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Save Points around the US

California

  • save points: any in-and-out burger
  • HP: a street puddle (the ocean doesn’t count)

Washington:

  • Save Point: small organic restaurant bistros
  • HP: chew on pine needles

West:

  • Save Point: weird rock formations that don’t look like they should be that way
  • HP: an alien sighting

Colorado:

  • save point: fist-bumping anyone smoking a joint outside
  • HP: roll in the snow

Wyoming:

  • Save point: your own existential feeling of emptiness
  • HP: find another human being and caress them

Midwest:

  • Save Point: Hell is Real sign
  • HP: The Corn God, pray to him, he may listen

The Rust Belt:

  • Save points: none, make deals with local industrial God NPCs and extend your gameplay
  • HP: that goddamn pizza with too much cheese

New England:

  • Save Point: someone complaining about the weather
  • HP: physically fighting someone over the patriots  

New York City: 

  • Save Point: any subway entrance
  • HP: nearest rat. grab it with your bare hands

The South: 

  • save point: ‘Jesus Saves’ bumper sticker
  • HP: chug that sweet tea boii

Florida

  • Save Point: tourist with a sunburn
  • HP: getting bingo

Texas: if you die in Texas you die in real life

No, this isn’t another planet. It’s Skyline Rim, near Factory Butte in eastern Utah. Massive wrinkles in the rugged landscape give this place an otherworldly appearance, especially in the fading light of dusk. Photo courtesy of Brock Slinger.

Near the village of Vik, south Iceland  lies a small enclosed canyon, sheltered on all sides by steep, moss-covered vertical mountains. The floor of the canyon is a grassy plain, about the size of an American football field, which serves as a camping site. For the less adventurous, nine recently built, snug pine huts are also available for hire

A lovely little freshwater stream trickles though the camping site and in front of the houses and the surrounding landscape is spectacular. A hiker´s paradise

You will see all manner of weird and wonderful rock formations, scenic panoramic views that go on forever and even the remains of no less than two movie sets, Beowulf and the American tv show Game of Thrones, parts of which were filmed right here

Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations that at makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale #yorkshire. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape. #nationaltrust

the son you always had (II)

part I

note: the title comes from the song “above the clouds of pompeii”, which I listen to on repeat always, and this chapter was originally the whole thing until I got carried away (as usual).

II. 2012

Even though he’s not supposed to, Will knows what his house is really made from.

Other kids have houses built from bricks and mortar, or linoleum siding, or wood and nails and the sweat of their grandfathers. Will’s been in houses like that. Sturdy on the outside and warm on the inside.

Will’s house is made of secrets and ghosts, and it is fragile, and it is always empty.

Sometimes he comes home from school and his grandma is there instead of his dad. He guesses he should be grateful for this: he has friends whose parents have disappeared without saying a word to anyone. When his dad disappears - to the desert or Greenland or some farm town in Iowa - he always makes sure someone is there to take care of Will.

And he always brings back a postcard. When Will was younger he loved those postcards. He tacked them up all over his room: pictures of weird rock formations, skyscrapers, glaciers, towns built into cliffs. Now that he’s older, he’d rather have a normal dad than a thousand postcards, but there’s no take-backs when it comes to parents.

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You can find many beautiful and magical places in Iceland. One of them is Þakgil, a small enclosed canyon, sheltered on all sides by steep moss-covered vertical mountains and a lovely little freshwater stream trickles though

You will see all manner of weird and wonderful rock formations on the way, scenic panoramic views that go on forever and even the remains of  two movie sets, Beowulf and Game of Thrones, parts of which were filmed here