From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
I apologize to those of you checking in for a game update. My opponent has totally disappeared. I'm sure it's work related, but I do wish he'd extend the simple courtesy of emailing, "Hey, no turns for the next xx days." Or, "Hey, turns very sporadic this week."
Now, to get some of my writing fix for the day, I'll respond to Walloc's question about Yosemite.
Me and my family of confirmed southerners made our first ever trip to California earlier this year. We had a blast. We spent six nights in the state - four camping and two in hotels. We saw some of the great sights: Death Valley, Sequoia National Park, King's Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco.
Yosemite is so spectacularly pretty that it's almost hard to believe. We approached from the south after camping at Wawona Campground. This may be the best way to approach the main valley as you get the full effect of Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome. Just an awesome sight. Our main activity in the park was a long hike up to Middle Yosemite Falls.
I think my two favorite things in California were Death Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge. The latter is just spectacular - great examples of mankind doing something majestic and exquisite. The Statue of Liberty and the Gateway Arch would be two other examples of Americans doing something that is majestic, non tacky, and non commercial. (Okay, the French did the Statue of Liberty, but you know what I mean.) Sometimes we use our liberty to really do tacky things (billboards, corporate names for stadiums, and tayloring ballgame schedules to television's whims, for instance).
That's my opinion for today. Tune back in tomorrow for the next installment of my blog.