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The Worlds Largest Cowboy Boots

These boots weren’t made for walking, and thats just what they won’t do.

Texans take their boots pretty seriously. You got your Tony Lamas, your Luccheses and of course your Justins; no matter what brand, they are a big deal. But one pair of boots are a bigger deal than all the rest. They are the Giant Justins, a pair of 40 foot tall ostrich-skin Justin boots at the North Star Mall in San Antonio.

Updates

  • Afar Magazine interviewed us about our trip in the Jul/Aug issue. Check it out on the newsstands or see it here!
  • it feels weird to be putting our house (ok, fine, our rv.) in storage today. also weird? showering without flip flops. and dishwashers!
  • totally forgot how good sonoma county smells on a hot day. oak trees, grass, and blackberry bushes. if you live here, you know what i mean.
  • Just filled the tanks on the RV with gas for the last time on this trip. 1712 gallons of gas in 9 months.
  • Back in California for the first time since January. And hwy 199 is one of the best driving roads of the whole trip. Good to be home.
  • sitting in the coach with the heater on. summer on the coast.
  • I've always lived within a half hour from the ocean, but today was the first time I've seen a whale in oh, at least 20 years!
  • we just passed our 8th car! that was built in 1915.
  • We missed our chance to drive through a town called Idiotville in Oregon today.
  • Went to Cape Flattery today, the northwestern-most point of Washington and saw a bunch of puffins.
  • going into town (forks) later to take pictures of all the hilarious twilight related stuff. they basically rebranded the whole area!
  • camping next to the pacific ocean, which we haven't seen since the first week of january. it's foggy, of course.
  • Saw our 8th SR-71 today at the awesome Museum of Flight in Seattle. We are now more than a 3rd of the way to seeing all of the remaining 20.
  • in olympia for a night, then off to olympic national park for 4 more. I predict it'll be rainy!
  • the Seattle food scene beat Portland in sunset mag, but will it be able to top the last 3 days? seems doubtful, but we'll give it a try!
  • Portland has amazing food! today we had food truck BBQ chicken, a strawberry/ blackberry galette from ken's and deep fried kimchi at biwa.
  • Having millions of Cajun tots and beers at the Kennedy School in Portland.
  • Had the charcoal grilled boar at Pok Pok in Portland tonight. Highly recommended.
  • The timberline lodge on Mt Hood (the exterior from the Shining) might have the most amazing interior of any lodge I have been to.
  • Just passed a Church of God in Zillah Washington.
  • its really hot and we just drove past an amazingly delicious smelling field of mint. now I really want a mint julep.
  • Going to see a sweet laser show (with a Vangelis soundtrack) projected on the Grand Coulee Dam in a little bit.
  • Back in the PST. IdaHOLLA!
  • s'mores, campfire, and the smell of weed wafting over the campground.
  • saw a moose on the side of the road on our drive home tonight. he was just standing there, being a giant moose.
  • I would like to give a solemn thank you to the many bugs that gave their lives on our windshield today so that we could get to Glacier NP.
  • we just passed a car. that makes 7 since the beginning of the trip.
  • we can see snow capped mountains for the first time since we were in tucson back in january.
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield was a nice stopover. Hell of a beautiful place to have a war.
  • So long South Dakota, you treated us right. Your turn Wyoming.
  • jerk chicken on the BBQ, beer in hand, sounds of ice cream vans and kids playing in the campground creek. yep, feels like summer.
  • Went to Deadwood today, saw Seth Bullock, Wild Bill and Calamity Jane's graves and visited George Hearst's massive open-pit Homestake mine
  • Many people have said Mt Rushmore wasn't really worth seeing, not having been since I was a kid. But I found it both ridiculous and awesome.
  • gretchen saw her first buffalo today, and then she barked at it. the buffalo was unimpressed.
  • The western prairie of South Dakota is stunning. I have missed the west more than I thought and am now soaking this up.
