Eli Duncan (@elijduncan) — Recovering Fortnite addict - Brendan Fraser enthusiast - Jason Segel lookalike - #AmericanCure - R
Location: Las Vegas - Calico Basin • Date: 02/18/19 • Hiking is therapeutic. There’s just no way around it. • You are climbing through nature’s best features to be on top of the world. To overlook everyone. • Calico isn’t the tallest, longest, or even the most fun. But it’s worth doing. • 📸: @rhiannonbelanger
Las Vegas Journal 11: It was a cold and rainy Valentine’s Day. All day. • This is unorthodox for Vegas. But I love it. The fog coverage, the mountains completely grayed out by the rain filled clouds, the few spots of blue peeking from behind. • I’ve never seen Vegas this beautiful. Rock on mother nature.
Las Vegas Journal 10: Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. • If there is one man to look up to in the world of nature, it is John Muir. He is largely the reason I get to hike in some of the most scenic areas on this side of the world. • I went on the Goldstrike trail and came out of it taller than the mountains. Nature has this effect on me and I get stuck in my own head. • That isn’t a bad thing. I get my best ideas while in nature. This time was no different.
San Francisco Journal 9: There is no doubt in my mind that I live in the greatest country on Earth. I think it’s why people want to seek citizenship from all over the world. We have the most opportunity of any country. • While that message of taking your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free is losing its hold, seeing the Golden Gate reminds me that it is still alive and well. • The East Coast has the Statue of Liberty as the first thing immigrants see, the West Coast has this feat of American architectural design. • So give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... we will make successes out of them.
San Francisco Journal 8: There isn’t much better than art. San Francisco showcases the best art on this coast. • Haight-Ashbury is the birthplace of my favorite era. It is the birthplace of the 60s hippie era. • This area is home to so many amazing shops and people and art. Also home to the Grateful Dead House. If you ever find yourself in San Francisco, do yourself a favor and experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Haight-Ashbury
San Francisco Journal 7: San Francisco is an artist heaven, as long as you don’t look at cost of living. • Despite that, you can see all forms of art across the city. This guy decided to post up in his van with his piano and played original compositions. • Despite the rain and despite that lack of people watching, he played on. And I listened. The thing about art is that no matter where you play or where you present it, people will watch, listen, or admire what you put out if you have something to say. • He had something to say.
San Francisco Journal 6: “Walk in someone else’s shoes it at least eat their food.” • Anthony Bourdain is one of my many inspirations for why I want to travel. San Francisco highlights everything that Anthony Bourdain loves about this world. It highlights everything that I love. • Street Taco provided a shelter from the pouring rain and provided some amazing food that I won’t be able to get somewhere else. • It was cold and I was hungry. The carnitas street burrito was just what I needed when the rain came down. • Eat local. Whenever possible. You will see so much more and learn so much more than you will at some chain. And if possible, eat at Street Taco
San Francisco Journal 5: There’s a homeless problem in San Francisco. Even just half a day in the city illustrates that. • It was hard to pass by all the people laying on the floor dressed in broken and torn clothes while it was pouring rain. Some of them had dogs with them. • San Francisco represents what America could be: A shining city full of proud people that enjoy art, culture, and amazing food. But San Francisco also represents what America is: An opportunity that may fall through. • We are very lucky to live in this country and follow our American Dream, but seeing all the homeless in San Francisco... it was humbling. Knowing that soon that could be any of us. And it was hopeful knowing that these people can and will pull themselves out of this if they so choose.
San Francisco Journal 4: San Francisco has a proud military history dating back to World War 2 • Many men and women worked in shipyards building up America’s naval power. Today, we get to see just a few remnants of those years. • Seeing the massive vessels still in tact and floating after 70 years very little rust is a testament as to why we need to preserve our history, and a testament to American made items.
San Francisco Journal 3: Alcatraz has been a lot of things throughout the years. Military base, insane asylum, and inescapable prison. • The one thing that has stayed constant was the eerie feeling it gave off when you even looked at it. • So many people have walked through those doors and not all of them walked out. Now, tourists by the thousands enter the prison daily and the majority of them don’t think about the prisoners who never got released. • Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz, seems to still pay a visit to his former home in the manifestation of a a seagull
San Francisco Journal 2: Being on a bus for almost 12 hours is demotivating. My legs and back hurt from sitting the entire time and we were all tired. Ready to call it quits before we could really begin. • But, before we could we needed food that wasn’t from a gas station. The only place was a Safeway and a local coffee shop. • We went in and the staff welcomed us with open arms. We all felt excited for our trip again and we went on our way after enjoying some of the best food i’ve had from a coffee shop. • My advice, always go to a local shop whenever possible. National or international chains really don’t care about you. Local shops will listen to what you have to say and enjoy serving you. Creamery will forever have my business when traveling to San Francisco
San Francisco Journal 1: After reading the stories by the likes of Kerouac and Steinbeck, I could never wrap my head around why they would leave a home in New York or wherever to work in the fields of Northern California. Where they know no one and know where nothing is. • I got the chance to sit on a bus and drive through those fields and now I understand why they would choose to do so. • Imagine waking up after a long days work the day before and seeing this in front of you. The sun gently shining just over the peaks of the hills and mountains and shimmering on the lake. That was Kerouac’s and Steinbeck’s office. They chose that life because it made them happy and got them one of the greatest views of all time. • Seeing the landscape with my own eyes gives those stories more meaning and sense of scale. The fields were huge and would have had a huge amount of manpower working to harvest it. Before seeing it, the stories were just that: stories. But now they are personal and real.