At last! I got my lifetime US National Park pass; cost: ten dollars (and 62 years). This was a thrilling day! For the REST OF MY LIFE I can visit any National Park FOR FREE! The cost of the pass rises in a couple of weeks to $80, so I’m doing a lucky strut dance right now. In the distance, just behind the top right corner of the beloved pass, the steam/smoke of Halema‘uma‘u rises.
Besides getting the pass, I also cruised the island hoping to get in the ocean (but not accomplishing that) and taking photos of trippy stuff. Here you are:
It wasn’t a birthday celebrated in Venice, but it was a good day. In the evening, I attended a friend’s wake. On my birthday in Venice, I visited Isola di San Michele (Venice’s separate cemetery island). And now this year, a wake. It is a good idea to contemplate mortality; it pushes me to live more fully.