Plankton: Running on Empty!

♫ Running on Empty – Jackson Brown ♫


Plankton and I rolled into Death Valley Junction on fumes. The wind was whipping madly, a weathered sign banged loudly on rusty chains and tumbleweeds spun wildly down the road (it's true; there really were tumbleweeds)!


If you believe every thing you read on Wikipedia you'd be worried at about right now as it will tell you there isn't a gas station in Death Valley Junction. Good thing there was a station; but it came at a price! I gasped when I saw the sign: $4.38 / gallon! But I sucked it up and paid a princely sum to fill my tank. It just isn't a good idea to be 'running on empty' in the Mojave Desert!


Since February, gas prices have skyrocketed. I've paid much more for a gallon of gas than I did in Death Valley Junction. In fact, the price I paid in Big Sur in April was the most I've ever paid for gas. I paid a whopping $5.49 / gallon!! *gasp*


I really wish that I had arrived at this junction back in its hey day, when that Chevron gas pump (image in comments) was shiny and sparkly ... and dispensing gas for only .44¢ / gallon ... and the attendant out there shooting the breeze with me ... washing my windshield and checking my oil. Remember those days?



Happy Toy-in-the-Frame Thursday!!

  • Gabriela Ciolini 4y

    very cool!
  • Meg 4y

    so darling, I love that you travel with Plankton!!! Sigh...we get excited now if gas is under 4.00.
  • Lois_WA PRO 4y

    Oh, fantastic shots, Trina! Don't tell Plankton, but I actually remember $.20/gal (and being incensed when it got to $.25 because that meant that $2.00 would not fill my 10 gallon tank anymore!) Sigh!

    Enjoy! Can't wait to see what else you and Plankton get into!

    P.S. Thanks for the song, too! Great driving song, as long as you don't fulfill the sentiment!
  • Kevin Reilly 4y

    So, I discovered a long, long time ago and I'm very allergic to tumbleweeds. You know how I found this out? In grade school, I thought it would be a great idea to dress up as a tumbleweed for Halloween. And seeing that there were plenty in the neighborhood I grew up in, I grabbed a big one, hollowed out the middle a bit and jumped in. Biiiiiiiiiggggg mistake. :-)

    From that time on, for some crazy reason, I've never been a big fan of the desert. But, I've heard over and over again that Death Valley is worth the visit (if you go the right time of year, of course.) So, I'm once again envious of your travels. And of your photographic skills, of course. Ol' "One Eye" has never looked so good as at the wheel of a classic Chevy. And I really like how the view out the windows is so color coordinated too. Sweet.
  • Kirstin PRO 4y

    Well now, this is fantastic!
    I do love your Plankton (I had no idea he was called that) shots....
    I won't tell you how much we pay for petrol over here, because you wouldn't believe me! x
  • Andy Kennelly PRO 4y

    wow, you really made good use of your time in California! i love this set!
  • {katesea} PRO 4y

    Haha, Plankton is taking over! This is so cool. :) I'm also glad that you didn't run out of petrol, I bet that would've kinda ruined the California trip.
  • leanne829. 4y

    these are such great old time images! love these finds of yours!
  • Karen PRO 4y

    Fantastic composition and DOF, not to mention the humorous combination of visual subjects. I especially like the light quality and Plankton's green against the rusty auto interior. Well done!
  • Carmen Brown PRO 4y

    It's late (or early) and I'm off to bed..
    just wanted to drop by and say hi!
    this is just the cutest, the contrast in the green and rust is awesome!
    love it~

  • Ann Marie Oates 4y

    Lol love it!!!!!!!
  • Steve Reid 4y

    damn i must be old and rusty! ... i remeber both that car and i was one of those gas jockey's you mentioned that pumped gas, cleaned windows, etc ... ahhhhh, the days of .23/gal is long gone ....
  • Ansgar Speller 4y

    Cool! HTITFT!
  • Jan PRO 4y

    Plankton sure found a great place to play! Back in the day, full-service really meant full service.
  • (sam I am) 4y

    Trina, you are a regular magician with that camera and computer of yours. This is fabulous! And such fantastic energy from your model.
  • Reina 4y

    You made me smile!
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )
  • Martin Maturano 4y

    Nice... :) i like it a lot ! :)
  • Rivendell♥Photography PRO 4y

    Plankton is adorable in his vintage ride and I guess if you had to pay so much for gas at least it was a good photo op right :)?
  • Alejandra Peña 4y

    LOVE IT!! <3
  • Vasiliy iamthewalrus 2y

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