Monday, December 21, 2009

Summer Vacation Photos (Deadwood)

And here are some photos from historic Deadwood, once one of the most dangerous, sinful towns in the old West. Now, sadly, it's still trying to maintain that reputation by devolving into a cesspool of saloons, casinos, and complete disregard for history.

The last two photos are "before" and "after" photos. The first one was taken when we first got to the cemetery (where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock now rest eternally side by side), and the second was taken after my long trek up a steep incline and then back down it (I took the shortcut - a dramatic flying leap forward, landing on my knees).

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"