San Francisco

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My friend Lesa has been Catering for an organization called Jew for Jesus since 2011. They fly her and 1 to 3 people several times a year when she is needed. I was lucky enough to be one of the people this last time. This was my second time to help. We cook ten meals and were there for a week. It’s funny to me that I’ve gotten involved with this because not only do I not cook, but I’m also as gentile as it comes. But Lesa is an incredible delegator  and it’s such an incredible origination to see at work. Here are some of my favorite photos from this whirlwind of a trip!

Painted Ladies

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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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Conservatory of Flowers

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Palace of Fine Arts

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The group  was with were all coffee people, so we did a TON of coffee! We even took a saturday and had a coffee crawl where we went all over the city.

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Wicked with Anna

My friend Anna mentioned to me not to long ago that she really wanted to go to New York and see wicked on broadway. Maybe a week before that I had ventured over to Dallas with Dad to buy clay and saw the huge poster on the side of Fair Park for Wicked. I mentioned we should go see it. Dad wasn’t to interested in seeing it again, so when Anna mentioned it I knew I had my way in! So we bought tickets and were on our way to the fair grounds for one of the best musicals of all time!

We started our Dallas day at Cafe Brazil in Deep Elm. It’s one of my favorite things in Dallas! The atmosphere and food is just so yummy! And Deep Elm is so hip, its always fun to venture through.PicMonkey Collage1 1.26.53 PM

The show wasn’t until 3:00, and us being art majors we had to spend some time at the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art).

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An exhibit they had up titled The Dorace M. Fichtenbaum Bequest was a super exciting find for me! Fichtenbaum was a huge supporter of the DMA and past away last year. The exhibit was her personal collect. I think she might be my spirt animal! She collected from all over the world, had a ton of degenerate art pieces, a David Bates, and a piece by an artist I’ve been dying to see, Num June Paik! He was the first artist to use TVs in his work, he started using them in the 1960s! I did a lot of research on him a few semesters ago and he has quickly become one of my favorite artists!

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After the DMA we headed over to Fair Park for the show. It was my second time to see Wicked. It was even better than I remember!

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NCECA in Kansas City, MO

In March I had the opportunity the attend NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Kansas City, MO. There was a group of six students from UT, and both of our ceramics professors that made the journey. It was a CRAZY week! So much incredible art, and talks and demos and museums. I’m honestly still processing!

It was really cool that the conference happened to be in KC because my brother and sister-in-law recently moved there. Dad came with me, so we had a nice little family reunion! It was so nice getting to see family and on their turf!

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Claes Oldenburg, Shuttlecock, 1994

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Donald Judd, Large Stack, 1968; El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007; Phillip Hass, Summer (After Arcimboldo), 2012

Dino-Might!

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Brett Kern

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Brett Kern, Brett Kern, Ryan Kelly

Student Showcase and Emerging Artists

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I didn’t write down the first artist name but it’s such a cool piece; Mario Munguia Jr. (who is one of m classmates!!); Kyungmin Park

Multiple Shows at Belger Crane Yard Studios

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Jamie Bates Stone, Transference, 2016; John Balistreri, Reef, 2014

The five photos below are all pieces by my ceramics professor, Merrie Wright. It’s such a crazy honor to be able to learn under this kind of talent!

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Measured Space

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Left and right were from the 50 women exhibit at the American Jazz Museum, the one in the middle was at a different gallery that I didn’t catch the name of.

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Linda Lighton & Mark Southerland; Misty Gamble; Tip Toland

Kemper Museum of Contemporay art

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1996; Frank Stella, The Prophet, 1990

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Mark Cooper, YuYu Boston Blue, 2013 (This was my favorite piece from the whole week!)

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Spring 2016

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This has been a whirlwind of a semester! It’s been possibly the hardest and most stressful, but also possibly the most rewarding semester I’ve ever had to. I learned so much and have grown a lot as an artist. I made the decision to take four studio classes while also taking Aesthetics, which wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I had several people tell me it was a stupid idea, but I’m hard headed and did it anyway. I had never taken a class that involved as much reading as Aesthetics, and it was hard reading. Kant and Heidegger were brutal! So between that and the amount of time you have to put into studio classes its safe to say I didn’t have a lot of free time. Here are some highlights from this crazy semester!

I’m going to a a larger post on NCECA later, but it was such a HUGE part of this semester, so I felt like I needed to put at least a few photo on here. I made some really important relationships on this trip and it really kindle the fire in me for ceramics!!

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Every spring semester UT Tyler does a juried student exhibition. I was lucky enough to get one of my weavings in the show! And it even made it on the poster! A year ago I came up to UT to be advised for my first semester here last fall. My department head, Merrie Wright, told me and the friend I came with that we should stop by the gallery and see the student show that was up at the time. So on our way out we stopped by the Meadows gallery to check it out. I remember being really intimidated by the level of work in the show and thinking I HAVE to be one of these people. It really meant a lot after all the work I’d put in that I got to be one of those people!

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Ceramics

I decided to take Advanced Ceramics again, which towards the end of last semester I didn’t think I was going to, but Im really glad I did. I got a crazing amount of work done! The main thing I worked on this semester was pieces for an installation I’ll be doing over the summer. My goal was to make 500 of them, I made close to 550! They are all about Healing in community. I don’t believe true healing happens without others. The black represents the pain and hurt we experience and the gold is the healing process.

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I also continued my wood cups and vessels. I had a little trouble at the beginning of the semester with some of them breaking in the kiln, but I got it figured out and got several done. I have nine more glazed and ready to be fired.

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I got inspired by a few sources to start experimenting with small pieces. I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate ceramics with weaving. These little pieces lead me to some larger ones that I’m waiting to get fired.

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I ordered this gorgeous rolling pin on etsy for ceramics. I didn’t get to use it as much as I wanted, but I did a little playing around with it.

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Collage

This was my first semester in Collage, and boy was it a challenge! It’s a super open class, so you can really bring in any kind of medium you want, 2D or 3D. I had really been missing weaving, and after weaving at a Live Nativity over Christmas break, I decided I would bring it back into my academic life.

It took me a long time to really figure out how I was going to address the medium, but I finally figured it out and I’m really happy with the direction I’m going and am excited to see where it goes from here.

“Time and Patterns #1”, “Time and Patterns #2”

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“Time and Patterns #3″, Time and Patterns #4”

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“Time and Patterns #5”, “Time and Patterns #6”

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“The Last Seven Years or So”

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“Here or There?”, “Trying to Get a Handle on It”

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Life Drawing

I took two semesters of life drawing at TJC and learned so much! I found out I could use life drawing as my advanced drawing credit, so I jumped it! Once again I learned a ton!!!

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Aquamedia

I’ve really been missing painting in my life, I was going to take advanced painting, but it was at the same time as advanced ceramics, so lucky for me an aquamedia class was offered this semester.

“Urban Shapes #1”

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“Urban Shapes #2”

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“1994”

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“1991”

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“2011”

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“2014”

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“2012”

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“1997”

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“1998 & 1999”

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“182881”

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“Can We Go Back?”, “Can We Go Back?”

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These were all smaller studies.

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The last day of class we had a demo on Watercolor Monoprinting, here are the two I made.

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Boston

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Two of my favorite people recently moved to Boston, Massachusetts. I’d been missing them dearly so I decided that seeing them over spring break had to happen! I sold a guitar and few other things and then watched and waited for the ticket prices to go down. A few weeks later I was on a plane headed their way!

One of my favorite things is when people share their city with me! It’s the best way to experience a place: with locals! Alex and Katie haven’t even been their for a year yet, but they definitely feel like locals already, they know their city so well which made my first trip to Boston so perfect!

Boston’s Keytar Bear, Bates Hall at the Boston Public Library

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Foggy downtown Boston, Cheers Bar, yarn bombed tree in front of Trinity Church

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Alex took me to the Boston Museum of Fine Art the second day. I’m always excited when art is involved and the MFA has some really great pieces!

Sam Gilliam, Balance, 1970; El Anatsui, Black River, 2009

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John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, 1768; Nishida Jun, Zetsu No. 8, 2003; Sheila Hicks, Bamian (Banyan), 1968

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New Hampshire & Maine

I mentioned to Katie that I wouldn’t mind checking some new states off my list while I was there since everything up northeast is so small, you can be in the next state in less than an hour. The only state in the north east I’d been to before this trip was New York, so Katie took me up to Maine! First we pasted through New Hampshire and stop at Hampton Beach. It was a rainy day, which is my favorite at the beach! It was so beautiful! I of course got my feet in the water, which was freezing, and we climbed up on some rocks where we found some small clams and just sat and enjoyed the waves. Once we got into Maine we drove to cape Elizabeth and checked out Portland Head lighthouse. It was absolutely breathtaking! From there we ran over to Portland, ME, which means I’ve been to Portland on the east and west coast. On the outskirts of town in a little neighborhood is a little stream that randomly turns into a waterfall! It was gorgeous! We also drove to Sebago Lake, which was still frozen! I’d never seen a frozen lake before, so that was really cool! We also found a covered bridge! It was so Maine-esic!

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Harvard

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Walden Pond

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Cemetery; Paul Revere Statue; Henry David Thoreau’s headstone in Sleepy Hollow

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Ceramic piece by artist Cheryl Ann Thomas; My Aunt Karen lives in the Albany so we meet in Concord for Lunch; Boston Graffiti

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Boston is absolutely Cover with old, beautiful Churches! I ended up attending Catholic mass for the first time in my life! It was a beautiful experience. The picture on the left is Gate of Heaven Church, the church I attended mass at. The one on the right is trinity church, which was founded in 1733!! (The building was build in the 1800’s though)

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Church of Christ Science headquarters; Christian Science headquarters pipe organ with 13,000 pipes; Old North Church, floor of King’s Chapel

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Los Angles over Winter Break

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The Los Angeles area is one of my favorite places! Luckily for me one of my best friends lives there, which is probably why I love it so much. Because of this fact I’ve been able to visit this beautiful city six times in the past five years. This was a fairly quick trip, but we did a ton of stuff. Here are some of my favorite moments from the trip.

Hindu Temple

About three months ago I saw a photo on instagram of what looked like an ancient temple. It turned out it wasn’t an ancient temple and it was in Chino Hills, which was like fifteen minutes from where Jordan lives. So we had to go! BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Cultural Center was such an incredible experience. The building and the people were just beautiful!

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LA Arts District

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We stopped by Art Share which is a community of artists in the art distract that has studios, teaches classes and has a gallery. We showed up about an hour before the gallery was open, not knowing so we buzzed the door and a wonderful man named Terry let us in and gave us a tour of the complex! It was so nice of him and it was super cool getting to learn how the arts distract became what it is.

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Ooga Booga Bookstore

Ooga Booga is a weird little bookstore in the middle of a weird area of LA. We almost couldn’t find it. I found out about a exhibit they were having of Artist Susan Cianciolo who does these unusual quilts and boxes full of things that are important to her. I’m obsessed with fiber arts right now so it was a perfect opportunity for me.

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LACMA

Los Angeles Museum of Art

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Improv @ UCB

Jordan, being who she is, took me to an improv show, which was the best!!!! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time (and I laugh a lot)! The Improv troop we saw is called Bangarang.

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Midterm Fall 2015

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This semester is my first over at UT Tyler. I’m really enjoying the department and I am already learning a ton! It’s a little bit of an adjustment and it’s strange having to start over with my reputation, but its good for me. I’m only taking 12 hours this semester, Composition & Design, Degenerate Art, Beginning Sculpture and Advanced Ceramics. This semester is very much out of my comfort zone. I am definitely a 2D thinker so my brian is having to learn to function in more of a  3D way. It’s been challenging, but it’s definitely helping me grow!

Composition and Design

Comp and design takes the elements that you learn in 2D and 3D design and incorporates technology. It’s not the best name for the class, in fact I didn’t know what is actually was until after the first meeting, but I’m loving it! It might be my favorite class. We’ve been learning the ins and outs of Photoshop and for our first assignment we had to build a digital quilt using the program. The below photo on the left is my digital quilt. I went for a less traditional approach and am really happy with how it turned out, and it was done with only three photos. The photo on the right is the start of my second project. I’ll talk more about it when I get a little more done.

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The next pictures are just my practicing layering in Photoshop. I’m having way to much fun!

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Everyone in the class had to do a research presentation on a famous Digital Artist. I chose Korean artist Num June Paik. He was an avant-garde performance artist and sculptor who used music and any kind technology he could get his hands ons! I’m a huge fan, and can definitely see myself being influenced by his work in the years to come.

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Degenerate Art

My art history for the semester is a really interesting class! Degenerate art focuses around a anti modern art propaganda exhibition the Nazis put on in 1937. There was so much about the Nazi party I didn’t know and a lot about the ideas of the time I didn’t know. It’s crazy that there was an actual job title called a racial hygienist! Also as much as I loved modern are before I love it even more! Dadaism has stolen my heart!

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Beginning Sculpture

The only beginning level studio I didn’t take at TJC was beginning sculpture, so I’m getting it out of the way this semester. It’s been really interesting so far, definetly out of my comfort zone, but I’m learning a lot!

My first assignment had to involve wood, so I’ve been working on a frame that will have wire running from the top to bottom and then I’ll be weaving through the wire. This frame has been super challenging because of the crazy angles I pick. I had it almost finish with the frame and I was carrying it and dropped it and it broke into several pieces, so I’m having to reattach a lot of it. Long story shot this piece has been a struggle! And it has a long way to go……

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The two photos are sand resin (I think thats what its called) molds to cast Aluminum in. The one on the left has been cast, I’m still waiting on the one on the right.

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The photo below on the left are slides from my mom’s childhood. I’ve been playing around trying to figure something out with them, we will see where it goes. On the left is a box of piano keys I found out at the highway 80 sale for $1!!! How crazy is that?! I’ll be trying to start something with them next week.

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Advanced Ceramics

 I’ve spent the first part of the semester in ceramics trying to find what direction I want to go in, I’m still figuring that out but I’m getting closer!

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The main thing I wanted to achieve for this semester was the wheel. Last semester I only got on the wheel about three times and I found it very frustrating. It’s something I really want to be able to do, so right now my professor has me in cylinder bootcamp. After weeks of failure I’m finally starting to get it! I still have a ways to go but I’m definitely getting closer.

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These two both have blue slip on them, so after they are fired they will be blue. I was just playing around testing out stuff.

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I had to do a research presentation of a ceramic process. I chose photo transfer. The process didn’t really work for me, maybe it was the ink? I don’t know.

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Texas to SoCal

I finished my awesome wanderlust summer with a drive from Texas to the LA area. At the beginning of the summer I did a road trip from SoCal to Texas with my friend Jordan so she could have her car for the summer and I got to drive with her back. I flew out of Anchorage at 11:30 pm and landed in DFW around 12:30 the next day, I got about 30 minutes of sleep, didn’t get to eat anything the whole time and experenced three different time zone. My  body was not happy, to say the least and I definitely threw up once, and was strangely starving at the same time. It was a strange experience! When it comes to long hard travel you just have to keep pushing on it’s worth it! I ran outside of the airport and Jordan picked me up, starting our Adventure west!

Texas

 As I said, I hadn’t eaten breakfast and was so hungry. Chicken express is one of Jordan and my favorite bad for you fast food restaurants. There are only a few states that have it, California is sadly not one of them, so Jordan got her last batch of corn nuggets and I enjoyed having a Texas thing!

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This trip was a lot of firsts for me. The first first was Cadillac Ranch! I’ve been wanting to go and spray paint those cars since middle school! I’ve driven by it may time in my life, but it just never happened. I finally got to check that off my bucket list! As we were walking up a man holding about 15 parrots was leaving, we were a little sad we missed whatever he was doing out there!

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Santa Fe

We pushed hard the first day so we would have more time to enjoy the rest of the trip. We made it all the way from Dallas, Tx to Santa Fe, MN! It’s a Nine and a half hour drive which ended up being over ten because our hotel was on the Indian reservation on the other side of Santa Fe. It was totally worth it though, because we got to spend a good amount of time in santa Fe the next day. Both Jordan and I could totally see ourselves living in Santa Fe! It is so hip it hurts!!!

Our first stop of the day was at Holy Spirit Espresso, a tiny coffee shop downtown that is super popular and for good reason! the coffee is amazing and the storage closet size space it is in is crammed full with post cards, pictures of the Beatles, maps and just all kinds of cool junk.

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At Holy Spirit Espresso we had a adorable local suggest an incredible French restaurant for breakfast, he said it was the best food in town and I believe him! So good!! On the walk back we came across a record/coffee/book shop, three of my favorite things in one!!!!!

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On the square a lot of locals set up shop and sell jewelry. I only had ten dollars cash on me, which was probably a good thing, I could have spent A LOT of money there! I ended up buying an ear cuff. We found a spot on the square to sit and just relaxed for a while and we listened to a girl panhandle with a violin!

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After we walked around downtown shops we went looking for the famous chapel with the staircase. Jordan had been once before but didn’t quite remember where it was. We found a Catholic church right off the square that we thought could be it, but it ended up not being. It was so beautiful on the inside though, I’m glad we stopped in!!

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It didn’t take long to find the Loretto Chapel. It is a breathtaking space! And the story is just out of this world! Around 135 years ago the Nuns of the chapel/girls home needed a way into the choir loft. During this time most chapels weren’t built with staircases, they usually just a had a ladder. The Nuns prayed that God would proved them a way to the chior loft. Not to long after a man showed up, and using only a hammer, saw, square, and hot water to bend the wood built this masterpiece that engineers still marvel at. He finished without telling his name and with no payment! I’m calling it an Angel!

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Around lunch time we had to hit the road again. Next stop Flagstaff AZ! Jordan being the wonderful friend she is let me stop at an Indian souvenir store! They were my favorite as a kid! We did a lot of road trips out to New Mexico and Oregon when I was growing up and stopping at these places was almost like a tradition. I mean, is it really driving through New Mexico without begging for a dream catcher? I ended up finding a Baja shirt for under twenty dollars!! I’ve been wanting one for years, so that was score!! When we crossed the border we found gas at a state park that had super old pumps!! So that was fun.

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The Grand Canyon

We made it to Flagstaff pretty late, woke up early, had breakfast at a adorable train themed café attached to the motel and then we headed out towards the Grand Canyon! I thought up through high school that I had been to the Grand Canyon, but it turns out it was just a little canyon in Texas. That was a sad realization! But that’s ok because I finally made it to the real Grand Canyon! Pictures just cannot do this monument justice!!!! Its just ridiculously vast!!! I could have stayed there for weeks!!! Sadly we only had time for a few hours, and then we had to hit the road!

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We made it to Rancho and ended our day with dinner with her wonderful Dad! It was a perfect way to end the day!!

California

The next day we slept in, which was so marvelous, we relaxed and Jordan took care of school stuff. In the evening we drove over to her school and met up with two of her friends. We all headed over to Anaheim and did dinner at the Anaheim Packing House. I had Poutine for the first time. Its french fries with gravy and cheese curds! Where has this been all my life!?!? Sooooooo crazy good!!!

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I had a sort list of things I wanted to see while I was there, of course all three things where pretty spread out but Jordan’s literally the best person in the world and took me to all three!!! She’s my favorite!!!!! We started my last day in the Golden State off right at Crepes De Paris! We have eaten there every time I’ve been out to Cali with her, so I associate it with Jordan, which means I love it!!!

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Southern California has my favorite coffee shop, The Gypsy Den. It’s perfect! There are no other words for it. They have three locations, we hit up the one in Anaheim, which was cool because I hadn’t been to that one yet. I got a london fog, Jordan got a latte and we chilled and read. I love chilling and I love having people in my life that are on that same page!!!!

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The next stop was all the way down in Watts! The Watts Towers have been high up on my list for a few years now. It was such an awesome moment driving up and seeing them for the first time!! They are huge! Even better than I thought!!

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Our last stop was Pasadena. One of my favorites musical groups of all, Gungor, did a concert at Maranatha High School. They blew our socks away! They are incredible live, and their hearts are just so beautiful!! It was the perfect way to end the trip!

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I had a early flight out, so I said my goodbyes to Jordan, working hard not to cry and embarked on my last flights of the summer! After almost a month of running from state to state i was finally home!!PicMonkey Collage8