Tuesday, November 06, 2007


I took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park this weekend and spent most of Saturday commenting on how clear it was, and how nice it was to breathe fresh air and how different it smells once you get away from LA. When you hike in LA you get to the top and see something cool like viewing tubes--

what an awesome idea, even better than those giant binoculars-- no quarters necessary, they work for free! And you peer through the awesome viewing tubes and you see this:

breathtaking, yes? Breathtaking in an "I really shouldn't be out here breathing this" sort of way...

exhibit 2: I've had a Yosemite bumper sticker on the back of my car for about two years. A tasteful sketch of halfdome in a beautiful blue sky and fluffy white clouds behind it. And the clouds have turned brown. Air pollution is actually affecting my bumper sticker.

So being in Joshua Tree really did feel like a breath of fresh air. I think that's why we were so shocked by this sign:

Simon commented that I probably should not have been out in those conditions, but I'm fairly certain if they had that on the LA city limit it would read "Air Quality: Asthma Attack" right next to one that says "Welcome to Los Angeles-- Lung Donors Welcome!"


Simon said...

Now that I realize that's the view through the tube and not the full moon, I agree that it's disgusting. I am considering getting you a gas mask for Christmas.

~M~ said...

I can't decide whether this post is funny or sad... either way, you should come home for a visit soon!