First stop on our 3-day escape from the local landscape:
Pinnacles National Monument.
Heart of the restoration project designed to rescue California Condors from the brink of extinction.
Where we were surprised to encounter Joseph Smith in the wilderness. Just where you might expect to meet Joseph Smith wearing a name tag, right? Wearing uniquely-identifiable clothing? In the wilderness?
Things got really strange when he personally invited us to session in which he taught about the natural living conditions of "family groups of 7 males and 3 females."
Acorn woodpecker family groups, that is.
By marlin harms [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
But truly the ranger's name is Joseph Smith. Meeting him was a spiritual experience (of sorts) for me.
Perhaps you, too, will feel the joy when you visit Pinnacles National Monument. And maybe you'll spot a condor.
Or at the very least, an acorn woodpecker.