A few highlights from my epic two and a half week trip up north. We visited the following National Parks: Death Valley, Sequoia, Pinnacles, Lassen Volcanic, Crater Lake, Olympic, Snoqualmie Falls (not a national park but idc), Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Bryce Canyon.
I’ve uploaded a selection of photos from the nearly two thousand I took and made it into an album here:
Postcard from 1943 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Dogfight for the Soul of Jesse Carstairs as waged between Sister Josephine Saranac and the scullery demon known as Travertine Gould at the Pinnacles on the Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota.
The incident became the basis for the Grammy-winning country and western ballad “The Devil Came to the Pinnacles on the Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota,” written and first recorded by Chester Keystone, and later popularized by Clarence Dupree of Clarence & the Publicly Disgraced Clergymen.
Though the song posits a clear-cut win for Sister Josephine and the Forces of Divine Rapture, the actual outcome was a bit more ambiguous, as the soul of 15-year-old Jesse Carstairs had already been harvested, shredded and fed to a breeding colony of shadow nips.
Located right in the middle of a quaint little town in California. Soledad is your original beautiful Little city, with old architectural designs and old school culture. Mexican men in groups of 5 with their old beautiful, traditional cowboy hats and smiles that will melt you. We ended up going to the visitor center there first to see if the park was open, once we got there we drove through millions of almond trees, that surrounded us and welcomed us into Pinnacles National Park.
This park was one of our favorites! The hiking was amazing, we ended up climbing rocks, and caves, climbing an awesome mountain. The park is beautiful, clean, and they had some awesome trails! A river runs through the whole park, there is water everywhere. You can stumble onto some waterfalls, we ended up really enjoying the feeling of feeling like children again and really exploring every inch of the area.
After exploring and hiking, we ended up setting up for dinner right in the parking lot. Had some soup and grilled cheese sandwiches lol. Twas a magical day!