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Thursday, July 25, 2013

PNW Road Trip: Day 1 - Butte, MT

Welcome to Part #1 of Day #1 of our summer road trip to the Pacific Northwest, a vacation we took in part to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this June. In two weeks we drove about 2400 miles, visited some beautiful country in four states and two countries, did and saw lots of interesting stuff, and between our Rebel, Kodak EasyShare and new iPad we took over 2000 photos. So needless to say, this is the first of many photo-intensive vacation posts! I hope to post the last one by Christmas. :-)

We left Sheridan at 6:45am on Saturday, June 29th, stopping briefly in Billings, MT for a quick breakfast from The Good Earth Co-Op. Our next stop was in Butte, MT for lunch, a town we'd never visited before, but one we found quite intriguing!

We begin with a view of part of downtown Butte (rhymes with "cute") as seen from the Visitors Center...

The M on the hillside, created in 1910, is for "Miners" (Butte's an old mining town as you'll soon see, and home to a college formerly known as Montana State School of Mines), while the red brick clock tower, built in 1916, was originally the railroad station and is now a TV station (KXLF TV). Apparently it's destined to always be a station of some sort! :-)

I also took this next photo from the Visitors Center. Butte sits very near the Continental Divide (I'd have photographed the sign if we hadn't flown by it at 75mph!), is the hometown and burial site of motorcycle daredevil Evel Kneivel, is known for its mining history (and resulting EPA Superfund Site) and Victorian architecture - and is, as you can see, surrounded by some beautiful scenery...

But the town's landscape also bears the ugly scars of its mining history, a history which gave it the nickname "The Richest Hill on Earth" and made it wealthy during its boom years, but left it toxic after more than a century of mining and smelting...

If the sight of the scarred hillside didn't clue you in to Butte's emphasis on mining, some of its street names - Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, Quartz, Granite, Agate, Platinum, Mercury, Aluminum, Diamond, Ruby and Pearl - might. Starting with gold in 1864, Butte has also mined (and often smelted) silver, copper, lead, manganese, zinc, and molybdenum from over 500 underground mines and four open pit mines, including the infamous Berkley Pit. This 100+ years of mining activity has left groundwater, surface water and soils in the area contaminated with arsenic, sulphuric acid, and heavy metals including copper, zinc, cadmium and lead, caused fish kills in the rivers and created potential health threats from contact with and ingestion of contaminated soil, surface water, groundwater or inhaling contaminated air. This is why it's one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the world, with Berkley Pit being the largest and most expensive portion.

My photos that show the mine area (which is now owned by Atlantic Richfield and is still active, though on a much smaller scale) are not nearly as dramatic as the Google Maps satellite image. Appalling what we do to Mother Earth, our fellow creatures, and ourselves and future generations in the name of profits.

Some of the money made during Butte's mining heydays was spent on the construction of some impressive buildings, built mostly from the 1880s to the roaring '20s, which today are currently in various states of grandeur, disrepair, neglect, and/or restoration - and which will be (with the exception of our lunch) the focus of the remainder of our visit to Butte...

Mother Lode Theater
Built in 1923 as a Masonic Temple and converted to a movie theater during the Depression,
after a $3 million renovation in 1996 it was renamed the Mother Lode Theater.

I have no idea what the history or function of this building is, I just thought its tall chimney and old brick had character, especially against that backdrop!

The Arts Chateau
We had no clue what this place was when we first drove by it, but thought it must be the Copper King Mansion (more on that shortly). We were close, but didn't learn till we got home and I was putting this post together that it was indeed built (in 1898) by the Copper King, William Andrews Clark, but it was for his son Charles. The 26-room house - modeled after a French Chateau that Charles had stayed in on his honeymoon and built in part by French craftsmen brought to Butte for the purpose - now serves as a community arts center, museum and gallery called The Arts Chateau.

An example of one of Butte's beautiful old buildings that's seen better days. The apartment on the left is occupied, the one on the right is vacant. We hope this building is slated for repair rather than terminal composting, but found it hard to tell with some of Butte's buildings if they were on their way up or on their way out.

We passed the above building on our way to The Hummingbird Café for lunch...