  • Visited the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota today. Looked like someone made a model of Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral for a state fair.
  • I have never seen rain like we saw today, it was somewhere close to 4" in about an hour. it was like being in a little hurricane.
  • Saw our 6th SR71 today at the strategic air command museum in nebraska. There are only 20 left so we are well on the way to seeing them all
  • Got 40 great records for less than $100 at the amazing Love Garden Vinyl in Lawrence Kansas
  • lots of detours already due to flooding up north. more to come, I'm sure.
  • I think this little storm in Lawrence KS has the loudest thunder I've ever heard. it really sounds fake, like its from a movie.
  • Oklahoma has the best slogan of any state: Oklahoma is OK
  • Seeing the suitcase that killed Tom Mix at the Tom Mix museum in Dewey Oklahoma
  • the weather today started out super hot, then turned humid, then turned into possible tornados then lots of rain. and lightning. oh, Kansas.
  • tonight the dog and I saw fireflies for the first time. (the dog barked.)
  • At Clinton lake state park in Lawrence Kansas. Perfect summer weather and light. Grilling and drinking outside. Thanks Kansas.
  • Man, 25mph crosswinds in an RV with gusts of up to 40 sucks. My arms are very tired tonight.
  • they turn over 1/2 a million cases a day, at this one plant! 5 football fields worth, 18 feet high, every 24 hours. insane!
  • did the Miller tour today in Milwaukee, as it turns out, Americans drink a lot of beer.
  • Touring Frank Lloyd Wright's incredible Johnson Wax Headquarters buildings. Such amazing details.
  • Went to The Violet Hour in Chicago with Dinesh and Shawn last night, and happy to say that the place lived up to its rep for good cocktails.
  • Camped on the shore of lake michigan tonight. Surprisingly crystalline blue water
  • Drove on interstate 80 today. It charged us a toll. I thought we were friends i80
  • Hello Chicago. See you tomorrow for the rest of the week.
  • our neighbors tonight have chased away the same raccoon 4 times already. clearly they are having something delicious for dinner.
  • Missing New Orleans tonight. Making up a pot of dirty rice and a batch of sazeracs.
  • our security system, aka our crappy paint job, looks fine until it's parked next to a gmc with a good paint job, or a new $500k rv.
  • the Mississippi river is twice as wide as it is on the gps's map. but it looks like it's dropped at least 4 feet.
  • we just drove through Future City, Illinois. not very futuristic.
  • Got the Miata all sorted out and running again. Good to have our shuttlecraft back.
  • how do we know when to move on to somewhere else? when I finally figure out how to navigate without a map.
  • somehow managed to attend two events in Kentucky in a week where the Governor was doing a ribbon cutting. random.
  • our visiting bay area friends brought the bay area's weather with them. cold and rainy, which is better than 90 degrees with 65% humidity!
  • The hard hat tour at buffalo trace distillery was great. Got to taste the mash and get up close to the still.
  • Went to a fried chicken place tonight for dinner that had KOOL-AID on the drinks menu.
  • Makers Mark, Heaven Hill and Jim Beam distilleries today. Makers was beautiful and actually the best tour so far.
  • Dang... blew the radiator in the Miata today. Good thing it is easy to hook it up to the RV to tow it along behind us.
  • Just passed the ham and gun store. We're totally going back there tomorrow.
  • adult bookstore on one side of the freeway, and a billboard on the other side that says "hell is real."
  • so far I've been to 11 new states on this trip. yesterday we added Kentucky to the list.
  • Man, they don't screw around at Princes Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville. Medium hot fried chicken is almost too spicy for me.
  • Great drinks and superb bartendership at Bar 308 in Nashville. Thanks Ben and Brandon!
  • At Hatch Show Print in Nashville, picking up some great letterpress posters for friends.
  • if you ever need to teach a class in advanced freeway tailgating, talk to someone from Memphis.
  • At the stax soul music museum. So much good music came from here.
  • Survived 4 tornados within 10 miles of us, got the RV stuck in mud, and drove through 10 in of water, but we finally made it to Graceland.
