Today, Laszlo Kovacs brings us down south to Jacksonville, Florida. Here’s what he says about his relationship with the city:
“Why Jacksonville Florida? My main reason is: I’ve never been there before. My relationship with Florida and Jacksonville in particular is completely platonic. I decided to exercise my imagination and guess that could be representative of the city without having to consult wikipedia, that was my challenge.
“They say that ‘if someone gives you a currency of their country, sooner or later you’ll end up visiting that country’. I hope this label will one day, lead me to visit the city of Jacksonville, and maybe when I get there, I will draw another label of another city that I’ve never been.
“So then Jacksonville will turn out to be my ticket to ride, to exciting unknown and unexpected places.”
Matthew Hollister takes us to my home state, Washington. Here’s what he says about it:
“I moved to Washington just over three years ago. Having spent the previous twelve years in Brooklyn, NY I was shocked at the incredible mix of natural and urban environments. The combination of forests, lakes, mountains, ocean, and skyscrapers is like no where else. It is also a major port on the coast, and watching the enormous container ships come and go is really impressive. Washington may get a bad rap because of it’s overcast weather, but when the sun comes out you realize that all of the rain was worth it.”
Today, Colby Thueson brings us to the great state of Idaho to visit Spirit Lake. Here’s what he says about the place:
“I have no connection to Spirit Lake, Idaho, other than its location in my home state. I’ve never been there, but in doing my research it became such an eerie sounding place to me. The legend is that a Chieftains daughter of the Kootenai Tribe loved a young kootenay Brave. But a governing chief of a neighboring tribe threatened war if he was not allowed to marry this chiefs daughter. Her father consented, prompting the young Indian Maid and her Brave to bind themselves together and leap into the lake from a cliffside, avoiding their separation. As the lovers were never found, it’s said that on a moonlit night, when the wind is still, you may see their shadowy figures as they drift across the lake in a canoe. As the lake ice floes melt and grind together in springtime, strange–mournful and haunting sounds can be heard.”
Today, Seth Neilson brings us down to South America to visit Tocopilla, Chile. Here’s what he says about it:
“Known as ‘the Devil’s Corner’, Tocopilla is a port town in the Antofagasta region of Chile and is famous for its energy production, and as the birthplace of artist Alejandro Jodorowsky. It’s also supposedly a good place to hang out on the beach and play some fútbol, volleyball or baseball, as the communal teams have won more than half the National Championships from the Chilean Baseball Federation.”
Today, Jeremy Loyd brings us to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here’s what he has to say about it:
“I’ve spent a good amount of time in Knoxville and it’s surrounding areas. I have good friends that live near the city and enjoy visiting Norris Lake every fall. There’s also the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is one of my family’s favorite places to explore.
I’ve found Knoxville to be a city that has a lot of unique attractions and history. It’s a hard-working town rooted in manufacturing and mining, booming during the arrival of the railroad in the mid-1800’s. The city was revitalized in 1982 when it hosted the World’s Fair and the park developed for the fair is worth visiting. It also should be noted that residents there bleed Volunteer orange as Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee.”
Today, Doug Penick brings us to Oskaloosa, Iowa. Here’s what he says about it:
“Named after the princess wife of a Seminole chief, Oskaloosa means Black Rain, from the Mvskoke words “oske” (rain) and “lvste” (black).
“I’ve never been to Oskaloosa, nor have I heard of it before taking on this project. I will say this little town has moxy. Any place whose headlining annual event is a Corn-on-the-Cob and Pork BBQ fest aptly named “Sweet Corn Serenade” is a place I want to be. Oskaloosa, I’ve never stepped foot on your soil, but you’ve secured a place in my heart.”
Today, Travis Ladue takes us sailing out to Catalina Island. Here’s what he says about it:
“Growing up, Catalina Island always meant one thing “camp.” Cherry Valley Scout Camp, located on the island, was frequented by myself and other scouts in my troop every summer. Sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming will always remind me of Cherry Valley, and Catalina Island.”
Today, Roxanne Daner brings us to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Here’s what she says about it:
“Although I’ve never actually been to Pittsfield, It looks absolutely lovely from what I’ve gathered on the internet. I was pleased to find (on wikipedia) that the Financial Times proclaimed Pittsfield the “Brooklyn of the Berkshires”. I plan to visit as soon as time will allow.”
Today, Mike Dornseif brings us to Waterville, Maine. Here’s what he says:
Today, Aaron Eiland takes us down south to Shreveport, Louisiana. Here’s what he says: