topic_interest is exactly Wyoming
2021-06-09In the summer of 2021, I accepted an adjunct job at a college back East. Rather than spend half the salary on rent and in order to socially distance from others, I fixed up a Toyota Sienna minivan so I could live in it for the summer. This was the first trip I had taken since the late winter of 2020. On the drive out from California, I stopped to climb a mountain in Wyoming and had the trail to the summit mostly to myself. Here's what I wrote about it on Facebook: "View of Laramie Peak (elev. 10,275) in present day Wyoming, an important landmark on the Oregon Trail. For those emigrants not from Appalachia or northern New England, it was the first really big mountain they’d ever seen and it loomed in front of them for several days as they approached it from the plains. Mark Twain passed by here in 1861 and recollected later, speaking about the mountain in the third person: 'Looming vast and solitary -- a deep, dark, rich indigo blue in hue, so portentously did the old colossus frown under his beetling brows of storm-cloud. He was thirty or forty miles away, in reality, but he only seemed removed a little beyond the low ridge at our right.'"
2020-09-25Isolation has been so difficult for some of us. I chose this video because it represents the opposite of depression, hopelessness, and despair. @Doggface208 was skateboarding and drinking juice through a hill towards his job while listening to Fleetwood Mac. This TikTok video went viral, in the first 20 hours had more than 4 million views, but it also provided some hope, calm, and happiness to the complicated reality of the pandemic. Social media users even commented about this video as "This part of 2020 doesn’t suck", "This guy didn’t know he saved 2020".