Cacti!

Oh man am I excited about cacti. And rocks. And these amazing views…
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The West is full of surprises. Yesterday we visited Paradise. Literally. Paradise, AZ.
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And we’ve learned to expect, if nothing else, that any natural area designated as a National Monument is going to be friggin’ amazing.
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Photos do none of this justice…
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I know, I know. It’s been too long since an update. So I wanted to get a little something up. Adam and I reconvened in Athens and had an awesome hitchhiking experience back to Austin. We got 23 rides and made it in two days!
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The world is amazing. The dark and scary parts are so outshined by the brightness of people (and the brightness of this 105-degree Southwestern sun).
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And I’ve now been to Mexico! Twice! In two different Mexican states! And we swam in their reservoir!
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So I’ll be writing a bunch more (for the blog) soon. I’ve got a bunch of journal stuff too. Not sure if I’ll pull from that or not. But expect new and more frequent updates on here. From Adam too. Maybe I’ll elaborate on cellists, cyclists, and a delightful green muse in El Paso.
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Certainly there will be more about Mexico, and the razor-wire-laiden border that’s patrolled – or rather, trolled – by our fascist forces in giant, super-polluting SUVs. Oh yeah, and all that stuff in Austin, and the Mississippi delta. Like attempted bird rescues, and disc golf, and Calvin in Paris, and this lady:
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…or this lady:
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Okay. Not actually, that lady. But drunk people in Austin did love my neck “tattoo” – something I proudly sported for an extra day after Matt gave it to me so I could play the bit-role of Online Boyfriend in his movie.
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And probably more stuff about people and places that wow us. Of which there are aplenty. Like Marathon, TX. And Marfa, TX. And “Plaidam” and his Fort Davis vineyard.
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Plus there’s all that stuff going on in Athens. And that damn proposed public curfew law. And our related thoughts on the hows and whats and whys and thingamajigs relating to local political activism.
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And I’m definitely, at the least, planning a multi-part series on hitchhiking. Because it’s awesome. And I think a phenomenal way to better our culture in a hurry is to make hitchhiking normal. Certainly, at least, some clarification is required on the reality vs. people’s general (mis)conceptions.
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For now, I’m off to make more, better, more-better photos of cacti. And then, the mighty Pacific beckons!
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xo,
Jesse
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from Cafe Passe, Tucson, AZ

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