Exploring : Route 66 (Part One)

Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been taking me on road trips. He loves driving; I love maps and scenery; we both love exploring and learning about the world around us.

We decided to take what’s often lauded as “the ultimate road trip” in a rather impromptu way. My dad was in Ohio for business and I had just received a work schedule that cut my hours to less than 20 a week. By switching a couple shifts, I was left with a large swath of days off and I booked a one-way ticket to Chicago. We’d meet there and then drive back to the west coast via the storied highway 66. My sister, Madison, liked the idea too and joined us.

Madi and I landed in Chicago in the morning and spent the day wandering the enormous city blocks, eating deep dish pizza, and visiting the beautifully-designed Museum of Science of Industry.

The Lustrous Bean
The Lustrous Bean

Reminiscing over Aix-en-Provence and making comparative pizza analyses with my study abroad roommate.
Reminiscing over Aix-en-Provence and making comparative pizza analyses with my study abroad roommate.
Museum of Science & Industry: too busy being wow-ed to take many photos but highly recommended for your Chicago travel itinerary.
Museum of Science & Industry: too busy being wow-ed to take many photos but highly recommended for your Chicago travel itinerary.

“The gang’s all here.”

And so it begins!

Along Route 66, there’s a never-ending supply of eye-catching statues, signage, and art installations:

Used to be Paul Bunyan with an axe, now it's Paul
Used to be Paul Bunyan with an axe, now it’s Paul “Hotdog &” Bun-yan.
Another Paul Bunyan update – painted green, axe replaced, helmet on to become the “Gemini Giant!”
When in Illinois... visit Abraham Lincoln's house.
When in Illinois… visit Abraham Lincoln’s house.
Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, IL - an ode to the Cadillac Ranch in Texas that we'd see a few days later.
Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, IL – an ode to the Cadillac Ranch in Texas that we’d see a few days later.

Inside... a spectacle of rabbit fur and dust. Which should not discourage you from visiting. It's unique!
Inside… a spectacle of rabbit fur and dust. Which should not discourage you from visiting. It’s unique!
One of the many resident rabbits.
One of the many resident rabbits.
Back on the open road.
Back on the open road.

House Love – Seattle

First, the appreciation:

[ This sweet little cul-de-sac with homes of various ages (originally must’ve been 2 large farmhouse lots but subdivided over the years). ]

[ Definitely one of the original houses – it’s the only one with a driveway that aligns with the original street paving! ]
Some details…

[ Hidden cat. ]

[ This dreamy little gem! How swanky, how cool. ]
[ Imagine this perky blue pioneer – probably used to sit on a large lot with far fewer neighbors, maybe even had a view from its perch! Now there’s  d w e e b y   b r o w n    m i d – c e n t u r y  bothering it next door. ]
[ I love small houses. Keep on keeping on small houses – stay strong. ]
And then…

[ Unassumingly I started up this street and then I see this peeking over the fence line. My heart races… ]
[ This, my friends, is my dream home. Whoever lives here is my soulmate – if you’re reading this blog, stop and EMAIL ME NOW!!! taylor (at) fernishnw.com ]
[ Like my soul was trying to leave my body in this moment and go knock on the door of this house. But, of course, I denied it that thrill and carried on after taking a bazillion pictures. Now I can’t even remember what street it was!! Did it even really exist?? Must find again… Will spend my whole life trying to find you again.❤ ]
 

Exploring : Greenlake (Part Two)

[ I just can’t get enough of the beauty around here! ]

[ A simple mid-century complex – not into the cheap windows, but love the lines and the light! ]

[ The old Vitamilk dairy office ]

[ One of my top five favorite tree species ]

[ One of my photos I hope to translate into paint some day! ]
 
Back home, trying out some new arrangements as things slowly get unpacked: