18 Days & a Backpack


'The Cali Trip'


From July 8 through 26, 2019, my friends – Remi George, Joey Fields, and Jalen Greiser – and I traveled by bus from Cincinnati to Chicago, by train from Chicago to San Francisco, by bus and train from San Francisco to Yosemite, from Yosemite to the Redwood Forest, then by plane back home to Cincinnati.


The writings in this series are my own original writings taken directly from my journal I wrote in during this trip and have been sequenced with the photos to go in a chronological order.  


Maps are original and recolored to show parts we traveled. All color images are taken with my digital camera at the time, Sony A6000 with a Sigma 16mm 1.4 lens. All black and white images are taken with my Pentax P3 film camera and either Ilford HP5 or Kodak Tri-X. The black and white double exposures were taken with the first 24 exposures on the train or in San Fransisco then rerolled into the camera, then double exposed with 24 exposures of Yosemite NP and the Redwood Forest.

7.8.19 Union Station, Chicago Illinois

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7.8.19 Looking out the train window somewhere in Illinois

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7.8.19 Me, Remi, Joey, and Jalen playing cards on the train

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7.9.19 Lincoln, Nebraska morning

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7.9.19 Getting off the train during a 12 hour delay in Lincoln, Nebraska

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7.9.19 On the move again through eastern Nebraska

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7.9.19 Our new friend on the train, Enrique, as we sit outside the dining cart

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7.10.19 Granby, Colorado. A truck parked beside the train tracks, our first morning in the mountains of Colorado

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7.10.19 Granby, Colorado. Remi looking out at the mountains beyond the stopped train, another long delay in our route

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7.10.19 Somewhere in eastern Utah

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7.11.19 Morning in Nevada

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7.11.19 Two frames: One of Enrique at a train stop in Sacramento, double exposed with Joey around the trees in Yosemite. The second with Enrique at a train stop double exposed with my hand touching moss on a tree in Yosemite
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7.11.19 Jimmy Flowers inside Nico's Fleetwood store

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7.11.19 Nico, the owner of this store, Fleetwood, whom we met and proceeded to befriend walking down a sidewalk near our hostel in San Francisco

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7.12.19 Morning portrait of me in our San Francisco hostel taken by Joey Fields, double exposed with a silhouette portrait of Joey Fields in Yosemite taken by me

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7.12.19 VW van parked outside Golden Gate Park

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7.12.19 Underneath U.S. route 101 on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge

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7.12.19 A San Francisco hilltop street at dusk, double exposed with sunlight reflecting off Redwood Creek
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7.13.19 Early morning at Black Sands Beach

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7.13.19 Remi and Jalen walking on Black Sands Beach

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7.13.19 Pacific Ocean waves crashing on a black rock

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7.13.19 A basketball hoop in a San Francisco park, double exposed with a portrait of Jalen in the Redwood Forest

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7.13.19 A San Francisco laundry mat, double exposed with Remi in the Redwood Forest

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7.14.19 Group portrait in Merced, California before getting on the bus to Yosemite

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7.14.19 Our first night in Yosemite, walking through the valley to find a spot to camp

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Our original Yosemite map, recolored to show the trails and sections that traveled

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7.15.19 Remi walking through the grassy fields at Mirror Lake

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7.15.19 Jalen and Remi playing hackie sack after taking a swim at Mirror Lake

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7.15.19 Joey, Remi, and Jalen at the bottom of the Snow Creek trail, preparing to hike the 2 miles of switchbacks going up 2,000 feet

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7.15.19 Remi smiles about half way up the first hike

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7.15.19 Remi and Joey hiking up the Snow Creek trail with eastern Yosemite Valley in the back

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7.16.19 A work-horse on Indian Ridge trail on the second day of our backcountry hike

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7.16.19 Yosemite-hired workers on horses clear the trail as we spend the first couple hours of our second day hike nearly side-by-side

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7.16.19 Jalen cleaning the cooking pans in Lehamite Creek's running water

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7.16.19 Joey at Lehamite Creek

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7.16.19 Late night stars long-exposure with a flashlight shining on the mossy tree

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7.16.19 Our Lehamite Creek campsite under a sky of stars and the light of the full moon

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7.16.19 The full moon rising above the light of our fire glowing on the trees

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7.17.19 Leaving Lehamite Creek around noon, en route to Yosemite Falls

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7.17.19 Arriving at a peak

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7.17.19 Joey looking over the valley of Yosemite

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7.17.19 Remi lighting his pipe after dinner near our Yosemite Falls campsite

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7.17.19 Joey looking out at the trees at our Yosemite Falls campsite

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7.17.19 After sunset at our campsite near Yosemite Falls

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7.17.19 Joey thinking with the light of our fire

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7.18.19 Remi at Yosemite Falls

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7.18.19 Yosemite Falls with the valley and Half Dome in the background

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7.18.19 A Subalpine Paintbrush flower        ...(I think?)

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7.18.19 Yosemite Falls from the valley glowing under the light of the moon

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7.18.19 Remi and I walking through the fields outside our campsite in Yosemite Valley on our last night 

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7.18.19 The moonlight through a tree in the valley after falling asleep under the stars on our last night

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7.19.19 Joey walking to the rangers station to return our bear vaults

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7.19.19 Joey in the bus on the way to Merced, then to our hotel in Arcata before heading into the Redwood Forest

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Our original map that helped us navigate the RCT, Redwood Coast Transit System, recolored to show the parts of the map we used for our travels

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7.20.19 Praire Creek, Redwood NP

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7.20.19 A bench at Prairie Creek, double exposed with Remi walking in San Francisco

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Our original Redwood NP map, recolored to show the parts of the park we traveled

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7.21.19 Joey on the trail from inside a Redwood Tree

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7.21.19 Looking up at the sky from inside a Redwood Tree

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7.21.19 Walking along the trail beside the Redwood Trees

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7.21.19 Double exposures of a San Francisco building and Gold Bluffs Beach on the Pacific Coast outside the Redwood Forest

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7.21.19 Looking back at the Redwood Forest from our campsite at Gold Bluffs Beach, double exposed with a photo looking up the staircase in our San Francisco hostel

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7.21.19 Three frames of multiple exposures from throughout the trip. From left to right: mossy trees in Yosemite, empty picture frames from our San Francisco hostel, overlooking North Dome and Yosemite Valley, a San Francisco coffee shop near our hostel, and Gold Bluffs Beach

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7.22.19 Jalen double exposed with the Pacific Ocean at Gold Bluffs Beach

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7.22.19 Joey and Jalen 

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7.22.19 The setting sun at Gold Bluffs Beach

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7.22.19 Our campsite at Gold Bluffs Beach with stars above the forest

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7.23.19 Joey walking to Redwood Creek

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7.23.19 A group portrait at Redwood Creek

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7.24.19 Redwood Creek

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7.24.19 Remi walking in the creek

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7.24.19 Jalen by the fire

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7.24.19 Our campsite fire at Redwood Creek

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7.24.19 The Milky Way above our campsite at Redwood Creek. This time-lapse used the rest of the battery in my digital camera until getting to the airport

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7.25.19 Jalen in-between two Redwood trees as we leave Redwood Creek

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7.25.19 Walking out from Redwood Creek to the bus stop in the town of Orick

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7.25.19 Telephone lines and the moon in Orick, California

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7.26.19 Looking out the plane window, on the way back home to Cincinnati

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