I am late jumping into this week’s challenge because I’ve been on an adventure! I’ve been in California for the last week visiting family and taking excursions. I lived in CA for 15 years, but it’s been 4 years since I’ve been there. In the interim, they’ve established a new National Park. The Pinnacles have been designated a National Monument since 1908, but 2 years ago it became a National Park. And it’s still the newest one. My father and brother used to hike there years ago and raved about it to me. This week I made my first visit. California condors have been reintroduced to the area, but I didn’t see one. I did see a tarantula and a wild bobcat, though! The tarantula was in one of the caves that was formed when giant boulders from the top of the Pinnacles crashed down into the canyons. It was very dark under there, and it took me a while to figure out how to photograph the critter. The CCC built some very helpful trails with stairs and railings in the 1930s that make exploring those caves and getting up to the rim of Pinnacles relatively easy. What you might not notice in the photos is the silence. Yes, even in California, one can find silence. Solitude. Space. But those places seem to be shrinking every year as population and development boom. The state has changed since I left in 1991. And it will keep changing. Some changes are good though. It’s nice to know that condors live there now.