October 2018. A short visit to the "last free place in America" which turned out to be little more than a giant litter box in the desert for the disabled, disenfranchised, drug addled and disillusioned. Summer temperatures typically exceed 110 degrees. Water is the most precious commodity. People shit in the sand. Tires, bottles and pallets mark off territories. Armored Military vehicles traverse the area on the daily. Military drones surveil the residents overhead. Mob justice prevails. Imagine a society where Lord of the Flies meets Road Warrior and you get the picture.
Always wet, mostly boring, fairly predictable, sometimes very awesome to look at. But let a butterfly flap its wings in China, and I'm suddenly broken on the rocky shore of her natural irrationality. It's never just my fault. Though it always is.
Near Depoe Bay, Oregon - 1/17/2019
Video: Sugar Jets
Music: Lisa Gerrard - "Sacrifice"
Just before the Colorado/Wyoming border I came across a small church. The random, stubborn austerity of the place was an immediate attraction. The turnstile on the graveyard was amusing.
For more information about Virginia Dale, Colorado:
Virginia Dale Community Church (services every Sunday)
For more information about Jack Slade (infamous founder/member of the town he named after his wife, Virginia; enterprising founder/member of the original Pony Express; gun-slinging, wagon-mastering, alcohol-addled legend of the wild west, go here:
Gas Money: paypal.me/sugarjets
In this episode, we rigorously interrogate the initial proposition that Wyoming is "Like No Place on Earth," and thereafter proceed to document (for posterity) indisputable, empirical evidence in support of aforesaid theory. And fail.