Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spearfish Canyon (South Dakota) - In Another Minute (Week 229)


Spearfish Canyon (South Dakota) - In Another Minute (Week 229) 

The scenic byway through Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota offers views of majestic rock walls, Ponderosa and Spruce forests, the Spearfish Creek and several waterfalls, namely Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls.

Driving through Spearfish Canyon (during week 228, actually) continued our, unexpectedly spiritual, road trip through Wyoming and South Dakota with the special request from a friend to return a Condor feather, once provided by a healer, to the canyon in the Black Hills. We made the quest to find the right place along the Spearfish Creek our own and, at least I, felt very connected to the land and the energy of all the people who have made their life and their quests in these hills. It was a transforming journey. And if you seek such a healing experience, let me recommend exploring Spearfish canyon... maybe you'll even find the Condor feather...

Around Spearfish Canyon, you can find the towns of Spearfish, Deadwood, Lead and Sturgis. Besides beautiful vistas, there is a lot of Old West history here (like the graves of Wild Bill Hikock and Calamity Jane) and many people traveling on Harley's.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of "Fool's Gold" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Josh!

Spearfish Falls - Spearfish Canyon - South Dakota

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater (Photos)

 
A few photos I took on different occasions at the Holiday Twin Drive-In while shooting the video "Drive-In Movie Theater – In A Colorado Minute (Week 227)" for my weekly 1-minute web series Moving Postcard.

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater
Fort Collins, Colorado

Cars lining up at the Holiday Twin Drive-In
Fort Collins, Colorado

Drive-In movie screens awaiting the crowds at sunset

The backdrop of the Foothills and the big sky make the Holiday Twin Drive-In experience even more special

Pure Nostalgia: Holiday Twin Drive-In Shirt

Moon over the car line at the Drive-In entrance. You just don't get that play of lights at your regular movie theater.

The exceptionally friendly at the entrance makes up for the "no alcohol" rule ;-)

It's almost time for the movie at the Holiday Twin Drive-In

Cars and more cars at the Drive-In Movie Theater

Lovely retro advertisement for concessions at the Holiday Twin Drive-In

I prefer Goobers, but I love the vintage advertisement for the Chilly Dilly pickle.


It's all about the shared experience of drinks, snacks and films at the Drive-In - as it has been for many decades.

The Holiday Twin Drive-In as seen from down the street.

Someone snuck subliminal advertisement for local marijuana dispensary Flower Power Botanicals into my time-lapse video of the Holiday Drive-In in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The golden hour views of the sky behind the movie screen is maybe the main reason why watching a film outdoors will always be more special than sitting inside a movie theater or on your couch at home.
(This picture is from my Instagram stream)
You can read more about the drive-in movie theater experience and watch the video HERE.

Monday, September 15, 2014

First Aid Kit - "My Silver Lining" (#MusicMonday)

It's been a few months since my last Music Monday post. Haven't had really had the extra time to write. But that doesn't mean I haven't been listening to lots of great music...

My favorite song of recent months which I keep playing over and over again is "My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit, the Swedish sisters who made one of my favorite albums of the year: Stay Gold.

They're currently on tour in Europe and North America. I highly recommend going to see them. They are much more energetic on stage than there recorded music might suggest. 

Hope you enjoy the song and the video directed by Elliott Sellers as much as I do. And do keep on keeping on...


FIRST AID KIT - MY SILVER LINING from Elliott Sellers on Vimeo.

First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge (Wyoming) - In Another Minute (Week 228)

  Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge (Wyoming) - In Another Minute (Week 228)

Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is a powerful sight to behold.

Rising 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding mellow hills, forests and grasslands and with the summit at 5,114 feet / 1,559 m above sea level, the unique mountain inspires awe and imagination. Many of you will probably have seen Devils Tower in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Stephen Spielberg. But I am now more fascinated by how it inspired Native American.