A vegan-friendly oasis that we were pleasantly surprised to find through Happy Cow, we were equally surprised to find it quite busy when we arrived, given how quiet the town seemed, though once we got our food we understood its popularity! It has a fun artsy/hippie/bohemian vibe that we enjoyed, and was much bigger than it looked... you can see one back room through the door to the left, but they continued on beyond that and ended in a cozy little outdoor courtyard with a couple of tables (which is where we'll take our food to eat next time we visit!) :-)

Service was friendly but slow, so while BW mapped out our next meal destination on the iPad I took my camera on a quick walkabout to photograph more of Butte's architecture. So we'll return to The Hummingbird for our sandwiches in a bit, after we've feasted our eyes on a couple more historic dwellings...

Another apartment building, this time in better shape

An example of the architectural diversity on which Butte has long prided itself

There's nothing like a window full of skeletons in June to catch the eye, and being a great lover of Halloween (though one who monotonously takes down her decorations on Nov 1!), I had to snap this photo. :-)

I took this shot with my telephoto just before re-entering restaurant, thinking these were more miner-baron mansions. And maybe they were once, but now they're buildings on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, originally the Montana School of Mines when it was founded in 1900.

And now it's time to dig up some minerals of a different sort, for lunch is served. :-)

I ordered the portobello (or as they spell it, "portabella") sandwich with a side of organic red roasted potatoes...

...while BW ordered the T.L.T. (made with their own homemade tempeh bacon) and the same side o' spuds... 

And then we swapped sandwich halves. We both agreed that both sandwiches were very tasty, but the T.L.T. was far and away our favorite! 

After eating our sandwiches and sharing a lemonade, it was time to do a little more exploring on foot and by car before leaving, especially since we were still trying to find the Copper King Mansion, and no one seemed to be able to tell us where it was! 

Love that second-story sunporch!

As you can see, a big thunderstorm was rolling in (it hit just as we left Butte). Which got us wondering - with all that metal - especially highly conductive copper - in the ground there, how many lightning strikes do you reckon they get? Don't know, but we left town in the nick of time that day!

Another second-story sunporch on the jauntily colored house on the left, and an intriguing third-story recessed porch and the first all-glass turret I've ever seen on the house on the right, which also appears to be getting a new porch railing soon!

This house, loaded with beautiful stained glass windows, was right across a side street from the Copper King Mansion (yep, finally found it, so it's coming up shortly!) 

Greek Revival
This home was probably the stateliest private residence we came upon (and it was for sale, though now I can't find a listing for it on the realtor's web site). The columns, portico and upper railings are all lovely and impressive, as is that handsome chimney! But now check out what was right across the street...

Needs Revival!
A contrast that pretty much sums up our impression of Butte! It's a city of antipodes - wealth and poverty, preservation and dilapidation, pristine beauty and monstrous devastation, cowboys and miners and artists and hippies - all living cheek to jowl. As I said, it's an intriguing town, and one we plan to spend more time in one day... maybe even springing for a night in this place (if they'll serve us a vegan breakfast!) - the hard-to-find-but-worth-the-search Copper King Mansion...

William Andrews Clark was one of the three principal developers of copper mining in Butte known as "the Copper Kings." The original cost of his 34-room Copper King Mansion, built from 1884-1888, is estimated at about a half-million dollars - or about a half day's income for Clark. By 1900, Clark had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $50,000,000 and was considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. In 1917 he added an addition to the mansion, but the cost of it is unknown.

The mansion has been privately owned by the Cote family for four generations, but is publicly accessible via tours or overnight stays in their five B&B guest rooms.

I imagine there are rather commanding views from this window! 

Speaking of which...

We bid farewell to Butte with this last look at the town, the mine-scape, and the mountains from the grounds of the Montana Tech campus (which you may recall seeing from outside the Hummingbird Café in an earlier photo). Now it's time to outrun the thunderstorms and head for Missoula, Idaho and Spokane! See you there in my next post! :-)

Meanwhile, see more of the world (and its skies, stormy and otherwise) with a visit to...

Other PNW Road Trip Posts:

Day #1, Part 2: Missoula-Idaho-Spokane


  1. I can see how you ended up with so many photos! I have two memories from Butte — one involves the best Chinese restaurant dinner ever (not counting the warning not to drink the water), and the second concerns a car breakdown just as we re-entered the highway after dark. Ugh for the second.

