the drive in a paragraph....

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self portrait of the driver
So here's a little synopsis of my trip. It's basically what I posted to my friends to let them all know how it went. I may develop this a little further later on, but this is what I've got for now:

The drive was brutal - 8 days, plus 4 hours of driving, just me and three dogs. I drove through Alabama, a small part of Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington - finally ending up in Canada! I drove through deserts, over mountains, through mountains, and even hill country. I freaked out in texas hill country (I'm afraid of heights) and drove over a California mountain right after someone drove off of it. I drove through the high Mojave desert, which is truly deserted, only to have to drive down mountains in fog so thick I couldn't even see the full hood of my car.
DOG is my co-pilot
...at night. And yes, I cried during that one. One of my dogs spent an entire night throwing up, very loudly, in a hotel room in Bakersfield, CA. I drove through freezing rain and 40mph winds in Texas and parts of New Mexico. There were times when I thought the car was going to be lifted up on a wind gust and I was going flying. I spent the night in a 32 dollar motel room on the Oregon coast which made me think of the movie "Psycho" when the motel owner met me at the front missing four front teeth and kept referring to his mother. Swear to god. And when I finally got to the canadian border, the asshole border guard made me cry. On my birthday. It seems I was supposed to bring my college diploma (um, that's in my mother's attic somewhere in NH), and he wasn't going to let me through on the work permit.
texas hill country through the windshield
But noone asked to see the rabies certificates of the three huge dogs I had in the car or even for my car registration!

But all ended okay. The guard finally let me through, after humiliating me in front of a building full of people. Asshole. And I did get to see some beautiful parts of this country. New Mexico is stunning and I got to cross the Continental Divide. Arizona brought me some much needed warmth. I drove through a town called "Bigfoot, CA" - and yes, there were bigfoot statues everywhere. Seeing the California coast is always a sight to behold. The Oregon coast is the most stunning coastline I have ever seen, and I've seen quite a few in my day. And my dogs were actually pretty well behaved for most of the trip. And, bonus, I stopped by and saw my friend Woodie in Tacoma before driving across to BC.
more texas hill country


How is it here in BC? Well, the yurt I'm renting is pretty cool. I have a huge, foresty back yard. And I discovered today that I can walk to the beach through these back paths, which is awesome. Today was the first sunny day since I got here, so I finally got to see mountains past the shoreline, which is gorgeous. Everyone has dogs here and the coffee is fantastic. Plus, the local vancouver station is amazing! It's like listening to my ipod, with songs I hadn't heard of yet - they've been playing city and colour, vampire weekend, ben lee, tegan and sara, eddie vedder, jack johnson, and a bunch of really good canadian artists. I start work tomorrow but went there this past Thursday and everyone seems pretty cool. Hopefully things will go well.
pretty, pretty texas
Do I love it here? Well, yes I love the area and the pacific northwest in general. It is truly gorgeous, with beaches, ocean, mountains, forests - all within view at every turn - even in downtown Vancouver. But do I like living in Canada so far? It's a mixed bag. It's a huge pain setting up things here as an american - I had to get the canadian version of a social security card, and everything else is just a little bit harder to do than in the states. It's taking me about two weeks just to get internet service, for crying out loud. Basic life stuff is much more complicated when you're a foreigner. So we'll see how long I stay. Right now my work permit is good for two years, so we shall see....
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self portrait of the driver
self portrait of the driver
DOG is my co-pilot
DOG is my co-pilot
texas hill country through the win…
texas hill country through the wi…
more texas hill country
more texas hill country
pretty, pretty texas
pretty, pretty texas
texas is definitely not completely…
texas is definitely not completel…
the saturn resting up in texas
the saturn resting up in texas
close to 40 mph winds can make ear…
close to 40 mph winds can make ea…
he looks enchanted....
he looks enchanted....
shes not sure of what were doing…
she's not sure of what we're doin…
yes, I crossed it. it was..... une…
yes, I crossed it. it was..... un…
these two are enchanted as wel....
these two are enchanted as wel....
new mexico desert and mountains
new mexico desert and mountains
pooch under a high desert sun
pooch under a high desert sun
scary signs in NM
scary signs in NM
new mexico highway
new mexico highway
more new mexico mountains
more new mexico mountains
the saturn in arizona!
the saturn in arizona!
hes digging the cool rocks
he's digging the cool rocks
enjoying the arizona sun
enjoying the arizona sun
he was a bit of a whiner the whole…
he was a bit of a whiner the whol…
arizona rocks
arizona rocks
funky arizona mountain (or was tha…
funky arizona mountain (or was th…
az desert
az desert
az desert, take two
az desert, take two
heading towards cali!
heading towards cali!
joshua tree natl, park, joshua tre…
joshua tree natl, park, joshua tr…
funky rock mountain in joshua tree
funky rock mountain in joshua tree
the view when driving down from jo…
the view when driving down from j…
my first view of snow on the trip!
my first view of snow on the trip!
pretty vistas on 99 from inland ca…
pretty vistas on 99 from inland c…
california mt. town
california mt. town
Bigfoot, in the town of Bigfoot, C…
Bigfoot, in the town of Bigfoot, …
first view of the cali coast!
first view of the cali coast!
random herd of elk near the oregon…
random herd of elk near the orego…
northern cali coast
northern cali coast
driving through the redwoods
driving through the redwoods
hello oregon!
hello oregon!
giant islands in the sea, oregon
giant islands in the sea, oregon
oregon has the most spectacular co…
oregon has the most spectacular c…
how cool is this?
how cool is this?
I heart oregon
I heart oregon
oregon twilight
oregon twilight
some oregon locals
some oregon locals
stunning oregon
stunning oregon
waterfall in the sea lion caves, w…
waterfall in the sea lion caves, …
sea dogs
sea dogs
finally.... british columbia!
finally.... british columbia!
foggy vancouver harbor
foggy vancouver harbor
totem poles in stanley park, vanco…
totem poles in stanley park, vanc…
me and a pooch at the beach in whi…
me and a pooch at the beach in wh…
foggy crescent beach path
foggy crescent beach path
white rock, british columbia
white rock, british columbia
yep, theres a white rock in White…
yep, there's a white rock in Whit…
a common BC sight
a common BC sight
view from the white rock pier
view from the white rock pier
adapting to the BC weather with a …
adapting to the BC weather with a…
view from Crescent beach of Vancou…
view from Crescent beach of Vanco…
digging the first snow in BC - luc…
digging the first snow in BC - lu…
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