So it is nearly 3am and we are in a motel in Garden City, KS as I type this. I looked back thinking I had updated the trip blog days ago. No, it was less than two. It has just been two crazy days. Yesterday we shot an abandoned theatre in Socorro, NM and then headed to Santa Fe to spend the night.
Today, we got rolling around 3pm but only had a 3.5hr drive to our next location in Center, CO. The last few days we have been on a serious battle with mother nature and today she almost beat us...almost. This cloud of doom was surrounding us as we approached the drive-in and just as we saw it, the rain started to hit with no sign of letting up. I couldn't pass up this drive-in, it was the most amazing one I have seen so far. Abandoned church buses and tons of old trailers filled the property. Plus, look at how amazing that sign is.
We sat in the car for at least an hour before we had a break, which really means it was still raining but it wasn't down pouring. I had about 10 mins to run around the property and hope that someone wasn't going to jump out at me from any of the abandoned structures. On a perfect day I would have had more time and pulled out my lights but the sky looks amazing and I am pretty excited about what I got. On a trip like this, you have to roll with the punches and adapt to the situation.
We had a big drive, 10 hrs, to our next location in Kansas. Since we finished up in Colorado a bit early, we planned to drive until midnight and grab a hotel at the first town in Kansas. Enter horror movie scene here. We tried calling ahead of time and no one answered. Trip advisor didn't even register the city. As we pulled in, we gave that place one look and if that didn't look like a murder hotel than I don't know what does. I'm pretty sure we would have had to wake up whoever owned it so that they could give us a room. If there was a huge house on top of a hill in back, I would have thought it was the inspiration for Hitchcock's Psycho. So, we hoped in the car and drove an extra hour.
What do you do after a really long day in the car when you finally get to a motel? Work, obviously. Noah Dye, my amazing assistant and driver is currently taking self portraits in the bathroom and I am editing photos and typing this post. An adventure indeed my friend, and adventure indeed. Good night, or to most of you, good morning!