August 6th, 2007
|09:47 am - To Camp in Gerunds|
Things That Are Amusing/Interesting/Fun/Hilarious/Notable While Camping in Sequoia National Park with Your Family:
- Finishing Stardust, which, though good, is different from the movie in several ways and quite anticlimactic in the way Gaiman often seems to be.
- Requiring five people to put up a tent.
- Being told it is a FEDERAL CRIME to park on the dirt.
- Seeing three wild deer just walking around in the grass.
- Violently thwapping branches against trees and logs to break them (the branches, not the trees and logs).
- Noticing that bears who get a taste for human food and become dangerous must be "destroyed," rather than "killed" or "put down" or "executed" or anything else that doesn't sound like they blow them up with a fucking rocket launcher
- Referring to your ten-year-old cousin as Bear Bait.
- Reading in a tent by flashlight.
- Roasting your sock over the campfire to dry it.
- Playing with your mom's foldable cane.
- Seeing the largest living thing on earth, by volume: General Sherman, the Giant Sequoia of Giant Destiny.
- Noticing the various accents, languages, and ethnicities represented by the tourists.
- Walking into Crescent Meadow, a lovely array of tall, white flowers, and laughing at your siblings and cousins pretending to be in a Bollywood song-and-dance routine.
- Seeing a rattlesnake on the trail, slithering away and shaking its rattle.
- Almost being killed by a tiny pine cone that drops from hundreds of feet in the air and makes an unholy zoooooooming sound right in front of you.
- Wondering what its terminal velocity was.
- Slapping a giant sequoia's absurdly soft, spongy bark.
- Hugging it afterwards.
- Checking out Tharp's Log, the log that Tharp lived in for years, with a wooden table and a wooden shelf and a wooden bed and a wooden...you get the picture.
- Rushing to the side of a standing-room-only shuttle to catch a glimpse of a bear, a bear!
- Wondering what mad genius decided graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate would make a potent combination.
- Using a lantern.
- Listening to your Shuffle as a way to escape from the madness.
- Experiencing the rejuvenating powers of the gold-filled Hume Lake.
- Discovering that the band name Straylight Run is a Neuromancer reference.
- Finishing Neuromancer and realizing that countless video games like Shadowrun, movies like The Matrix, and books like Snow Crash (and even Perdido Street Station) were all influenced by it.
Current Mood: rejuvenated
Current Music: Incubus - Here in My Room