Инстаграм @eileenmroche EILEEN ROCHE PHOTOGRAPHY
I've been hibernating a bit this last week, so diving right into the new year was not something I was ready for today. One upside to coming down with an awful cold right before Christmas is that I didn't feel bad about PJs and Netflix all day. When I wasn't taking four hour naps, I was able to dig into a project that's been stacked high in my closet for a while: my dad's slides. | My dad passed away five years ago today, so since then, celebrating the new year has felt pretty complicated. But, this year, I’ve been going through these carousels and sharing them with my family. It’s actually been a lot of fun. It feels like I'm along for the ride on young Cork's wild adventures in the Westfalia. I posted a few favorites and my slide-scanning set up in my story. ⬆️ 🎞
In the 1930s, the production of the Terlingua mine slowed and soon after the town was abandoned. In the last thirty years, however, ”Ghost Town” has been re-inhabited by people looking for a change of pace. I was surprised, in fact, to meet one woman who owned property in Sonoma and Monterey Counties before relocating to rural Texas. Buildings like this one, built by the miners around the turn of the century, have been reclaimed, cleaned out, re-roofed, and these days it doesn’t feel much like a ghost town at all. Today, there's a line for breakfast burritos and nightly live music at the Starlight lounge - so named, I was informed by an old timer, because it had no roof when he moved here in the 70s. "What brought you down here?" we asked. "What brought me down here? Well, a 1961 Chevy Loredo! and it didn't take me much further!" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you ever seen a Valentine diner? According to the owner, who saw me poking around like a weirdo, Valentine would collect payment on these places, mostly along Route 66, once a week. If you fell behind on the cash you were supposed to tuck in a slot by the backdoor, well, he’d hitch it to his trailer and tow it right off.
On the right is Alice, our home in Terlingua for a few nights. We stayed exclusively in @airbnb RVs on our West Texas road trip because we loved the idea of waking up with the desert and going to sleep with the stars. Admittedly, we were pretty taken by Alice’s Palm Springs-esk decor and were pleasantly surprised by how realistic the sunrise painting on the ceiling turned out to be.
I’d figured West Texas would make for some cool photos, but the landscape, especially in @bigbendnps was beyond anything I’d imagined. I’m really enjoying going through photos of this road trip. Hopefully, you enjoy them, too, because there's a lot coming at you this week. Expect empty roads, dramatic landscapes, endless clouds, and colorful sunrises. Also wild-west-meet-retro-vibes and obnoxiously fashionable ladies.
San Francisco from Treasure Island yesterday. Air warnings moved from purple to orange this morning.
Out here under the beautiful West Texas big sky, enjoying the clouds and the stars, but the state of California’s sky is weighing heavy on my mind. My heart goes to those who’ve lost or are threatened by these fires, or dealing with the PTSD it triggers from last year’s devastation. ..I can’t help feeling like this may be our new November normal. Are we ok bequeathing a planet in such a state to our children?
Visiting this gorgeous cafe in person was a highlight of a recent weekend in Carmel. Every day @thestationaery posts additions to the menu that make me wish I could stop in all the time. It is sooooo awesome to see longtime friends bringing a dream like this to fruition. We’ve come a long way from passing notes in chemistry class and pretending we could pole vault. 🏃🏽♀️
If you can’t phone bank from the forest, @theassembly is definitely the next best thing. Thanks for having us yesterday! Spent tonight writing letters @standarddeviantbrewing to get out the vote. And, it was fun! We even got to cheer for a hometown team on Family Feud. 🤣 What’s your midterm action plan? I have a great calendar to send you if you’re looking for ways to get involved! | Photo above for @VirginMobileusa
Happy Saturday! It seems summer has finally arrived in SF (blink and you’ll miss it) and I’m thinking about this gorgeous refreshing garden-inspired cocktail. Kelly of @nickandnoracocktails reduced @pierceranchvineyards Albariño with lavender for a tasty, but not-too-sweet simple syrup and added frozen grapes cut to look like succulents! I can’t wait for them to open a brick and mortar! | @youthartscollective benefit dinner
Yesterday, I found a sunny little spot near the Big Sur River for morning yoga in the redwoods. For a few moments, it was just me and the sounds of the water, the warm autumn breeze, and the hummingbird hanging out by the wild blackberries. It was as if Judge K and all the so-called leaders who voted a partisan liar into our highest court didn’t exist. But, they do and this month is a real chance to do something about it. I'm signed up for phone banking and canvassing @swingleft and @sisterdistrictsf and I'm looking for buddies. Let me be clear, I have never ever done this before. But, I REALLY don't want to look back on a close election and wish I'd done more. Plus, I listened to Lovett or Leave It @crookedmedia last night, so I'm basically an expert now. Message me, I'll send you dates. #democracyinaction #votesaveamerica ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ | Photo above from a tranquil evening at the estate of the one and only @bernardtrainor with @youthartscollective and @hannililiedahl in beautiful Carmel, Ca.
Happy girl. I’d planned on my standard run across Divis towards the park this morning, but when I headed out to move my car for street cleaning and realized what a warm day it is, I decided on a whim to head to the water. I think I had the latest episode of @Hiddenbrain on my mind when I arrived at Marshall Beach. I’d spent yesterday in the editing cave learning the science behind our bodies craving nature. It actually affects our physical and mental health when we don’t have access to it. It makes sense, our ancestors lived in the forests a whole lot longer than we’ve been living in cities. I decided to forgo my usual earbuds and listen instead to the ocean crashing on the rocks below. The sun coming up over the cypress trees was warming the smells from those glorious spicy shrubs I don’t know the name of but always remind me of coastal hikes. Without other people’s songs in my head, I wrote my own, something I’ve assumed for years I wasn’t capable of. From the cliffs, I could hear voices on a boat out in the bay and when I looked again, I realize they were hanging out there because a big beautiful whale was breaching. It was flipping perfect. 🤣 I’ve been really cranky about San Francisco “summer” this year, but one hour like this left me feeling so content and renewed. 🌊 photo above 📷 @ankurwow from a trip to Whistler a few summers back where the mountains drop right into the bright blue sea and the sun stays out until after dinner time.
There’s a Cape Code meets Navy meets Retro SoCal thing happening on Coronado and I’m into it.