Sibling Fun

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Nov 02, 2010

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The Highlander Motel

Flag of United States  , Ohio
Monday, September 27, 2010

NEXT DESTINATION: Glacier National Park, MT

We got up just in time to catch Fred before he had to leave for work. He told us how to lock up when we left, and we told him "THANK YOU!!!" We brewed a quick cup of coffee, ate some yogurt and granola, and headed out to the car. Next up: Athens, Ohio, and Mick's sister, Zannie, who had just started school at Ohio University.

Our journey to Ohio was significantly lengthened when Margarita (our GPS, remember?) decided to take us on some scenic Ohio back roads instead of the main highway. Maybe this was actually the most direct way into Athens – we really had no idea – but it was hard to believe that the roller coaster topography and 35 MPH speed limit of our route could really be the best choice.

Not to be disheartened, we kept ourselves occupied listening to a massive collection of music donated to us by two good friends (thanks Mike Sweeney and John Calmeyer!), and conjecturing as to the incredible number of mobile trailer homes we passed on our way into town.

We arrived at OU in the early afternoon, just in time for Zannie to skip her class and come hang out with us instead. She gave us a great tour of campus, and then took us a little ways out of town to visit The Plains (the actual city name), where a recent tornado had devastated much of the area, destroying many houses. Zannie is studying photojournalism, and she’d spent some time photographing the stark landscape. She showed us around some of the neighborhoods that had been hit hardest, which was pretty crazy to see – our first tornado exposure.

We then headed back into town, trying unsuccessfully to find the entrance to the lake where Zannie’s crew team practices each day. Instead we ended up at Casa Nueva, a tasty Latin American food joint with lots of sustainable/local food. We dined on some tasty burritos, enchiladas, and nachos prepared in a refreshingly vegetable-heavy style.

Then, as luck would have it, Eric Schlosser, the author of  “Fast Food Nation” was speaking on campus that night, so we headed to the auditorium to listen in. His talk was excellent, and served as the final catalyst that we needed to change up our consumption practices a bit. On this trip, we’ve found ourselves (luckily) immersed in an ongoing discourse about food – we listened to “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” we’ve stayed with some very mindful and conscientious consumers, we visited a farm and farmer where our food comes from, and we even confronted a live dinner lobster face to face. All along the way, we’ve gradually been getting this stronger and stronger sense that we need to be more mindful of our eating habits, more specifically, that we need to make sure our food choices are supporting good things, not bad. So, after Eric Schlosser’s speech, we decided to make some changes. We’ve committed to only buying meat products that we can verify were cultivated in a sustainable, humane, organic, and local fashion. When we get back to the Bay Area, where we’ll have more consistent access to good food, our plan is to extend this commitment to eggs, dairy, and produce as well. We’ll see how it goes. . .

Anyways, the talk was excellent, and we dropped Zannie off in high spirits before heading back to the incredibly cheap “Highlander Motel” for a good night’s sleep.

Recent Expenses
$30 – Trader Joes
$24 – Dinner with Zannie at great Mexican place
$35 – Highlander Motel
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Annie on

OMG - I spent some time at OU in music school back in the late 90s. I'm glad that you went to Casa Nueva - I remember it fondly. I wonder if the Burrito Buggy, this truck that sold freshly made burritos, is still there - on Union St.? Thanks for taking me down memory lane! Hope you're having a great time!

sadie on

your hotel was only $35? that's cheap even for that part of the country! i mean, there are campgrounds in CA that cost more than that! way to bargain hunt!

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