from the road – some stories in pictures

30 Jun

Before I left on this trip a few of my friends got together and made a journal/dare book for me to take along. The purpose of this book is for me to complete the dares in the enclosed envelopes in the book and then write about it in the pages that follow. The rules were that I am only allowed to open one at a time and once I open it, I have to complete it. Admittedly I cheated a little bit and opened two other dares which I did not complete (yet) before opening this one. But anyways, I have completed my first dare and it was to purchase a cactus to take along with me the rest of the way. So this is my cactus, Sunshine. It fits perfectly in my cup holder and I named it ‘Sunshine’ because it grows flowers that are supposed to open in the sunlight. The first picture was taken on the first day I got Sunshine and the other two pictures were taken a few days later. That’s right, I managed to kill Sunshine in two days. I am in the heat and desert (where cacti are supposed to thrive) and still couldn’t keep a cactus alive.

dare number 2 completed

Sunshine has seen better days

Sunshine after leaving her in the car to bake for a few days... whoooops.

Before going to Phoenix, my sister and I stopped in Flagstaff, AZ to spend a few nights with some friends up there. For one of our days there we went to this small, historic western town on Route 66 called Williams. I had never been before and also never experienced Route 66 (except in John Mayer’s cover of the song) so I thought it was very cool and a little bit odd. There were grown men everywhere dressed in cowboy outfits and then in the evenings they would put on skits and shoot each other with pretend bullets. One of these particular cowboys stopped us as we were all walking down the strip so we got our picture taken with him. He proceeded to ask me if anyone has ever told me that I look like Angelina Jolie. I burst out laughing because of the ridiculousness of the question, but then composed myself to politely accept the compliment. For lunch we went to this little 50s diner called Twisters where we had the cutest server. He was quite taken with our table because most of us are from Canada and came all smily and sweet to check on us every few minutes. So I flirted right back only later to find out that he was only 15 years old… making me, oh, only 12 years older than him. In my defense, he was very tall and looked at least 19.

Cowboy Lloyd. He's my new best friend.

this place makes the best milkshakes I have ever had

just gettin our kicks

On our way to Phoenix, Jodie and I stopped in Sedona for the day. If you ever have a chance to go, I recommend it. It’s a little city nestled in the valley of a beautiful canyon framed by towering walls of stunning red rock. We did as much as we could in Sedona in the 6 hours we had there including visiting Slide Rock – a natural water slide in the cleanest, prettiest river I have ever seen, shopping at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village – a beautiful Spanish-like arts centre and seeing the Chapel of the Holy Cross – a Catholic church built into a red mountain wall. One woman we ran into in one of the shops in the arts village told us that Sedona was special because the iron in the red rock enhances your assets. I’m not entirely sure what that meant but nothing got larger, I don’t think I got smarter and I certainly didn’t make more money while I was there. Nonetheless, it was a great day.

this is a view of Slide Rock River... it was so beautiful

I was hoping he might turn into my prince charming... sadly, he didn't

there was beautiful art painted on the walls throughout the village

an outside view

a side view with me and Jodes

an inside view

In Phoenix, I went to my first live MLB game. The Yankees were in town, which only happens every 6 years, and my friend and I were given second row tickets down the third base line. At one point, two consecutive foul balls were hit our way and A Rod and Jeter were both within feet of where we were sitting. Also, I couldn’t help but notice that A Rod adjusts himself after every other pitch and I wasn’t the only one who noticed. Even the Yankee fans were riding him about it. He must get bored or something and feel the need to do something with his other hand or maybe he needs a new cup. The guy makes millions of dollars a year, he could probably get one custom made. Just sayin. Anyways, we were sitting right behind 4 guys from Brooklyn who were on a road trip following the Yankees around California and Arizona. I have never actually met someone from Brooklyn, only seen movies with such people and honestly, people from Brooklyn are exactly like they show in the movies. Love it. It was so much fun and such a great game… the Yankees ended up winning by one in the 10th inning after coming back in the 9th. Here are a few pics.

such a nice stadium (mind you if is the only baseball stadium I have ever been in)

A Rod doing what he does best.

I was trying to capture the view from our seats... we were so close to the field we were practically on it.

And if you’re interested, I posted some more videos from various points of the trip on my youtube channel… just click the link in the right hand column. Okay, that’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading, have a great day! :)


8 Responses to “from the road – some stories in pictures”

  1. grant June 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Wow! Murder (cactus), cowboys, diners, preying on minors, water slides, kissing frogs, and A Rod… you’re living the American dream!

    • Jamie Born June 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

      just living the dream, Grant… just living the dream :)

  2. Dawn June 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    I hope you are taking extra notes and pictures to be included in your book. You go Jamie!

    • Jamie Born June 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks Dawn… you’re sweet :) And yes, I for sure have many more pictures and notes.

  3. grama June 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    …..apparently, according to ‘How to care for your Cactus’ they do sunburn just like people….. Sorry about your little plant!!

  4. Erin June 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    We miss you! Poor sunshine…two days isn’t so bad.
    Hope your having fun, love your updates:)

    • Jamie Born June 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

      Aw, thanks Erin. I miss you guys too!

  5. Jamie June 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Looks like you’re having fun James. Its always good to have someone to talk to as the movie Castaway showed us…well done on getting sunshine.

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