    Great photo tour of Butte!

    1. And if you think Butte was photogenic... :-) At least I was able to use most of my Butte photos here, future locations are going to make choosing and rejecting photos even more difficult.

      Best Chinese restaurant dinner ever - in Butte? Definitely a town filled with surprises! But that second memory doesn't sound like a surprise of the pleasant variety. Someday you'll have to tell the tale!

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it - it was a relief to finally get a comment on it! :-)

  2. Butte really has some pretty surroundings but how sad what mining did to it. :( I grew up in a mining town (upper Michigan in Iron County) and remember how much the iron mining affected the river that ran through the town. There have also been quite a few sink holes when mine shafts collapsed. My mom's friend walked onto her back porch one morning to discover her entire back yard gone! Very sad what humans do to the earth.

    The buildings certainly are beautiful & impressive. It's too bad that some are in such disrepair but they have kept good care of several of them. They're quite lovely! I especially love the Arts Chateau.

    I love the Hummingbird Cafe's name. So adorable! Looks like you had some delicious sandwiches- that bread looks perfect!

    That mansion is ginormous!! I love that it's red & would really love to see the inside of it. I can't imagine living in something that big, though. I'd have a case of the constant creeps! It's pretty cool that it's a B&B now. There are a few larger houses by the lake here that were turned into them & they seem to do quite well.

    I agree with Andrea about this being a great photo tour of Butte! I hope we go that way sometime. I'd love to visit it!

    1. BW was stationed at KI Sawyer and lived in Gwinn before we ever met, and has told me stories of the iron in the water there. Of course, he wasn't in an area where the mining of it was going on. In our area it's coal mining - all open, of course, not underground. When I saw that ravaged hill above Butte, I thought of an elderly Native American named Howard Boggess, a Crow historian who I met on the Bozeman Trail wagon train I rode with for several days back in 2001. One night we set up camp on a huge plowed up field, but Howard set up his tent quite a distance away, where the soil was untilled. When I asked him why he wasn't camping with the rest of us, he said traditionally his people avoided plowed land, seeing it as a terrible injury inflicted on Mother Earth. I couldn't help but wonder what Howard, who was from Montana and well traveled, must have thought of Butte.

      Those sink holes are so frightening! I can't imagine looking out my window one morning and seeing a gaping chasm where my yard used to be!

      I agree, it's sad how many of the buildings sit empty and are in such a state of disrepair (to put it rather mildly) - it would take another William Andrews Clark fortune to bring them all back to their former beauty at this point! But it was gratifying to see how many of the buildings - the homes especially - have been well maintained, especially given Butte's harsh environment and, I'm sure, challenging economic times.

      I love the Hummingbird Café's name too! And oh my yes, those were some delicious sandwiches! A foreshadowing of all the yummy food to come! :-) (And all the fat to come - that wonderful bread had been olive oiled and then toasted, our first dose of vegan grease on the trip. I find being vegan on the road quite easy - but being fat-free vegan on the road? Nearly impossible. Restaurants, B&Bs, and even health food store deli's are enamored of oil and Earth Balance! We did the best we could, but mostly we just hoped our bodies would forgive our 2-week fat binge. (They did for the most part, but even with all the walking we did we still gained a few pounds each! Glad we don't eat like that at home!)

      I agree, that's a ginormous house! My jaw dropped when I read that he'd added an addition in 1017! How big a freakin' 'house did you need, Copper Dude?? You can see the some of the interior of the Copper King Mansion on their web site, and since they allow photography you can probably find lots of photos of it on Flickr, etc. But maybe one day you can tour it for yourself! You guys would LOVE that drive with your Bambi through Bozeman, Butte, and Missoula - and on up to Kalispell, Whitefish and Glacier, or taking the route we did to Seattle and BC! :-) Hope you get to do it someday!

  3. Interesting architecture, and an interesting story.

    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed! I appreciate your visit and your comment!

  4. some of those homes are really unique and charming. i like the old buildings, too. the roiling skies in the 3rd photo absolutely distracted me from the scarred mountains. wow, that is gorgeous.

