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AC Road Trip Scrapbook :)

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Amazing Capes

 

Dear America, 

We love you!

Sincerely, 

Amazing Capes


 

We had a fantastic journey, and are so glad to be able to share it with you.

This springtime use promo code MERICA to save 10% of all the capes you need! 

HURRAY!



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Episode 13: Into the Earth! Carlsbad Caverns, NM

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Amazing Capes

In the late 1800’s it was known to the locals in the region of southeast New Mexico as ‘Bat Cave’… a gaping hole in the earth where dusk would push thousands of Mexican Free-Tailed bats through its mouth and into the night sky. 16 yr old Jim White was the first known person to truly explore the caverns. “... any hole in the ground which could house such a gigantic army of bats must be a whale of a big cave.” With a handmade kerosene lantern and clearly no sense of Nyctophobia White discovered another world through miles of darkness. One of the most decorated caves in the world, the caverns are now illuminated to reveal the wild and ancient forms that calcium carbonate can take… thousands of slender stalactites dripping from the ceiling, chandeliers, Michelangelo columns having reached each other in the beyond, flowstone reflecting whale mouths... Carlsbad is wild, intrepid and amazing.

Prepared to enter this middle earth… oh land of Gondor… this extraterrestrial world… we came geared up with a new cape prototype! When Amazing Capes was in LA we ventured to the fashion district for several yards of fabric that was then sewn together by the talented skills of Ms. Gloria in Echo Park. The new cloak feels magical just holding it… what a feeling it was to put it on 750 feet below the earth! It's as if instantly one assumes the leading role of a great adventure, of a quest that needs undertaking.

After hiking for miles through several hours of illuminated darkness we took an elevator back to the ceiling of the earth 750’ above. “So trippy!” – said Anna and Rox at the same time.

AC Truth 13: Everything feels like a storybook adventure with an Amazing Cape. 





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Episode 12: White Sands, New Mexico

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Amazing Capes


Enchanting lands in a sea of white

Stories told of UFO flights

Crystals ground to gypsum sun

Stretch for miles come undone

 

Day to night meet at their ends

Soaring saucers round the bends

The grounds of time fall between

The urge of our hands coming seen


Heavy breath to the ridge of dune

New views ahead open ever soon

A cape of stars catches the breeze

The pull from space behind our knees

 

A blanket slate of earthly new

Constantly shifting for the few

What beauty emits from this land

The sweeping gypsum of White Sands









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AC Episode 5: Back in Time

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Episode 5: Back in time at El Rancho

Along Route 66 in the crossroads town of Gallup, New Mexico there is a time capsule draped in the glamour and charm of Frank Sinatra and Betty Paige, John Wayne and Lucille Ball, their visages now encapsulated in black and white silver gelatin along wall upon brick wall. Built by the brother of film director D.W. Griffith, El Rancho was the southwestern playground for A-list movie stars since 1936 through the height of the 20th century. Featuring a desert backdrop, mahogany bannisters and 3 stories of lore, the hotel now has a change of cast, but once the heavy front doors have double locked, the energy of debauchery, fame and class sneaks out to mingle upon the red carpet at night. And as this glowing playground presented itself, we too decided to sneak out upon the quiet carpets and take up our roles in this humming drama.

AC Truth 5: History has recorded many great and terrible things; from bloody battles and ethereal pyramids, to masterful strings of numbers, to an old hotel in the desert singing Etta James… And as we inevitably breathe ourselves into the future, lets take care when we can fill our lungs from the past. There is still a whole lot to love about Lucy. 




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AC Episode 4: New Mexico Vortex

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Episode 4: The Vortex of Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The Land of Enchantment” Anna and Rox have dubbed New Mexico with a new motto “The Land of Entrapment”.  It is beautiful. It is magical. But goodness gracious, it weaves its silvery web around you and pulls you in. This web appeared in the form of car troubles at 6pm on a gorgeous Friday evening. And as it is, our shining sun warrior deemed itself fit for the sleepy high altitudes of Santa Fe and simply stopped upon arrival. Our taxi driver that night said “Oh I’ve heard that before, you know what that means? You’ll be here for the next 10-12 years.” Well, Santa Fe- you sure are lovely, your adobe homes sprung from the earth, with sun shining on the 2nd oldest city of America, but just the weekend will do for now... And so without a car, there’s nothing like a cape to elevate self propelled travel.  

With spirits high, we took it in: the play of desert light, the brushes of O'Keefe, that divey hole The Matador, the jewels along the Palace of the Governors, a glimpse of the Miraculous staircase, sightings of Hillary Swank on the plaza, the hills of thermal waters, and the gushing art of Canyon Road. And soon, Amazing Capes felt filled with the enchantment that becomes this arid land. 

And several days later, as Tony and Jimmy seemingly fixed Wanda’s electric regulator woes, we sped off through the dust shattered sunset skies towards Arizona. What? Leave New Mexico? Never... The silvery web zapped the headlights and the power in the dead of night, ZZZZZZZZAP- forcing a poetic stop just shy of Thoreau, NM in the dead of night. 

Ever need a perfect time to look for UFOs? Waiting on a AAA tow truck lends itself just fine. One spastic looking air traffic pattern in the sky could have been just that.

Snow began to fall and the world became surreal. We woke up back in time at the Blue Spruce in along Route 66 in Gallup, NM... so bizarre! So wonderful. 

AC Truth 4: Having an Amazing Cape helps transform ‘trouble’ into adventure and increases your chance of spotting extraterrestrial life.  








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