Huron National Forest and the Majesty of Real-Life Godzillas
August 20, 2015
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On day two of our Wep Ronpet vacation (i.e., last Friday), we decided to drive southeast from Gaylord through Huron National Forest. It was absolutely lovely there, and the following is some footage I managed to catch as we traveled through such small towns as Elmer and Mio (which are actually located within the forest). This footage doesn’t quite capture the full scope of what we saw while we were out there in Gods’ country, but it should give you at least some idea of how nice and pretty it was.
After driving through the forest, we hit the east coast of Michigan – the Lake Huron side – and made our way through such tourist towns as East Tawas. And that’s when the constant thunderstorms hit. At several points, the weather became so violent and brutal that we had to pull over on the side of the road and give the storms some time to pass over us. Eventually – by the time we reached Saginaw – we became tired and secured ourselves another hotel room for the evening. The storms wouldn’t dissipate until the next day.
While they were frustrating (not to mention frightening at various points), these storms were truly awesome to behold. On the one hand, it was like experiencing our very own Inundation of the Nile just in time for the Egyptian New Year. On the other hand, it made me think of how such storms are truly living things. They are born; they grow; they consume; they make waste; and they eventually weaken and return to the elements just as we ourselves do. As if to echo this thought, we caught a weather report on PBS about the oncoming El Nino storm that could make trouble for California (i.e., not the old one from the 1990s, but the new one that’s up and comin’). The reporters mentioned that this hurricane has been nicknamed “Godzilla,” and it all suddenly clicked in my brain. “YES,” I said, “That makes perfect sense!” Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and even your basic garden variety thunderstorms…they’re essentially real-life Godzilla monsters. They are gigantic animals that tear shit up and that human beings can do nothing to stop. The most we can do is take shelter and wait for them to go somewhere else (just like how it would be for people in Tokyo if Godzilla him/her/itself were actually real). Such forces can be truly terrifying and even lethal, but they are also beautiful, serene and pure.
(Come to think of it; should I ever contract a terminal illness, I might very well decide to go stand out in an open field during a hurricane or a tornado. I’d much rather be swallowed by one of these magnificent Typhonian daikaiju than be slain by some stupid disease…or even another human being, for that matter.)
Seth-Typhon might be infertile and incapable of siring offspring; but He is not without His children. I don’t know if He conjures them into existence with some kind of magic wand or what, but all storms are His babies in any case.