El Capitan Love

One of the world's great monoliths is in the news, courtesy of the amazing sheer-wall climb just completed by Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell.

I've loved on this place before at Wilfair HQ: El Capitan.

It's a giant GIANT enormous hunk of silvery-black granite in Yosemite National Park. In the fictional universe, it isn't all that far from The Redwoodian, the hotel that the Wilfair people retreat to in book #2.

Is it possible to obsessed with a rock? I'm obsessed with a few rocks -- hello Morro Rock, hello golden boulders of Joshua Tree National Park -- but I find once I start thinking of El Capitan, it gets up in my heart and mind for a few days. Do you have places like that?

I'm here to say, in case you've never seen it in person, that the media is not over-hyping it: It is truly epic. The scale is almost not to be believed, El Cap's beauty is unparalleled, and it is an important, mind-calming, dream-inspiring destination for many Californians (and people beyond our state's borders).

If a friend were to tell me that she wanted to change up her life, and needed a few days to think about how that might happen, I'd advise her to go sit in a meadow and look upon this granite wonder. Yep: I'm in its thrall.


Jill said...

I have a rock that I'm just drawn to, too. It's Lizard Butte in Idaho (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21452699)near where I grew up. It looks like a lizard perched on a hill. There's something secretive and thoughtful about it (plus it reminds me of home). And Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach, Oregon gives me thinky thoughts.

Wilfair Book said...

Jill! I know Haystack Rock, or at least have visited it once. It's supernaturally gorgeous, for sure, and has a sibling in California's Morro Rock. But I was not familiar with Lizard Butte. I must journey there soon as it is right up my nature-whimsical alley. Thanks for telling me about it!

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