NPT010: Inspired by Pinnacles National Park, December 2015. When I visited, Pinnacles was the newest of the 59 National Parks, signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013. One of the unusual features of the park is a series of talus caves that are home to at least thirteen species of bats. I scrambled through some of these caves during my visit and it made me think about my own mild claustrophobia which has caused me to avoid exploring caves in the past. Continue reading “Cavesong”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“Into the Wild”

NPT001: Inspired by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1997. I made what felt like a breakthrough observation a few days ago that one of the earliest songs that I ever wrote and recorded was actually inspired by a National Park and should be included in this project. I wrote “Into the Wild” at a time when I was frequently camping and backpacking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The title was definitely influenced by the 1996 book by Jon Krakauer, which I had read around the same time but part of why I found the book fascinating was that it hinted at the allure of the outdoors that drove me to want to visit the first park that I became familiar with as an adult. Continue reading “Into the Wild”