Pinnacles: Amasa Warner

While on my way to Pinnacles National Park, my father and I happened to see a hitchhiker headed to the same place as us. We stopped the car to let him in, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him. Amasa Warner’s car had broken down the night before. Still eager to make the journey…

Pinnacles National Park

Hidden just East of the Salinas Valley, Pinnacles National Park is home to large stone slabs (pinnacles) that puncture the landscape. It is home to a wide array of animals including bats, bobcats, and even the endangered California Condor. The park gets its name from the innumerable amount of pinnacles that occupy the landscape. The…

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Sitting in Northern California, just East of Interstate Highway 5, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a thermal wonder featuring sulfur springs, volcanoes, and even snow. Lassen is home to all four types of volcanoes: shield, cinder cone, plug dome, and composite. The most famous volcano in Lassen Volcanic is the eponymous Lassen Peak, a plug…

Lassen Volcanic: John McHugh

One major part of the national parks that surround us are the people that frequent them. While visiting Lassen Volcanic, I had the pleasure of speaking with one such person, John McHugh. A traveller from Vermont, McHugh recently finished grad school and decided to pack his bag, drive west, and explore the beauty that the…

How to Shotgun a Beer

        Shotgunning a beer is the act of ingesting a full twelve oz beer as fast as your body and the can will allow you. It involves creating a unidirectional flow of fluid to allow the beer to freely move through the opening of the can. Any college student could benefit from…