The Wayfaring Way

Life on the road. Search for a new home. Living for today.

Sorry for the lack of posts as of lately. Me and Hattie have been taking a break from the road the last couple of months. I’ll be updating and making some changes to the blog soon. Also, new adventures will be starting back up in April. 

The next couple of weeks we spent bouncing off of Jeremy and Michelle throughout the Mid-West. I don’t think we could have chosen better tour guides throughout the Mid-Western leg of our tour. Michelle was born in Madison and Jeremy spent 10 years there going to school. On our way to Madison we stopped off in Wall, SD to check out Wall Drug. If you’ve spent any time driving though South Dakota on Hwy 90 you have surely seen one of the literally 100’s of billboards they have littered along the highway. In a nutshell, Wall Drug is 50,000 square of corny giftshops, taxidermy, and cowboy boots, and tacky turquoise jewelry. Complete with an old fashion soda fountain and charming soda jerk. We tried to book a hotel room in Madison but didn’t realize that not only the World Dairy Expo was going on but also that the president was speaking at UW. So we settled for a cheap room in Wisconsin Dells which has proclaimed itself as “Waterpark Capital of the World”. The next few days were spent roaming Madison taking photos, sitting in Obama traffic, and kicking off the 3 day liver crippling celebration that was Jeremy’s 39th birthday. 

From the road

-Clouse and Hattie

While we were in Austin last our good friends Jeremy and Michelle Ward invited us up to their family caban in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since me and Hattie started traveling 3 1/2 months ago we’ve become fond of camping and like to do so any chance we get. So, we didn’t miss out on the chance to hit the Black Hills on the we to the Mid-West. We decided to stop and camp in Colorado Springs on the way up to South Dakota. Originally, we planned to drive up pikes peak but we were turned off by the $24 dollar price tag. So we settled for a nice camp ground at the base of the mountain with plenty of rain, 34 degree temps, and regular bear activity. The next 3 days we spent wandering around the black hills taking photos during the day and and drinking cheap beer at the Ward family cabin at night. There were plenty of buffalo and other wild life freely roaming the black hills. Unfortunately, I lacked a proper zoom to get close enough to the buffalo to get a decent shot. We decided that we might try to make it a yearly event. Hopefully next year i’ll be better prepared. 

From the road

-Clouse and Hattie    

I have to say, after being on the road for 3 months it was really nice to come back to Texas for a few weeks to see my close friends and family. We had not planned on going back so soon but had to for Hattie’s sister’s wedding. On our way through Memphis I made sure to stop by the Stax Museum. I’ve been a fan of Southern Soul for some time and it was not one I could pass up. Unfortunately, we are living on a traveling budget and I didn’t really have the spare funds to go in. I saw the building that was once the Stax recoding studio and that was enough for me. Maybe next time. When we got back to Austin we were greeted by friends, 104 degree weather, and waaaay too much booze. I also got to spend some quality time with a friend of mine’s maine coon, Rambo (pictured modeling my friend’s son’s baby clothes) After Austin we spent a couple of days in our hometown for the wedding and got the hell out of there. On our long twelve our drive out of the state we stopped in Amarillo at The Big Texas Motel and Steak Ranch. I can’t get enough cheesy roadside stuff like this. I used to stay here with my mother once a summer back in the late 80’s and early 90s. Back then rooms were about $12 dollars a night. These days one goes for about $75. Otherwise, we would have definitely stayed there.   

-From the road

Clouse and Hattie

There isn’t much I can say that would even begin to do this place justice. Its a giant fun house that is built almost entirely out of repurposed industrial and architectural materials. Everything is made to be climbed on, crawled through, and slid down. There is also a ten story spiral slide, an aquarium, a nice taxidermy and insect collection, an architectural museum, a shoelace factory, and countless other collections of weird shit. OH, and a tiny train thats ran by a tiny man in a tiny conductors outfit! I haven’t stopped talking about the place since we left weeks ago. I can honestly say that i’ve seen or experienced anything like it in my entire life. We found out about City Museum the last day we we’re in St. Louis and only got to spend a few hours there. If I ever get the opportunity to go back there i’d set aside two whole days to devote to the place. Also, on the weekend they stay open until 12am and have a full bar. I highly suggest a trip to St. Louis for this place alone.

-From the road

Clouse and Hattie 

On our way to St. Louis we stopped off and stayed a couple of days in Denver and one night in Kansas City. Most of our time in Colorado we spent resting up and relaxing. We did get a chance to explore a little bit but not as much as we would’ve liked to. Next time I’m there i’m going to make it a point to go to Rocky Mountain National Park and spend less time in the city. When we left Denver we made the brutally boring 10 hour drive through Kansas. About 6 hours in I spotted a random as shit billboard of Jesus in a wheat field and made Hattie pull over so I could get a shot of it. I gotta say, Kansas is a weird fucking state. I did get a chance to try some of the famous Kansas City “Burnt Ends” from Arthur Bryant’s BBQ. They were good. But having lived near the BBQ mecca that is Central Texas for the last 10 years, I wasn’t too impressed. We spent the next few days wondering around St. Louis. To our surprise, the zoo and most of the museums there are all free. On our last day there we discovered City Museum. I was going to try to cram it into this post but decided that it deserves an entire post all to itself.   

-From the Road

Clouse and Hattie.

Anonymous said: Why are you guys traveling? What are you looking for?

We are traveling because…why not? We are looking for a new home really. A new place to live and traveling because we want to see amazing places and meet new people and just live life and enjoy our surroundings for a bit. 

Our original plan was to camp in Yellowstone for the night but by the time we got there camp sites were completely filled up and Hattie had a short notice shoot in SLC. Next time we go to Yellowstone we know to plan on spending at least a week there and and going sometime outside of peak season. We probably spent most our our time there looking for parking and trying to maneuver around senior citizens in hover rounds. I also know not to ever wait an hour and a half to see old faithful. The 90 second climax was simply disappointing. All bitching aside, it was a beautiful park and i’d love to spend some time there next fall. 

-From the road

Clouse & Hattie.

I have to be honest, I was completely surprised by Utah. I had no idea it was such a beautiful state. Like Yellowstone in the Summer season Arches National Park is also crowded as shit. It’s defiantly another place that I plan to visit again next fall. The park made putting up with the baby boomer and senior citizen tourist crowd worth it though. The first evening we were there we made the 3 mile 500 ft elevation gain hike to delicate arch and got there about an hour before sundown. It took just about that long for the crowds to clear out. The next morning we got up at dawn and spent the first half of the day hiking and taking plenty of cheesy tourist shots of ourselves. 

-From the road

Clouse & Hattie

I have to say that when I found out that we we’re going to spend almost a month in the Pacific Northwest I was really excited for rainy overcast weather. Unfortunately, we we’re followed by a heat wave from LA to Vancouver. Me and Hattie are both Gingers and jump on any opportunity we get to get the hell out of the sun. However, dreary weather or not the pacific northwest is fucking beautiful. We spent the first half of our two week stay roaming around eating and sightseeing with our host Erfon Elijah. Dude has a serious nose for good food and took us to/directing to some amazing places in Seattle. Most notable was the pork shoulder cuban sandwich from Paseo and perogies from Piroshky, Piroshky. The next week we spent a night or two in Vancouver and then rested up for a few days for our long decent downwards. 

-From the Road

Clouse and Hattie