Epic American Roadtrips, sometimes known as American Oddities
A few years ago I met Jennifer Lukehart (@jenlukehart) while working on a TV pilot in Dallas, TX. We hit it off immediately, and soon discovered that we both truly enjoy taking road trips. But not just any road trips, the kind that involve a lot of "off the beaten path" sidetracking to see the weird and unusual gems that exist all over the US. Since April 2010, we have embarked on 2 epic road trips and a handful of smaller adventures.
While neither of us are professional photographers, we have interests in design, style, and art. Every trip leaves us with hundreds of photos. You will find very small selections from our vast database here. We’ve tried to pick photographs that represent the beautiful, the weird, and the “WTF”, but sometimes you may see “just a pretty picture”.
My hope is that you find something here that makes you want to hit the highways of the US and find some American oddities for yourself. Let’s enjoy them while they exist!! -Carrin Welch (@whatnotgrove)
(All images are ©2010-2016 Jennifer Lukehart & Carrin Welch, PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE DOWNLOADING THEM, USING THEM, REPOSTING THEM, PINNING THEM, etc.)
Cleveland, OH to Los Angeles, CA 2011
At the beginning of September 2011, after wrapping work on a film, Jennifer and I set off on our most epic trip thus far. We left Cleveland, OH in The Jetta, with a lot of luggage (we're girls and we'd been on location for 4 months), and 2 cats. Yep, I said 2 cats, Wriggley & Babette.
Our goal was to make it to Los Angeles,CA and stop and see as many American oddities as possible, with an actual tourist trip to Chicago, IL (Jen's home town). The major must sees on the list were House on the Rock (Wisconsin) and Mount Rushmore (Wyoming). I can't actually remember how many stops we made by the end of the trip, but these photos are an excellent representation.
All 5 of us (me, Jen, the cats, and The Jetta) made it with minimal break downs, only a few major freak outs, so many laughs, and a lot of appreciation for our American landscape. Ok, well, Jen & I have a better appreciation, the other parties were less impressed.