This trip took a different turn. When we arrived in Colorado I started to get sick, couldn't breathe. The fires in California were evident as you couldn't see the mountains, hardly even the foothills. Then the fires in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana added to it. I fear for the next two months in the northwest and California. The dark grey skies will be soon black. Fire renews, but also kills. My very best to you all.
As for me, I ended up taking doing a quarter of what I would normally would...one lousy 8g card and 200 or so on a 16? Oh wait, I couldn't breathe...but still..... One thing that I noticed was everything was too "clean." Decay? out of the question. When they paint over things in an alley they make sure that there is nothing you can bring out of it. Old Town in Fort Collins is all cool and everything but nothing for me to focus on that made sense, just too much on the walls and storefronts. If the breathing thing hadn't happened, there could have been some great street opportunities, the hobos (traveling kids) with their pit bulls and rottweilers are an interesting lot. I've known two for years. Anyway, the city cleanliness, even the cleanliness of the industrial area was appalling. I was forced into only steel, glass and modernity. That means banks, civic buildings, car dealers, fast food pits, and strip malls. I guess those are the "modern" america. There was good food in town but like everything else way overpriced. Check out the Afghan place if you are in town. edit: not overpriced
One would think that travelling this far with a recently turned one year old would be trouble, but no, he laughed and slept for 99.99% of the entire trip. There was never a more happy baby, it is just amazing. He took his first abstract pictures with me.