    1. It's definitely an interesting town to drive - or better yet, walk - around! My photos barely scratched the surface of all the unique buildings in Butte. And that sky only got more interesting as we lingered there - the thunderstorm that hit as we were leaving ended up hurling two lightning bolts at the town and knocking out the communications at City Hall and all the emergency services, including 911!

  5. Wow!I love those beautiful chimneys on the rooftop.

    1. Chimneys that are the least bit unusual or decorative ALWAYS catch my eye! Maybe I was a chimney sweep in a past life. :-)

  6. You definitely caught some great skies in Butte and the architecture is not what I would expect. The theater reminds me a lot of one of the old high schools my city is in the process of tearing down. It, too was built in the 1920s which doesn't seem that old to me. Thanks for your visit and comments to QDP. I will look forward to your travels West.

    1. I didn't expect that architecture either! My mom was born and raised in Havre, MT, up on the Canadian border, and I was expecting something more like that - some modern houses, a few fine old Victorians all clustered together in their own shady tree-lined neighborhood, and a lot of houses like my grandparents had: modest little "ramblers" built in the 1950s and early '60s. Guess I now see the difference between a wheat ranching/railroad town and a mining town!

      Sorry to hear what's being done to the old high school. That's happening around here as well - if only the ones they built to replace them had half the beauty, character and/or craftsmanship! My old high school in Kennebunk, ME was sure a handsome structure - till they garped it up with a butt-ugly modern addition, all squat and blocky! What are people thinking?? And now it appears they're going to tear down and rebuild most of it - the old, pretty part, I'm sure. :-(

      You're most welcome for my visit and comments, I always enjoy your blog and wish I had time to just visit all my favorites all the time! I'm glad you're going to tag along on my tour, lots of great places and photos - and skies! - ahead! :-)

  7. So far, you are off to a great travel post of your 2400 mile vacation, My question, the toxic destruction of local natural resources, has me wondering why anyone would live there today? Its vintage architecture was surely a reflection of ultimate wealth. Vibrant colors painted on vintage beauties reminds me so much of the western house painting boldness. Perhaps, here in Butte and in other western reaches the vibrant colors reflect openness and freedom. Just guessing. Your thoughtful post had much to say -- about both mining devastation to architecture to wonderful vegan food. -- barbara

    1. Thanks! But you wouldn't believe how much I've still got ahead of me to do for the rest of my vacation posts! EEEK! The photos are daunting to go through, select and organize, and though I've already worked on them for several hours I've made little progress. But oh there are some wonderful ones in my stash! I just need a big chunk of uninterrupted time and crappy weather for working on them. Maybe in November?? You'll be all settled into your new Utah digs by then! :-)

      Good question about why anyone would want to live at a Superfund site. I can only assume that for many (most?) Butte is their hometown and they don't wish to leave. And that for others, they find the cost of real estate relatively inexpensive (especially compared to neighboring towns like Bozeman or Missoula), or they consider the risk level acceptable (not unlike people who take up smoking or text or drink while driving, I suppose!) Butte isn't without its charms, but it wouldn't be for us. Except for occasional visits and lunches at the Hummingbird! ;-)

  8. Butte is a very fascinating town with its mining history and the old buildings that are still standing. My grandfather on my mother's side was a "powder man" in the underground mines there. I never met him but I talked to one of my uncles who worked underground for a while and he told some wild stories about what went on underground and what went on above ground after work.

    I'm all for economic development and all that and work in an extractive industry myself but the environmental devastation at Butte is a good example of what happens without laws, regulations, and the enforcement of such.

    Thanks for sharing your photographs.

    1. Wow, small world with your family connection! I cannot possibly imagine what it must be like to work in an underground mine. I'm claustrophobic, for one thing, and can remember as a small child (who loved cemeteries) deciding I wanted to be interred in a mausoleum because I couldn't bear the thought of being buried! So if that's how I felt about being underground when dead, imagine how I feel about being underground while still in relative charge of my faculties! :-) His stories must have been something.

      I wish everyone possessed an innate respect for the health and beauty of the land, air and water so that extraction and other development activities always made their protection a priority, even if it meant going slower or making less profit. As I said to Molly about the size of the Copper King Mansion, how much square footage does one man need, anyway? Or how many millions/billions of dollars? Especially when what's been traded for it is clean, safe water and air and healthy soil, and - as a result - human and non-human health and lives.

