America 2015 - Part 1

In the summer of 2015 I took a road trip across the United States with my dad.  We spent 11 days on the road, traveling east to west from Baltimore to Yosemite and many places in between.  I experienced a lot of new places, saw a beautiful cross section of the country, and I got to spend some time with my dad which was something I'd been wanting to do.   The last time I drove across country with him was in 1995.  It was nice to be back on the road again...

 Rocky Mountain National Park in 1995...with Mom and Dad.

Rocky Mountain National Park in 1995...with Mom and Dad.

 Dad and I before we left Baltimore, MD, in 2015.

Dad and I before we left Baltimore, MD, in 2015.

We had a rough outline of where we wanted to go, and the goal was to see new things and take pictures.  We both had a few cameras each.  I shot mainly on film, I think I ended up shooting about 45 rolls of film by the end of the trip.  I'm really happy with how they came out, though it's taken about six months to scan and edit all of them.

THE TRIP

We started out going southwest from Baltimore, MD to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. 

 Portrait of Dad driving...

Portrait of Dad driving...

On the way we came across a decaying town named Cairo, IL.  About 90% of the town was abandoned or boarded up...

We arrived in Kentucky and took the walking tour through Mammoth Cave.  A beautiful place with a ton of passageways and guided tours, it was a great first stop.

 Inside Mammoth Cave, in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY.

Inside Mammoth Cave, in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY.

 Walking through the park...

Walking through the park...

We left Kentucky and drove to Springfield, MO, linking up with Old Route 66, to start our next leg of the journey.  We stayed in the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven Motel, themed with classic cars and vintage signs.

A rainy night at the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven Motel.

 A chair sits outside the vending machine at the motel.

A chair sits outside the vending machine at the motel.

 The classic cars stationed out front of the motel.

The classic cars stationed out front of the motel.

 Our journey down Route 66 started here...

Our journey down Route 66 started here...

We spent the next day traveling down Route 66, through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and into Texas.