Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back in PA

After cruising more than 3000 miles on our veggie oil-powered bus, we have arrived safely back in Pennsylvania. Check out a few photos from the last leg of our journey- everything east of the Missouri.

We got back this weekend and after briefly catching up with some family and friends, we are back to work. Thank you to all our clients on the west coast for being patient while we moved. We are up to editing early September weddings, so look forward to hearing from us soon. And thank you to prospective clients on the west and east coast for being patient with our correspondences while moved. We've got a wedding this weekend and several engagement sessions on the horizon so look for our favorite images from those sessions in future entries. Also, Josh will be remodeling his parents' cabin in White Haven, PA where we hope to settle in next month. We'll try and get up some pics of that too.

















































































































Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We're not in Kansas anymore....

or Colorado either. Check out the enclosed pics from our travels in eastern Colorado and Kansas.



































































































































































































































Sunday, October 5, 2008

First Harvest

Finding veggie oil has proved tougher than we initially imagined. To recap, Josh, Ada and I (and Yoko the cat) are on our way across the country in our veggie oil powered, converted school bus. So far, so good. The bus is comfy and runs like a dream. But gathering veggie oil, or veg as we've come to call it, has proven more difficult than we expected.

In Eugene, the veggie oil conversion phenomenon has taken off and as a result, demand for waste veggie oil is high. We expected to have an easier go of it in other states but in Utah, we had no luck. It seems that many places are being paid by companies that collect the oil to use for a number of purposes (pet food was the most interesting we've encountered so far). But we found success in Wyoming in Green River and Laramie. We've only had success so far with mom-and-pop restaurants. We're working on our asking technique, so maybe different approaches work for different owners. Considerations such as time of day, adorableness of person asking, and prior interest in grease could all bear serious influence on the outcomes of our solicitations.

Check out the enclosed photos of the lonesome crowded west. Images from Utah and Wyoming are featured in this entry. Colorado is up next!









































































































Saturday, October 4, 2008

Leaving Eugene!

We are excited to announce that big changes are underway in our lives. After spending 3 years in Eugene, we are moving back to Pennsylvania. We are looking forward to getting back to our friends and family and making a life for ourselves in the Poconos. Our plan is to devote ourselves full time to our photography business and continue to shoot weddings in Oregon in the summer.

Where will we stay all summer in Oregon you ask? In our veggie oil-powered converted school bus! Josh has done a fabulous job converting a 1993 Blue Bird into a mobile home. We have yet to put the finishing touches on it and right now it is crammed with all of our worldly possessions, but it is pretty sweet! It has a range, sink, bathtub, refrigerator and heat. Check out the enclosed photos. There is one at the end of what the bus looked like before Josh fixed it up.

Here are some notes I took from the road. We'll try to check in along our travels and I'll try to get Josh to write too.

Thursday morning:
We thought we were going to stay until Sunday, but it appears that today is the day we are leaving Eugene. Saturday is the Cascadia Wildlands Project's Hoedown for Ancient Forests, a guaranteed good time. Staying until Sunday morning would have allowed us to go out with a bang, but right now we all feel we'd rather quietly take our leave today. The road is calling. Ada is ready. We're all ready to put some miles between us and Eugene.

On the road: Eastern Oregon
Cruising down 84 with Pendelton in mind. Ada and I sit in the back bed that has been transformed into a mobile play pen. There is a giant pillow propped up against one side of the bus in the bed-pen, so we lean on it and face the panoramic view of countryside rolling by. It is sunset now and the orange light behind us appears even more dramatic next to the dark rain clouds that fill the rest of the sky. For a moment earlier, an oil tanker rolled past and we caught sight of ourselves reflected in the chrome. The truck sped past and as it did, it revealed the stunning scenery of the mountains over the Columbia, the image reappearing as if curtains reopened before a stage.

Next up, Utah.