      You're welcome, Yogi, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and a bit of personal history related to Butte!

  9. TW!
    What a great first post! Butte is full of contrasts and you captured them very well. It's amazing what an elegant mansion one has the resources to build after raping the landscape. We saw somewhat the same in Frankenmuth, as that area was logged out by the late 1800's. I loved the huge mansions and buildings though. Great color combinations, too. Or was that caused by all the heavy metals in the air? ;-).

    1. Thanks, Spudly! I'll try to maintain the same standard with the rest of them. :-)

      Yes, it's amazing indeed. Our species can sure have rapacious appetites. I suppose back in the day it may have felt like there was no end to the land and the resources - but that doesn't explain why this sort of thing still goes on today, when we definitely know better (fracking, tar sands, clear-cutting and burning of the rainforests, etc). The Kendrick Mansion which I often photograph is much the same, only most of Kendrick's money was made from the enslavement and slaughter of cattle. Rather like the antebellum mansions of the southern "Cotton Kings," purchased with the blood, sweat, tears, freedom and lives of human slaves. Blood money, every bit of it. And for me, that detracts greatly from any architectural beauty there may be in the buildings.

      Ha, you're a funny guy! Yes, I think I read a plaque there that said all the houses are actually painted white, and any colors that you see are caused by the heavy metals in the air! ;-)~

  10. Hey, happy to be on board for the first installment of your PNW adventure!
    I've learned more about Butte from your one day there than my own trips through it. Great photos too! Looking forward to traveling with you through my favorite part of the country.

    1. Even happier to have you on board! :-) I'm happy to hear you'll know more about Butte the next time you're passing through it now. :-) I learned a lot more doing the research for this post than I did from visiting the Info Center (which I couldn't really bear to loiter in for long because of all the dead, dismembered animals hanging on the walls! I'll never cease to find that macabre idea of "decor" gruesome and tragic).

      I thought of you when we visited Port Townsend! But fear my photos of it don't even begin to hold a candle to yours (it was one of the few stormy mornings we experienced, though it turned lovely while we were beachcombing there - the highlight of our visit!) Anyway, I'm glad you'll be tagging along! :-)

  11. What a huge variety of architectural styles! Thanks for the tour!!

    1. It really is, isn't it? And these few photos barely make a dent in all the varied styles of buildings there are there!

  12. That was a fantastic post. My poost ofbthe week when I do a Thursday Thirteen (hopefully on 1st August!).
    The architecture is fantastic. And so many almost hidden gems - the onion dome behind the cinema (oops theater) in the fourth photo comes to mind.
    If the rest of your tour is like this it will certainly have been a really memorable 25th Anniversary. We had ours last year and did a mini tour of part of Southern England. Such fun.

    1. Thanks, John! I'll be honored! I hope to have the next post up before then, but am pretty sure you'll find the Butte post more interesting and therefore appropriate for your Thursday Thirteen.

      I'm glad someone else spied that onion dome building, because it sure caught my eye (and still does whenever I look at that photo!) I wish I could have gotten a closer look and photo of it, but we didn't go down that street. I don't know if it's part of the theater or not, but it intrigues me!

      It was definitely a memorable 25th anniversary trip and I hope to do it justice in all my posts! Congratulations on your own silver anniversary - your mini tour of southern England sounds wonderful!

  13. I know really enjoy the replies but your post is so long and interesting, it's taken most of my lunch to read it and I didn't even click on most of the links! I did click on the google earth one to see the birds-eye view. Yikes!

    Your post was wonderful! I liked all the details and all the photos and just think that you'll be able to "re-visit" it yourself in 10 years when the details are hazy.

    I loved all the buildings and really appreciated the photo of the copper king's home immediately followed by the "needs revival" home. Very clever title and also very shocking. It's hard to believe that the rich places would put up with the dilapidation of the poor places.

    Is that Mother Lode theatre for real? Were they doing a play on words? I clicked on your link to see but it didn't say. I'm sorry but it may be spelled Lode but I read Load every time and think they need to re-name it!! :-)

    I've run out of time to write about the rest of your post in great detail but I did read the whole thing. Your sandwiches looked soooo good and I love red roasted potatoes - I wanted to reach in and get some.

