Monday, July 21, 2008

Trip, Part 1


Finally on the road! All the planning is over. We've begun the vacation and we'll just deal with anything that happens or with any plans that must change as they happen. I've seen a fellow EDM member draw a sketch similar to this and always liked it so I took the chance to make my own. Wilma took a turn at driving as I started lookin' around.

After a night stay at a motel, we hit Chicago and get on the Empire Builder train to Glacier N.P. and parts beyond. It July 4! That means we see fireworks from the train. Not exactly ideal seats, but still neat.




Here's observations from the train. 30 hours is quite a while to sit and think and read and watch. I like it. The coffee is pretty good, too.





Our first night in the park is at Lake McDonald Lodge. We can finally relax! The train doesn't get in until close to 9 p.m., so we pick up our rental car and drive the short mileage along the shore of Lake McDonald to lodge. Room as scheduled. They have a fire going in the fireplace and the scent riding on the cool air greets us. The showpiece of the lobby, to me, is the huge fireplace. My eyes are drawn to it so that's what I decide to sketch before we leave in a couple days. I think I'll try to have a minimum of one sketch and one picture for each of our lodgings. We'll see if I can keep it up.

10 comments:

Margaret Ann said...

Oh John!....These are absolutely wonderful....I love that fireplace! So cool to see historical photos included as well...Wow! You have inspired me to actually preplan and complete a journal for a trip to the midwest I have scheduled in August...You are Awesome! :)

MaryO said...

What wonderful memories, and a wonderful way to preserve them! I'm enjoying sharing your journey. Thanks, John.

kazumiwannabe said...

Great sketches and really cool journal pages! Like Margaret Ann said, it's inspiring!

Deb said...

Well, I'm hooked! This is awesome, and I can't wait to read and see more!

Spinneretta said...

Fascinating :) I am all agog to hear more about your trip... travel journals are my favourite type of art journals I think!! What a great job, and happy memories!

trailbee said...

Someone else's roadtrip. This is better than Vacation :)!

Sandy said...

I love these types of pages, great work, Keep us posted!

john.p said...

Margaret Ann - These aren't historical photos. I took all these pictures. The photo transfer process gives them that antique look. I like the affect.

Margaret Ann said...

Oh my Gosh JOHN!!! LOL !!! Thanks for the tip...I can't wait to try it...its amazing....and so are you...

And...I just presented you with an award on my blog...pop on over when you get the time...:)

Margaret! :)
http://waterblossoms.blogspot.com/

Lisalou said...

I hope you are not tired of awards, John, because I nominated you for another! Play along of you like--if not I am still you biggest fan!
Lisa