June 2014 - The Dainty Squid
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tipis, arrows + a giant beetle!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Something I was really excited about seeing on the road trip was silly roadside attractions. I'm a huge fan of the Roadside America app, as you might have been able to tell since I mention it all the time. I was constantly on it looking for things nearby. It seemed we were on the right route though because before I could even get directions to some of these places we just stumbled upon them.
The first photo is of Wigwam Village, one of the few things on the trip we had actually planned before we left. I've been wanting to stay at a Wigwam Village for SO long. There are three remaining Wigwam Motels in the US so when I saw there was one kind of out by where we were going to be, it became a necessity. The room was pretty small, definitely out of date but still clean. I still really want to stay at the other two!

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

You know what one of my favorite things out West was? ALL THE DINOSAURS. Dinosaurs everywhere, man! I think if you've been following this blog for any amount of time you'd know that I love giant roadside attractions and dinosaurs are certainly one of my favorites. 
The majority of the ones we found were in Arizona and we just happened to stumble upon them, some with help from the Roadside America app. The ones I'm most excited about though? The two in the last pictures! They're kind of famous. They've been featured in a few different movies, most exciting to me being Pee Wee's Big Adventure. If there's one place from any one movie that I've ever wanted to visit, it was these dinosaurs. So stoked to cross them off my list!

"Dinny", the Apatosaurus, is actually a gift shop. I was elated to be able to go inside him. It's surprisingly roomy inside. There were even pressed pennies available to purchase. Score!

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.


project 365 // days 166-173

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

166 : 365 Couldn't resist this bubble gum candle from Target.
 167 : 365 These two are a blast to watch play together. Klaus likes to just go underneath Crum and try to bite at him. Check out these photos of them playing when Klaus was a baby.

 168 : 365 Scanning all my photos from the trip.
169 : 365 I tried taking a photo of my new cactus only to be photobombed by some silly puppy. 
(Dress from here)
 170 : 365 Jeff and I celebrated two months together with macarons, pizza, some beach glass hunting, the Cleveland Art Museum, and an evening spent watching The Following.
 171 : 365 Flowers from my sweetest.
172 : 365 A pretty necklace from Shlomit Ofir.
 173 : 365 Finally hung this beautiful map in my dining room. 


Mansfield Reformatory

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A little while back Jeff took me to the Mansfield Reformatory. It's been on my list of places to visit for a while now. I even swung by just to see the outside when I took a day trip to Columbus last fall but it was closed at the time.

Mansfield Reformatory is a historic prison that's actually open for tours. The reformatory opened it's doors originally in September of 1896. It eventually closed on December 31, 1990 as the result of prisoners' class action suit citing overcrowding and inhumane conditions. In it's time it housed over 155,000 men! It has the largest free standing steel cell block in the world, six tiers high.

Although the history of this place is super interesting, I'd say most people that visit are probably just there because it's where parts of The Shawshank Redemption were filmed, I mean that's super exciting to me!
Mansfield Reformatory is definitely worth a stop if you're ever in the area! They have ghost walks regularly scheduled, if that's your kind of thing. (The place is totally creepy enough on it's own! I wouldn't go looking for trouble there!) And around Halloween they have a "Haunted Prison Experience". Neither of those things are my cup of tea, but certainly worth mentioning.

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Shoe Fence // Rice, California

Monday, June 23, 2014

While we were out West I used the Roadside America app to find lots of neat places to visit. In Rice, California we stumbled upon this shoe fence. I had seen it on the app, didn't think it looked like it was worth driving out of the way for and forgot about it. As luck (?) would have it, it was right on the road we were cruising down. There was no way we could not pull over to check out this crazy place.
If I'm being honest, I've actually always wanted to visit a shoe tree. I don't know why. They're kinda gross but something about it is just interesting to me. This shoe fence blows any shoe tree away. There were SO many pairs of shoes. Some folks even left bras, shirts, and potty training seats in lieu of shoes. Jeff and I didn't really have anything we wanted to contribute but someone had left some permanent markers on the ground so I had Jeff leave our mark on some pipe.

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.


Bombay Beach

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One of the big stops on this road trip was the Salton Sea. The sea was created in 1905 by a flood from the Colorado River. In the 1950's and 60's the Salton Sea was a booming tourist attraction. People flocked from all around to enjoy California's largest lake. But it didn't last. Agricultural runoff from surrounding fields increased the salinity. With no outflow it only got worse with time. Now the Salton Sea is a far cry from what it used to be. It's littered with abandoned buildings and dead fish.

The main area we spent time in was Bombay Beach, a quaint little town nestled 225 feet below sea level. Prone to flooding from the Salton Sea, there is now a large dike protecting the town. As of the 2010 census, 295 residents lived there, down from 366 in 2000. I can only imagine how small the population is now. The side closest to the sea is almost completely abandoned. Bombay beach was intense. It's like nothing I have ever seen before.
We visited on a very hot day, instead of the dead fish smell that others experience at the Salton Sea, it just smelled like hot trash to me. It was repulsive. I have such mixed emotions about the whole experience. It was so exciting to be able to explore so many abandoned homes, sheds, boats, etc. at once and in such a small area but in the same breath, it's incredibly sad that this even exists. The homes are full of belongings from the people who just up and left. Did you notice all the clothes in the fifth picture? It's not like being an abandoned factory, school or any of the other places I've explored, this was so personal. There's something unsettling about being there.

Definitely an experience I won't soon be forgetting.

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