    I also loved all the beautiful architecture in all those photos. I'd especially love a tour and to spend the night in the Clark copper king mansion. How grand!!! Those numbers of what he earned are too big to wrap my head around. He was RICH!!!

    1. I know, you're going to have some real challenges squeezing some of these vacation posts into your measly 30-minute lunch breaks! You may have to occasionally "do a Creed" and cheat a bit. Especially since I would be bereft without your comments! :-)

      You're so right that being able to revisit my travel posts, especially, is really helpful years later. I've referred back to our Maine vacation posts more than once for some forgotten bit of information. As long as Blogger doesn't go Tango Uniform or suffer some cataclysm that deletes my blog, I will really enjoy revisiting these posts years from now, and that's part of why I put so much time and effort into them (I also do it for you, dear audience!) :-)

      Thank you for noticing my "Greek Revival" and "Needs Revival" captions! I thought I was being mighty clever, but wondered if anyone would notice it! However, the Greek Revival home wasn't the Copper King's (don't know whose it was, but as far as I know it was just another random rich guy's house). But on re-reading the caption of the picture just above it that said we did eventually find the Copper King Mansion, I can see how you thought the next photo was it, so I've edited it a bit to hopefully clarify, since the Copper King's place is featured in the final three house pictures on this post. I wondered not only about such squalor being right next to or across from a well-maintained expensive place, but also about the zoning (or lack thereof) that allowed such a place to be built right across from such a large, fancy, high-dollar home to begin with, it being my impression that the Greek Revival is the older building.

      I was a little confused by your question about the Mother Lode Theater's name! A lode is a vein of a mineral or ore, and a "Mother Lode" is what the richest, principal vein is called. It also means "a rich source of something," so in both ways I think it's a perfect name for the Butte theater! Does it make more sense to you now? Hope so, because I doubt you'll convince them to rename it. ;-)

      Believe me, I want to reach in and grab those potatoes and the entire TLT myself! If only we could.

      We hope to take another trip through Bozeman and Butte (spending a night in Butte this time so we can explore more), and on up to Kalispell, Whitefish and Glacier Park - and if/when we do, we'll tour the Mansion and take photos to share! And MAYBE we'll stay there, though we'll have to work out the breakfast arrangement (I'd rather they just knock a few $ off our bill and we can grab breakfast at the Hummingbird!) :-) Anyway, I'm really glad you enjoyed this post! Just wish you had more time available...

  14. What fun! Love the variety of architectural styles, colors and shapes! What a fact-filled post about Butte! I'll have to revisit several times to get myself up to snuff on all the attractions and history! So glad you had/are having a good time! ;)

    1. Hi Bea! I'm so glad you enjoyed it - and I know what you mean about needing to revisit it several times to see and learn about all there is, that's why we plan to return and spend a night there on our way to Glacier Park during another vacation. Isn't the architecture cool? It was my favorite thing about Butte (as you can probably tell from the number of photos I took of it, and we only saw a small fraction) - besides the Hummingbird's TLT sandwich! :-)

  15. Hi! I felt as if I were travelling in your country.Looking various kind of buildings and scenery, I feel very good old days atmosphere in your photos.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi, Minoru! That's great to hear, I was hoping everyone reading my posts would feel like they were right there with us! Isn't it wonderful to be able to travel the world without having to leave home (unless you want to!) I always enjoy the feeling that I've spent time in Japan when I visit your blog.

      Butte definitely embodies "the old days" in its architecture! I love old, historic buildings like that. I'm glad you enjoyed this post and I'll see you down the road! :-)

  16. What an interesting summed it up so well, so many different types of people and buildings, living cheek to jowl. Was stunned to see the satelite shot of Berkley Pit. So sad. And those covered porches on those pretty :)
    Of course, after finally joining you on this journey, I realized you are home ;-) I was wondering how in the heck you were busting out these wonderful posts while on the road!
    Here I go to the next installment of your road trip...

    1. Thanks, Maya - it wasn't the easiest place to describe! Intriguing indeed. And yes, that satellite shot is stunning and very sad. Glad I could share some lovely buildings and yummy sandwiches to lighten the mood a bit, at least!

      There is no doubt someone, somewhere who can somehow manage to blog about a vacation trip, with edited photos, while they're on it. And I hate them. LOL


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