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Wednesday, June 09, 2004


Road Trip photos
I said I'd try to post some photos from the trip, and so I'm going to, even if it was a couple weeks ago--eons in blog time. But I've been operating on a much slower timescale these days, so it seems very recent. It also gives me a chance to check out this new photoblogging feature, of which I am a fan. It's not nearly so clumsy as it could be. So here, in chronological order, is a visual summary of the Great Graduation Road Trip.

Yours truly outside of the 1880 town in South Dakota. Not quite worth seven bucks, but fun nonetheless. They had a camel!

Riding the rare giant jackalope at Wall Drug. Capitalism at its finest.

The Badlands. This place was pervaded by an intense desolate beauty. And bison.

Two great men, one nearly great man, and one pretty good man. I'll let you figure out which is which.

The sun cresting above Devil's Tower.

My brother Matthew and friend Rob in Yellowstone. Great place. I highly reccommend it.

A very close encounter with some bison at Yellowstone. That's my hand tightly gripping the steering wheel there.

The three of us at Grand Coulee Dam. After so much grandeur of nature, and such dangerous close encounters with it, it was great to see Man's sheer power over it.

And back to nature's grandeur at Dry Falls, one of the hidden gems of Washington State.

And finally, the foothills of the Cascades welcome me home.
Agree, disagree, have more information on the topic? Please, feel free to leave a comment. No profanity!

I vote Jefferson and Lincoln great, Washington almost great, and Roosevelt fair-to-middlin'. I mean, the whole Great White Fleet thing was cool, and the National Parks are nice, but the Bull Moose Party was a serious error in judgment. Washington was charismatic, but ineffective. Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, Declaration of Independence, and standing up to the French put him just over the line.
Sorry, thanks for playing. Washington was great because he was the first, and he set the precedent that has survived through this day--and if we're going to be talking about pre-President stuff like the Declaration of Independence, then he gets full credit for that whole "winning the Revolutionary War" thing. He kept the nation together through its unsteady first eight years as a true nation, and he did so with a grace and dignity matched by few.

Jefferson, on the other hand, is knocked back from the line by his utopian proto-progressivism, the remarkably unhelpful embargo, his "enlightened" version of the Bible, and for changing "property" to "pursuit of happiness" in his rip-off of John Locke.
Ah, it's fun to watch loved ones fight over blog. :-)
I'm... er... going to stay out of this fight.
BUT, wanted to say: Cool pics, Tim. And visit our blog. It's, as always, very not-cool, as it's... er... mediocre at best... but, visit anyway. :) I'd feel cool to get a "comment" from your neck of the woods.
Toodles, and keep in touch.
2 months left to go, guys! -Bliss
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