On the Road

06 Feb 2010 From the Hip In Blog, Travel Tags: , ,

This past October, Danny and I took a road trip from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco, California, traversing through parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada along the way. Although the reason for the trip was ostensibly to cover the Treasure Island Music Festival, it was really more of a pretext for taking a leisurely vacation together and embracing the charm of the highway strip.
Wind Turbines on the Horizon | Nina Barry Photography
Car reflections through side mirror | Nina Barry Photography
On the Road | Nina Barry Photography
There is something wonderfully meditative about the open road. It’s no wonder so many songs have been written about hitting the pavement and letting the scenery unfold. Wyoming’s mountains and valleys were simply breathtaking in their autumnal state.
Wyoming Mountains | Nina Barry Photography
Trucks on the Road | Nina Barry Photography
Hearts and Sun Rays | Nina Barry Photography
Sun set on the Road | Nina Barry Photography
The Great Salt Salt Lake | Nina Barry Photography
The area outside Salt Lake City was especially unique, with the lake’s mineral deposits reaching out and nearly touching the road in certain spots. After taking a wrong turn off an interstate off-ramp, we would up in a run down industrial area where we found the skull below.
Skull by the Great Salt Salt Lake | Nina Barry Photography
Bikers on the Road | Nina Barry Photography
Nevada Desert | Nina Barry Photography
Nevada Desert | Nina Barry Photography
On the Road | Nina Barry Photography
Mountains | Nina Barry Photography
Making Shadow Puppets at the Sun | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
As anyone who has been there knows, San Francisco is such a distinctive city, both in terms of its architecture and its topography. I suspect that if we lived there, our leg muscles would be much better toned. That or we would construct complex cognitive maps to navigate from point to point without too suffering too many of the city’s treacherous inclines.
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
On our final day in the city, we toured a very large chunk of the city by foot, exploring a wide portion of the city near the Embarcadero and base of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a gorgeous day for those who took their sailboats out of the marina, and we had a fun time imagining what life was like inside the houses which overlooked the bay.
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco Says No Crabs | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco and the Ghost Busters Painting | Nina Barry Photography
My friend Miles works for George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic and was kind enough to give us a tour of what is quite an exceptional workplace. Props, matte paintings, and all manner of memorabilia line the hallways of the ILM campus, like the original painting from the second Ghostbusters movie.
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
San Francisco | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
On our way back to Denver, we spent a day at Yosemite National Park among the grandeur of the sequoias. We have been inspired to visit all fifty-eight National Parks, but even visiting a fraction of them would be a tremendous treat.
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
Yosemite National Park | Nina Barry Photography
The vista above was photographed just outside Yosemite during one of those moments when fate conspires to produce something poetic and perfect. We were treated to an ideal sunset going down over rolling, green hills and sparsely traveled winding roads. That night, we camped in Reno, Nevada, which felt a world away.
Reno | Nina Barry Photography
Reno | Nina Barry Photography
Reno | Nina Barry Photography
Nevada Desert | Nina Barry Photography
Salt Lake City Temple | Nina Barry Photography
Much of downtown Salt Lake City, where we spent our final night of the trip, is owned by the Mormon church. It is a little unnerving, especially given the Disneyfied architecture of much of their buildings, such as the main temple above. Still, there is no denying its idiosyncratic nature.
Salt Lake City | Nina Barry Photography

Comments: 6

  1. Dennis Sisterson 8 Feb 2010 Reply

    Thanks for posting these – made a nice interlude to a late working night and reminded me of my drive along Interstate 80 from San Francisco to Boston in ’92. Beautiful pictures. Forwarded the one of the happy dog in the bay to my girlfriend who will go into raptures over it.

  2. Leah Q. 10 Feb 2010 Reply

    I recently traveled from down the East Coast to Tennessee then to Georgia then back up to NY – wild great photos you have here, it brings back all the many photos I took during my trip – – btw, after returning to NY, I was off to Detroit then out to Seattle – some of the best images I ever took traveling…

    thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us!

  3. John M. 13 Feb 2010 Reply

    Wonderful collection! Love the photographs of your travel.

  4. Tyler 15 Feb 2010 Reply

    Great Photos!

    That painting is from the 2nd Ghostbusters movie though.

  5. Nina 16 Feb 2010 Reply

    Ah — yes, the 2nd one! Thanks Tyler.

  6. Sunphol 24 May 2010 Reply

    Beautiful set of photos. They remind me a lot of our road trip in the US 8 years ago. Unfortunately, we were using an old technology called ‘films’ at the time so we had to be quite economical and selective about the shots.
    I love this set as it shows rather the mood of the journey than any specific destination. More please.

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