  • Drove within 9 miles of a tornado today. Had to break our streak and get a hotel room for the first time. Tornados are annoying.
  • vuvuzela like sound coming from the direction of the lake tonight. frogs?
  • This week: a tow truck museum, 3 distilleries, tour of the place that makes Ssäm's country ham and a glass boat tour of an underground lake
  • I think waffle house and dollar general should merge, easier distribution to every town in the south. plus both have black & yellow signs.
  • heading west again feels weird. it's been a while.
  • Great Smokey Mountain National Park was predictably amazing. Highly recommended in spring, so, so green.
  • Bummed that Tennessee's state motto isn't actually "Tennesseein is Tennebeleivin!"
  • I love that in all of the 19th century graffiti we have seen on this trip, the artists always took the time to add serifs to their letters.
  • Heading to the Foxfire Museum now. A book series that was on every 1970s bookshelf containing Appalachian wisdom on how to do everything .
  • Just had a great week in Atlanta with our hosts Josh, Katy, Lucy and little Beatrice. Thanks guys!
  • Atlanta is more pretty then i remembered. Hilly and windy roads and billions of trees.
  • Went to stone mountain today. Its like the confederate mt rushmore.
  • Having a cocktail at Holman and Finch in Atlanta that tastes like soap...in a good way. I blame the rhubarb bitters.
  • At the Cyclorama in Atlanta. A rotating football field sized painting and diorama depicting the battle of Atlanta. Super-kitch.
  • Georgia needs some of those wildlife overpasses like they have in Florida for armadillos.
  • it appears spring break has finally (finally!) ended. the 1000 acre park we are in has just one other set of campers.
  • bought a book in charleston today, "barbecue road trip." now I'm really looking forward to Memphis and Kansas city.
  • Went to an extraordinary bar in Charleston last night, The Gin Joint. Best Chartreuse Swizzle I've ever had, and tobacco infused Manhattans!
  • Made it to Fort Sumter where the civil war (aka the war of northern aggression) began 150 years ago this weekend.
  • At a bar, husk, in charleston, that has 9 kinds of pappy van winkle bourbons! We're getting close to the source.
  • on the move again, on our way to spend 3 days in charleston.
  • bought a tobacco and honey scented soap in savannah today. the rv smells really good now. might go back and buy the whole line.
  • heading into georgia today and crossing off another state from my haven't visited list.
  • We finally caught the mouse that has been chewing through our walls since Louisiana. We don't have to keep the cereal in the shower anymore.
  • we bought stuff to grill, but then we drove past a BBQ place that smelled really good. so we had that instead. oh, the perils of the south.
  • Saw space shuttle endeavor on the launch pad for the last time. A bummer the shuttle program is ending but I'm excited for what comes next.
  • We are seeing a good diversity of eagles painted on RVs. Soaring over buffalo, keeping watch for freedom, even eagles that fade into flames.
  • Got a new radiator for the RV. We are now running about 30 degrees cooler. Just in time too, it's 90 outside right now.
  • There are cardinals attacking our shiny aluminum wheels. Cool looking birds, but not so bright. I wish they would go after our mouse.
  • Our kitchen table is made of unfinished oak and my very hot laptop is sitting on it. It really smells like bourbon in here.
  • Woke up yesterday to the sound of the blue angels training. Found out we were camped 2 miles from their home runway in Pensacola.
  • Fried alligator at cochon in new orleans is the business. You should go to there.
  • At cafe du monde. There is so much powdered sugar on the ground, it looks like Tony Montana's study.
  • Triple milestone today: we crossed the mississippi river, turned over 4000 miles and have now spent 60 days on the road.
  • Heading to a big lebowski quote-off at the Alamo draft house in Austin and then to the highball for white russians and bowling.
  • West Texas is great... just saw some cowboys in a helicopter land at the store next to us (in the middle of nowhere) for a beer run.
  • I take back some of the mean things I have said about west Texas... The drive through Guadalupe national park at sunset was exquisite.

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