Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Socorro to Abq.....

These entries are going to be broken up - because it's been awhile since I've had some long-time computer access - therefore, it's a guarantee that these blogs are going to be pretty heavy.....

So first off, couchsurfing....

Before I left on this trip, my Momma told me about this site called "couch surfing.com" I thought it was pretty shady at first, sleeping at people's place that you don't know. Haha... but then I realized, that I do that all the time with photographers.....

So this site, couchsurfing, is basically, dedicated to very interesting people who love to travel... When traveling, they stay on couches all over the world (US, Kenya, Brazil, Spain, ect) When they are not traveling, they open their homes to other travelers... It's a karma thing....

Matt and I decided to give it a try. What the hell, right?.....Save some money, meet some people. Abq stayed with this amazing guy named Benny. We took a chance on him, he took a chance with us (Matt and I had no couchsurfing references to show that we're not people who raid your house and steal your pet poodles). What a great first experience.... Benny is a cross country biker, saving the world by peeing in his compost, eating lots of veggies, and being the nicest guy ever.... First night we got in, he paid for us to see a local ska show... It was great, Matt started dancing like a spaztic thing. Benny was letting Matt tango with him.... We got to listen to some great local music.... Without asking, he gave up his bedroom for us.

We even went to a rare couchsurfing get-together being held in Abq.... Benny, his girlfriend, Matthew and I all attended..... It was a gathering of about 12-14 people. Got to meet characters from all over the state and all their surfers who were staying with them.... It was quite the night, indeed. "Remember, Couchsurfing is a community - it's not a site." Heard that there's going to be a couch surfing party at BurningMan this year..... I want to go reaaaallllly bad.

While in ABQ a photographer named Kenneth took us in his little four-man plane across NM - He let me fly his plane for awhile, and we didn't crash or anything. Kenneth was a really good guide, both on the ground and in the air - we learned a lot about the area. Who knew that NM had the most lava flows in the US a few hundred years ago? We got to see giant lava from the air. And who knew that the Spanish chopped off the Pueblo Indian's ankles because the revolted? We didn't get to see that - kind of happy to miss that portion of history.













After flying, Kenneth and I went out shooting in this GIANT pine woods-place... took a bunch of photos. It was hard to keep Matt in one place, with all that beauty floating around. But I am happy to report that he didn't run into the forest screaming, "I'm in Heaven!! Heaven!!!" like he did in White Sands.... there are a lot more things to run into in a forest, might have found him in a coma or something. : )

What else, shot in a really cool abandoned building.... should have those photos up in a few days.... got some work done... drank a lot of lemonade green teas from Starbucks (if only starbucks had free wifi, right?)

1 comment:

Benny the Icepick said...

Ha! Glad you guys had fun out here. Best of luck on your journeys. And damn you Matthew for getting me hooked on Yogi tea!