In 2019 we started something new. My good friends Felipe and Tanarra and I committed to hitting at least one national park every year for some hiking. This year we chose the Badlands and the Black Hills in South Dakota. If you haven’t been, you should make the trip, though I recommend flying and not driving if you live in…
I’ve been to a lot of conventions over the years, but I had never been to the largest, most well known, comic book convention in the world. My friends Phil and Jon have been going every year for the past several years, and ended up having an open slot, so I jumped at the chance to experience the madness for myself… And it was nuts.
When I got out to California the first thing I did was look for outdoors things to do. The hiking in the bay area is amazing and it didn’t take me too long to find the site, Redwood Hikes. After my solo quest in Big Basin I knew I wanted to tackle the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Of course being me, I wasn’t going to take 3 days to do it or take the shorter route.
I could not help feeling that they were evil things — mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.
So I did it. I said yes after a month of wrangling and now I write this from a one bedroom apartment in Sunnyvale California. It still isn’t real to me, feeling more like a business trip than a relocation. This going to take some getting used to.