Hey everyone! I just had to put out a blog post just for the fact that it is indeed 1.1.11. So crazy to think we have now reached a brand new year and have said goodbye to good 'ol 2010. Last year was a crazy and busy year but I know 2011 will bring so much more. I look forward to what the near future holds! Now back to the journey log.... The next stop on my trip was in Charlotte, NC. On this day I was faced with over 400 miles and at least 8 hours of travel. This was quickly becoming my typical day. I was sad to say goodbye to my friend Kevin and to the beauty of DC but I was eager to see my friend Shea who I hadn't seen in years. It didn't take long for me to track down a Starbucks and get my java fix. It's always a lot of fun to talk to the various Bux employees that I meet along my journey. I loved working for Starbucks for the people I worked with. They always make the experience that much better. Notice how Starbucks employees are almost always happy? Best part time gig I've ever had :o) Miss you guys! Anywise, I grabbed coffee and hit the road. With the speed limit getting up to 70 and the roads clear and sunny, I knew this could have the potential for some fun and photo explorations. I started noticing all the troopers along the way and watched my speed a lot more carefully so as to keep out of trouble. Getting there slightly sooner was not worth an expensive ticket. I spotted an abandoned motel off to the side but knew it would be too much of a risk whereas it was so close to the road. I later would abandon that fear to get the pictures I craved so much. Not always wise to follow a passionate photographer's example lol. What can I say? Abandoned things are like magnets for me and my pictures reflect that. It didn't take long for me to spot the row of cars in a field just off the highway. I just had to figure out how to get to them! This took me on a very random and interesting adventure. Usually when I go off on the random side roads I am more likely to find abandoned houses and buildings. I knew the cars were somewhere near the highway so I just went where my intuition and kept driving. I was not able to find the cars but I did manage to find a house and something that almost resembled a small abandoned town. The house was not as interesting as I was hoping and after I headed up the stairs I heard what was most likely a person so I quickly and quietly got out of there. When walking back to my car I caught the attention of a local and paid no mind to it because I didn't plan on staying around any longer unless I found another location worth my time. After navigating my way down several rural street and almost giving up and turning around I found the little "town". I also had passed that same local and he decided it was in his best interest to follow me. Since I was traveling alone this made me a little nervous but it turned out to be a harmless "country boy" from the south that just had to see what my story was and to hit on me. I thought it was hilarious especially when he told me that the "country folk" around these parts don't care if I poke around and take pictures and that I would be left alone. Good to know. He drove off with a big grin and I went on to photograph around the "town". It took me at least a good 30-40 minutes for me to find my way back to the highway but it was worth it. I did find out what a silver alert was thanks to google and seeing it about every 15 mins. As quoted from my twitter; "So I found out today what a silver alert is. Old person on the loose! On a more serious note, there is an older person on the loose. " Yeah, I'm horrible but at least I have fun lol. I finally reached NC and was stuck in horrible rush hour traffic but was excited to finally be close to my destination. She practically mauled me when I got out of the car but it was so good to see her. The rest of the night was filled was old stories, way too much laughing and giant ornaments. Great night indeed! Shea and I did my daily video log and I finally crashed out late only to wake up a few hours later.
*Last four pictures are from my cell*