July was a light travel month, a welcome respite after the near two months of straight level I had between May and June. I purchased a 1958 Terry Trailer, fourteen feet long with all the original appliances. It's being used as my home base for working on my Redding property. We're working on making things more livable up there for us including a camp shower and compost toilet (read a bucket with sawdust).
Lassen Volcanic National Park
I took my boyfriend out to Lassen Volcanic National park for the first time. It's one of my favorite parks in California. There was snow, epic vistas, and waterfalls. Unfortunately, snow blocked the highway part way into the park and we were unable to see some of the more interesting, and volcanic, sections of the park.
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WHAT I READ
Sadly. I've read few books by African authors since college, so I was excited when a friend recommended Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor, a post-apocalyptic magical realist text. I enjoyed the origin tale and the setting of Sudan, but I thought the ending was anti-climatic and the third act fell flat compared to the first two acts.
When I finished the Dark Tower series, I asked friends on Facebook for recommendations, especially books by women, people of color, and people from the LGBTQI community. One friend recommended The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, a post-apocalyptic feminist novel by a local SF Bay Area author. This book is everything I've ever wanted a post-apocalyptic novel to be. It had great character development, wonderful descriptions of the western United States, and truly captured the vulnerability and terror women would feel if they were a scarcity.
The Book of Etta follows the Unnamed Midwife universe a hundred years later. It further develops the topics of gender fluidity and identity, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. It was not nearly as impactful for me as the first book, but I still tore through it in a day.
WHAT I WATCHED
Game of Thrones is back! This means every Sunday night at 6 pm is devoted to watching the new episode. I also started watching Preacher, which was over the top and fun; I definitely want to watch more.
WHAT I ATE
I discovered a couple good restaurants in Redding: From the Hearth, La Cabana, and Papa Casey's Grill.
COMING UP IN AUGUST 2017
I'll be heading to Astoria, Oregon the first weekend of August.