chasm view

you know what I’m fucking sick to death of politicians and pundits saying we as a nation are too divided and need to work together. that everyone is sad when their side loses, and tomorrow we have to pull together. that it is our responsibility to be more open-minded to those with whom we disagree.

it’s a nice thought, but when one side advocates for the violent oppression of the other, reaching across the aisle is meaningless. when one side fears the other because they’re different and one side fears the other because they don’t want to be killed, there is a bigger problem.

so here’s a different message: you don’t have to be kind to people who want you dead. you don’t have to pull together with those who hate you. you are not responsible for the government’s inability to function. when someone hates your entire being, the bedrock of what you are and what you stand for, when someone is so frightened of your inner light they want to snuff you out you do not have to be kind to them.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

My first National Park in Colorado was one in a series of many stunning canyons that I have seen all over the the country. This steep and narrow gorge in the desert had no shortage of epic views from the edge. I arrived at the South Rim and stopped at the Visitor Center before joining a 1 hour geology talk with a ranger. We learned about the formation of the canyon and it’s geologic components, while stopping to observe a golden eagle gliding above after walking toward Tomichi Point via the Rim Trail. I continued driving Rim Drive Rd. west and stopped at Pulpit Rock, Devil’s Lookout, Chasm View and finally Painted Wall View. Each location provided a unique look at the canyon formations and Gunnison River below. The various “veins” of lighter-colored rock running through the canyon walls stood out to me especially. Again, I stopped at the visitor center to collect myself a souvenir and watch a short park film. Finally, I spent my evening at an affordable $16 primitive campsite in the South Rim Campground and rinsed off using my Solar Shower Bag. The Colorado rains rolled in again and covered up the sunset, but I was glad to have things cool down again.