Morning view from the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I am society’s child. This is how they made me and now I’m sayin’ what’s on my mind and they don’t want that. This is what you made me, America." - Tupac. Flamingo Road and Koval in Las Vegas, NV. A memorial to Tupac Shakur, near where he was shot to death in 1996.
Mall, Las Vegas, NV.
Half-eaten room service at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas.
"Human beings, born ultimately of the stars and now for a while inhabiting a world called Earth, have begun their long voyage home." - Carl Sagan
Neon sign graveyard. Las Vegas.
Waiting in line. Zion National Park, Utah.
Deer skulls, Zion.
The Narrows at Zion.
"After the earth dies, some 5 billion years from now, after it’s burned to a crisp, or even swallowed by the Sun, there will be other worlds and stars and galaxies coming into being - and they will know nothing of a place once called Earth."
— Carl Sagan
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." Calvin, to Hobbes. Albertson's Grocery store, Washington, Utah.
Greetings from my mormon AirBNB host, Washington, Utah.
Entering the Grand Tetons.
Souvenir shop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
"The prairie about them lay silent. Beyond the fire it was cold and the night was clear and the stars were falling. The old hunter pulled his blanket about him. I wonder if there's other worlds like this, he said. Or if this is the only one.” - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
My rental car windshield: a grave for bugs from 7 states.
Waiting for Old Faithful. Yellowstone National Park.
Primordial soup, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone.
Dispatch from the road: Selfie sticks everywhere. Also currently haunted by all the photos I've missed on this trip for whatever reason. Most recently: a little girl pitching a fit in the Jenny Lake parking lot because there is a lake, but no pool at the Grand Tetons. No pool.
"Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also." -Sitting Bull
"They rode on. The white noon saw them through the waste like a ghost army, so pale they were with dust, like shades of figures erased upon a board. The wolves loped paler yet and grouped and skittered and lifted their lean snouts on the air." - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
Elk antlers collected by Boy Scouts after the rut, and assembled into arches in the town square. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
"Butte is mercurial, and its feelings had changed. The wicked, wealthy, hospitable, full-blooded, little city, welcomed me with wild enthusiasm of a disorderly kind." - Teddy Roosevelt
Dispatch from the road: I'm a day ahead of schedule on my trip to Seattle. Last night I stopped in Butte, Montanta and accidentally stayed in The Finlen, the same hotel were photographer Robert Frank stayed and made an iconic image out of window that was part of his genre-changing book, The Americans. America, as it is: I'm totally feeling and feeding off the energy of that book on this trip. I made an image from the same floor, in homage to Frank. More soon.
Somewhere, out there, between Spokane and Seattle, WA.
"When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions / Gotta find a way, to find a way, when I'm here" - Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain's childhood home, Aberdeen, Washington.
The Young Street bridge, where Kurt Cobain used to hide and sleep as a teenager.
A denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial a denial.
“Underneath the bridge / The tarp has sprung a leak / And the animals I've trapped / Have all become my pets / And I'm living off of grass / And the drippings from the ceiling / It's okay to eat fish / ‘Cause they don't have any feelings / Something in the way, Yeah”