It’s the end of yet another awesome year — our travels took us to National Parks, site-specific installations, and quirky museums, and through some incredible buildings. We started the year in Denver, where we peeped Colorado Crush, an annual celebration of hip hop culture.
In nearby Colorado Springs, we visited the Garden of the Gods, which basically looks like nature’s own sculpture park:
A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee was my first [and possibly last] time camping in snow:
Speaking of exquisitely ornate interiors, I finally checked out Mr. Morgan’s Library in NYC. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind if this were my home library:
Over in Brooklyn, I felt like a big kid when I visited the New York Transit Museum, which I’d wanted to do since I was a little kid:
Also in Brooklyn, Cara Walker’s massive site-specific installation inside the Domino Factory was entitled A Subtlety. Subtle it was not:
Sometimes I don’t get around to doing something for absolutely no good reason — for two years, I lived near the Indianapolis Central Library but only stepped foot inside this year:
I went out to the Bay Area, my old stomping grounds, and finally visited Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary, as well as the series of temporary site-specific installations by Ai Weiwei, entitled @Large. Both experiences were intense and haunting, but the artwork is only up for a few more months:
Back in Cincy, I toured the Rookwood Pottery factory and admired its mural by Tina Westerkamp entitled The Migration of Tradition:
Cincinnati Music Hall was named one of the most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so I finally gathered up my photos from various visits into a blog post:
My favorite local kid invited me to his birthday party at the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati which, as it turns out, is a cornucopia of amazing hand-lettering:
Sidenote: I had a little chat at this birthday party with one of the diminutive guests:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“You know, I was a teenager for a while.”
“You were? Oh, wow!”
This still cracks me up.