Friday, June 17, 2011
A Little Time Offline
It feels like forever since I have been online. Actually, it’s only a couple of days. We went to Yosemite and between lack of a signal and being awed by the surroundings, I only used my BlackBerry to take pictures.
Thanks to newspaper articles and national TV news stories about how fabulous the water falls were this year, everybody and their uncle was there, too. But it was a nice crowd. It’s hard not to be happy in Yosemite. The air is filled with a zillion good ions from the waterfalls, the air smells of pine, and everywhere you look, there is something beautiful to see.
The top picture is me at the base of Yosemite falls. Too bad you can’t feel the bracing mist being blown over me as the falling water creates its own wind.
The second was taken from Glacier point looking down on Yosemite Valley. That tiny falls is the same one I was standing at the base of in the first picture. Glacier point is at the top of Yosemite and there was still plenty of snow up there. It feels like you are on top of the world - because I guess you are.
It was wonderful being there and I brought back a slew of mental images. All I have to do is close my eyes and I’m standing on the island in the Merced River as water rushes around me. It’s filled with energy from pouring over two waterfalls and then downhill over piles of rocks. I can see the white water rapids in the middle of the water and the see through clearness of the still water near the shore.
If I fast forward ahead, my mental picture becomes the giant redwood trees. So tall, you get dizzy leaning back to see the tops.
And then there’s the money shot from the Valley at the end of the day looking up at Half Dome still catching the sun.
That’s the cool thing about travel. You get to enjoy it while you’re somewhere and then when you come back you can relive moments of it in your mind.
What travel image do you most like to go back to in your mind?