Ok!! So, over the summer I went on an extremely amazing trip across the United States. My friend Katie and I packed up our rental car and visited 19 states in one month's time. It was fantastic, stunning, breathtaking, stressful, wonderful and crazy all at the same time!! We had to make sure to stick to our timeline but had to allow for traffic and weather to possibly get in our way. The original plan had us camping in some of the National Parks, however, we ended up staying in hotels - which might have been better anyway because of things like air conditioning and running water! haha. But seriously, we were definitely in the dessert for some of our stops and I don't think I would have survived sleeping outside while sweating into a sleeping bag. I enjoy things like electricity a little too much. But I digress...
The trip started in Savannah, GA. We drove all the way to St. Louis, MO in one day. In STL we stayed with friends, who are practically our family. We got to see the sights of the wonderful city and we even saw a Cardinals game! After a few days in St. Louis, we traveled to Chicago - a city I'd prefer not to drive in ever again. haha. The GPS definitely did not like the tall buildings that were around us and would show us its unhappiness by losing signal and stranding me in the middle of the street not knowing where to turn while lots of people yelled and honked at me. Not one of my top driving experiences. Once we parked the car in a garage, I felt a lot better and could finally enjoy chi-town. It's definitely gorgeous, and reminds me of a cleaner version of New York City. We had a quick day trip in Chicago and then headed to South Dakota.
South Dakota is the home of those "Big heads in the mountain" aka Mount Rushmore. South Dakota was also our first glimpse into autumn-like June weather that,... well, we were not quite used to. Like, I could see my breath when I got out of the car to check into our hotel. That's how cold it was... in JUNE. I wanted to stay there till at least August, but alas, I couldn't abandon my trip like that. Mount Rushmore was a pretty cool experience. I was wanting a little more out of the experience, mostly because it's in the middle of no-where with just a walking trail to get a little closer, however the surrounding small towns were charming. We were supposed to stop at a dinosaur park while in South Dakota but we totally missed it on our list and didn't realize this mishap until we were already too far down the interstate. (I seem to have a deep yearning to go to dinosaur parks because I had like 4 of them on the list of places to visit... However when it came time to actually go, I somehow missed it!!! I'm a dinosaur park tease.)
So, below are photos from the beginnings of the adventure. All the photos that are in color at the beginning of the post were taken with my iphone 6 and then edited in lightroom with Mastin Presets (Portra 400 + tweaks). The photos with little "stickers" (cartoons) and words on them are from snapchat (yes! I'm on there too!). I think I had a little too much sharing videos and taking photos from the trip on there. haha. There are also photos that were taken with a random assortment of 35mm film that I had in a drawer in my room. Most of the rolls were Ilford HP5+ but there were a few random rolls of color in the mix as well. All the film photos were taken with my Canon Elan 7 using a 35mm lens.
Just a little view of North Georgia into Chattanooga, TN.
To the left is a sign that you will see when you get to the middle of the arch. To the right is a photo of the little pod that you travel up the legs of the arch in to get to the top!! Meghan, one of the girls that we stayed with while in STL, was trying to convince us that we had to walk stairs to the top! haha. I'm not sure what would have been worse
because these pods were small!!
Zee Arch in all it's glory!
Fitz's!! They make their own in house soda and you can drink all you want of any flavor!! Definitely worth it!! And then for desert, the girls ordered these ice cream floats!! So huge!! I can't believe that anyone really had any room for them!
I could barely finish my lunch.
Such a gorgeous view from Budweiser Stadium that evening!!
Our first stop in Chicago was the Chicago Cloud gate or otherwise known as THE BEAN! So cool to finally see it in person!
There was gospel in the park while we were visiting! Definitely provided an uplifting soundtrack to our visit!
The view from the top of the John Hancock Building was AWESOME. I definitely recommend it! Stunning views of the city and the shoreline to Lake Michigan. They also have an additional tilting experience where you're put into a contraption that literally tilts you over the city... I was just fine not paying for that additional experience! haha.
This is the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. I kind of wish we would have checked out the inside because I LOVE the way the outside looks. Taking photos at this church would be lovely, that's for sure!!
This Chicago nightlife... Magical. Really the only way to describe it. Love that the river flows right through the middle of it. Just an interesting way to lay out a city. Almost reminds me a little of Paris near the Notre Dame, except for the skyscrapers. haha.
We ended the day back at Millennium Park, where we started the day in Chicago. It was cool to see the city and different sites at both day time and night. Definitely brings a different feeling and attitude to the city.
Literally took this from the window of our car. haha. It was difficult to find a place to park, plus the stadium is kind of out of the main part of the city, so driving was necessary since we were leaving right after this stop. Hoping that I can visit again soon and actually see a game played here!
There they are!!! George, Thomas, Theodore and Abraham!
Below is where the film photos start. These were taken with a very sketchy looking roll of film I had in my drawer. Like one of those rolls that comes in a lomography pack of film where you're not REALLY sure what you're getting....
I had been waiting to go on this "photo" adventure for quite a while. I was so happy when my friend Katie said that she was interested in coming along for the ride! It was nice to have another person to help with the driving, keep me sane and to talk/laugh with. I'll be posting part 2 from the adventure soon, so make sure to check back!! If you have any questions about any of the places that we went, feel free to ask away! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try my best to guide you and hopefully you won't make some of the few mistakes that we made... haha.
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