The different tribe's names for the monolith mostly relate to bears: Bear's House (Cheyenne, Crow), Bear's Lair (Cheyenne, Crow), Bear's Lodge (Cheyenne, Lakota), Bear's Lodge Butte (Lakota), Bear's Tipi (Arapaho, Cheyenne), Tree Rock (Kiowa), Aloft on a Rock (Kiowa), and Grizzly Bear Lodge (Lakota). It has inspired wonderful origin tales that often include the monolith rising from the surface to save someone from a bear, which in turn left his claw marks on the Tower's surface

It is still considered a spiritual place today, which is the reason for the ribbons and scarves left on trees. And if you're open to it, I believe you can feel a natural power. Maybe even only because nature (possibly as the result of a volcano) created such a unique, large and seemingly ever-lasting structure.
It struck me as a bit odd that the English name on the other hand refers to something negative, the devil. Turns out that some dude just gave the wrong translation and now that now some people are worried that changing the name to the more appropriate Bear Lodge would hurt the tourist trade. Devils Tower was declared the first US National Monument in 1906.

You are allowed to climb the mountain - however, we didn't see any climbers that day - only soaring birds and the ladder high up between the ridges, which you can see in the video if you look very closely. The prairie dogs in the video are a nod to my friends Mike and Brad in Albuquerque, who first suggested a visit to Devils Tower in response to my video about Prairie Dogs.

As we approached Devil's Tower and as we walked all around it, I kept getting the sense of the classic calm rock in the turbulent sea that is our lives. It was the first stop on last week's road trip through the Black Hills of Wyoming and North Dakota, which felt more spiritual than expected - as soon as we saw three meteors with long fiery tales cross the night sky on our drive up through Wyoming shortly after leaving Colorado.

The trip continued to be rather spiritual for me - connecting with astonishing displays of nature, contemplating how the Native Americans live so close to the land, fulfilling an actual spiritual mission on behalf of a friend, spending time with those I love, exploring and transitioning and finally reaching the most beautiful sight as we happened upon Sylvan Lake at sunset in Custer State Park. I shot a lot of video over those days and I hope you'll be back to watch video of Spearfish Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Needles Highway. On this road trip, we didn't make it over to the Badlands. But now I have another road trip to look forward to. Thank you for joining me on my explorations!

The song featured in the video is by Josh Woodward and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

I will soon display more related photos right here on this blog...

Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge
Wyoming

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Drive-In Movie Theater - In A Colorado Minute (Week 227)

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater - In A Colorado Minute (Week 227)

Fun highlights of this and last year's summer have been our evenings at the Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater  in Fort Collins, Colorado. Making it a romantic date or a whole party with friends - it's always a great time at the drive-in.

The Holiday Twin with its two screens offers you two different special behind-the-screen vistas: around one screen the sky opposite the sunset will show you the most lovely display of pink clouds; around the other screen you get to see the Foothills skyline accentuated by the setting sun behind the hills. So I highly recommend getting to the drive-in as soon as they open so you can get a great spot for your car, set-up your chairs, couch or deck out the bed of your truck with a mattress, grab some food and drinks and enjoy the views and the company you brought... all that even before the movie starts.

Supposedly, the USA used to have thousands of drive-in theaters. Today, there are only a few hundred left. The Holiday Twin is a family-run business and everyone working there is super nice. Even when a friend forgot to put on the emergency break and her car crashed into a fence, they were amazingly gracious. I love going to this theater and am grateful, we still get to experience this American cultural phenomenon and support a local family business.

The drive-in season is not quite over yet. But if neither I nor you make it again this year, there's always next summer...

By the way, in the time-lapse section of the video, you get to see a few of my friends and some subliminal advertising. If you can name the company, I'll send you something from them...

The song featured in the video is the instrumental version of “Water in the Creek” by Josh Woodward. his song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, yet again, Josh!

In rather different news: I'm posting this video while on the road in South Dakota. I've already shot two upcoming videos yesterday... While I'm currently in Deadwood, I don't think I'll make a video about this town. You'll have to see it with your own eyes one day. Next I'm going to check out the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. It's a full on Americana Road Trip!!!

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater
Fort Collins, Colorado
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