2cali #airstream #vintageairstreamThis is a black truck. #chevrolet #silverado #airstream #vintageairstream #airstreamdc2caliThe oil in the #silverado did a great job powering the truck through, but it was time for a change. While we were at it, new differential fluid, top off the washer fluid, and a new sticker for the top left corner of the windshield. Thanks, @pennzoil ShiprSKY TRAIN BRUSH ROAD. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #arizonaArizona desert sunset. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #arizona #vintageairstream#chevy #silverado #airstream #airstreamdc2cali 2013 Chevy Silverado, 1964 Airstream Overlander. #vintageairstreamSunrise on the Silverado in the Arizona desert. #arizona #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #chevrolet #silveradoSunrise on the picnic bench in the desert in Arizona. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #arizonaMoonset in the desert in Arizona. #arizona #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamYuma AZ, just shy of the California line. 96 degrees. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #arizona#captionit. #airstream #california #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #blonde #barbieSand dunes. Right over the California line, just past Arozona, Mexico barely a mile to the south. #california #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #sanddunesEl Centro CA. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamHome for the next two nights. Julian, CA. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #chevrolet #vintageairstream #vintage #1964 #overlanderLeaf springs left behind. #airstreamdc2cali #california #vintage #rustpornCalifornia mountain hike. #airstreamdc2caliMountain tree. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #californiaMy new best friends. At the members' lounge at Pinecrest Retreat #vintage #traveltrailer park. #vintageairstream #airstream #airstreamdc2caliReflections of an airstream in the airstream. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #1964 #overlanderAirstream caravan on the airstream. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #vintageairstream #1964 #overlanderMade it to the Pacific Ocean. 20 more mns til we get to Malibu. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #californiaHome for the next two nights. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #malibu #california #vintage #vintageairstreamTime to ditch the shoes. Maybe I'll even throw on a pair of shorts. Maybe. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #vintageairstream #malibu #californiaView out the back window. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #malibu #california #pacific #ocean #1964 #overlander#nofilter #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #malibu #california #pacific #sunsetDon't tell anyone back east, but I think I might have just taken my shoes off. And, I'm wearing shorts!I've got sunglasses on, so I can't see the screen of my iPhone for sh*t, so ... #nofilter ! #malibu #california #airstreamdc2caliBlue. #airstreamdc2cali #ford #econoline #malibu #california #vintageWhere's Waldo? (Actually, this trailer's name is Lucy.) #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #malibu #californiaNice house, mister. #malibu #california #airstreamdc2caliI bought it to tow the #airstream I'm going to buy. #mercedesbenz #280S #malibu  #airstreamdc2caliRare 1978 Buick Riviera S Type, precursor to the better known T Type. #buick #riviera #stype #ttype. #malibu #california #airstreamdc2cali #vintage#airstream #1964 #overlander #malibu #california #pacific #liveriveted #airstreamdc2caliDawn at Malibu Beach RV Park. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #vintageairstream #liveriveted #malibu #californiaQuick stop at @hofarc in Santa Barbara to give Lucy a good shine before hitting Big Sur. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstreamAt Hofman Architecture @hofarc in Santa Barbara, where they rebuild Airstreams from the skin in. Amazing work. #airstream #airstreamdc2caliLucy getting the Chaco Canyon grime buffed off at @hofarc in Santa Barbara. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali  #california #vintageairstream #vintageairstreamLucy's brand new shine, courtesy of HofArc Airstream design/build specialists. @hofarc #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintage #vintageairstream #chevy #chevroletPolisher Collin and his work. @hofarc #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #vintageLunch at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. #airstreamdc2cali #santabarbaraSCUBA off the pier in Santa Barbara. Lots of people helping each diver to suit up. Neato. #airstreamdc2cali #scuba #santabarbara #californiaSan Simeon, central coast, California. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #vintage #1964 #overlanderThe last bit of road with cell service, San Simeon CA. Breathtaking. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #vintageHome for the next three nights. #bigsur #california #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #1964 #overlander @dcmdbOne of my favorite Chevy shots from the Airstream trip. Sunset at Kirk Creek campground in Big Sur. #airstreamdc2cali #chevrolet #silverado #chevy #chevytruck #airstream #california #nofilterComing up for data air briefly during a visit to Hearst Castle. Back to Big Sur, and out of range, for one more night later this afternoon. #airstream #vintageairstream #airstreamdc2cali #california #liverivetedNew growth redwood in the foreground, old growth in the background. The redwood is one of the only creatures that survives the forest fires that sweep through the mountains periodically. Here, evidence of the fire of 2008.Stand of redwood. Huge. Nature is a wonder. #airstreamdc2cali #california #redwoodCharred bark still falls from the trunks of the redwoods and lands on new growth needles at eye level, 6 years after the Big Sur wildfire of 2008. #airstreamdc2cali  #bigsur #california #redwoodOur last glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, cresting the Santa Lucia mountains heading east between Cambria and Paso Robles. Copilot Michael Vallen @dcmdb and I are sad to have to turn back east after such an amazing two weeks out here. #airstream #airstreamdcFennel in the foreground. Big Sur CA. #airstreamdc2cali #california #bigsurYesterday morning's hike out of Kirk Creek campground. #airstreamdc2cali #bigsur #california #airstream #vintage #1964 #overlander #pacificWilliam Randolph Hearst's idea of a little pool in the backyard. At Hearst Castle, San Simeon (Big Sur) CA. #airstreamdc2cali #california #hearstcastleRoman pool at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Big Sur, CA.  #airstreamdc2cali #california #vintageairstreamMy favorite piece of pottery in the Hearst Castle. #airstreamdc2cali #pottery #californiaThat exact moment. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #california #vintageairstream #1964 #overlanderDusk in the middle of the Mojave desert. Wow. Vast. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #mojave #vintageairstream #liverivetedPUSH FOR COIN. Cambria, CA. #airstreamdc2cali #pactel #californiaA line of oncoming headlights as far as the eye can see. CA Route 395, Mojave Desert. #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #vintageairstream #vintage #liverivetedDoes anyone know if Jay Farrar needs a photo for the next Son Volt record? (@brysoncoles @leicadc) #airstream #airstreamdc2cali #california #vintage #vintageairstream #jayfarrar #sonvoltDinner here tonight, after a long day of driving in the Mojave desert. Victorville CA. Time to get our drink on. #airstreamdc2cali #airstream #california #mojaveMy last airstream sunrise. For this trip, anyway. Something tells me there are more on the horizon. This morning, Victorville CA, in the Mojave desert. #airstreamdc2cali #airstream #vintageairstream #vintage #1964 #overlander #californiaFaithful travel companion Tumbleweed the Dog. I adopted him in Floyd, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, two weeks and one day ago, and he, @dcmdb and I have traveled 4154 memorable miles since then. He's been a great copilot, guard dog and conversatiWing seat for my flight from Phoenix to Washington National. At least I have a window. See you at home. #airstreamdc2cali

A long overdue vacation. A cross-country road trip. Two weeks with a very old friend (and my first architectural photography client). Camping with all the related stuff: wood-fired grill cooking, camp coffee, overcoming site challenges. Driving with a 3,500 pound trailer in tow, sometimes in a straight line for miles on end, sometimes on mountain switchbacks at the very edge of oceanside cliffs. Itinerary: Floyd VA (Blue Ridge Mountains). Marfa TX. Bernalillo NM. Chaco Canyon NM. Meteor Crater (Winslow) AZ. Julian CA. Malibu CA. Big Sur CA. Victorville CA.

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