Death Valley. Devil’s Cornfield. Cow skulls and desolate expanses and a real stagecoach parked outside the General Store at Stovepipe Wells.
Slipping down the long, oily snake of a road between dunes and scrub in an air-conditioned Jeep, spaghetti western soundtracks playing, it’s easy to believe you’re in a giant theme park here. The nomenclature adds to the effect. The spare landscape and the whacked-out scale cause optical illusions, and the punishing heat slows your brain and body down, heightening the surreal nature of your surroundings.
It doesn’t feel real, so it doesn’t feel dangerous. Until you’re a mile out on the cracked, salty tundra. Without water and with your cowboy hat just-purchased from the gift shop barely offering resistance from the sun. The safe cocoon of your jeep a pinprick in the distance, though no landmarks ever shifted shape on the way out.
Until you realize the only way this land has been tamed by man is in naming it, and that those names are not just for show, perhaps they’re not even bravado. The landscape is as harsh and unforgiving as the names suggest.
NB: Parts of this moment are fictional (I would never buy a cowboy hat from a gift shop).
An invitation to be in the moment
This morning we decided on a spontaneous trip to Baker Beach with our two-year-old son.
Our city by the bay is done with Summer. That summertime fog that we wake up to is no more.
Homeward bound after a month in the USA
One day-One Hour- One Minute- It will happen. It is inevitable. Except it already has.
Top 10 Things To Do In San Francisco
If you live in San Francisco, you know to avoid Eddy and Leavenworth Street... *stab*
Wrote this the day after the attacks in Paris but was reminded of it this morning when I read the news about the bombing in Turkey
In Search of Color