Wednesday, June 27, 2007

“Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.”

Last week things were going on busy with some or the other task. I didn’t know until Thursday evening that we are going to Yosemite and we are going to stay there for 2 days. I had to work long hours to leave work early. I had a good team lunch on Friday, since a new person has joined our team. After lot of discussion and consideration we went to this Afghani Restaurant which is famous for its authentic food and good customer service. We really had good time with some good discussions around…different countries, currencies…US economy, India, China and above all company shares etc. We also decided this kind of event should be more often as this is like a team building event ;)! After lunch I rushed home and packed some stuff and rushed to pick other friends who were going to join us.

“A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Journey was cool…when you have friends around to talk and have fun. Though traffic was hectic still we reached late and another group of friends were waiting there and I have to mention that these were the ones who actually made this trip a success. We went to the Glacier’s point and believe me by the time we reached here it was getting dark as the drive is so long…but to my surprise watching nature in moon light was my first and utmost experience.

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.” ~ Albert Einstein

Really, this place can be called another God’s own place. I just loved the nature, the beauty…with which its kept intact! I have heard from grannies how it was all fresh and real in there days and now I proudly feel we also have something if not all…real that we can boast of :D

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~ George Washington

Night was a bit tiring…when we went to our hotel rooms I just remembered London Hotels where the interiors were British kind, even the posters were that of ancient English women dressed up in all her long big gowns flowing all over the floor.

One thing I forgot to mention…the cell phones don’t work here. So if you need to contact your friend who is in the neighboring barn cottage you have to drive / walk down till there and so we got our wake-up call with a knock on the door. When we asked who’s this…we were told ‘room service’ hahaha it was funny when we saw our friend coming in and asking us to get ready and rush for breakfast to there cottage since the kitchen was there and they did a nice job by preparing breakfast for all.

Its been long since I had such trips …this reminds me of my school days when we used to go for camping as scouts and guides and we used to have all kinds of fun!

“So live that your memories will be part of your happiness”

I was told its going to be very cold however, learning from past experience I had my shorts and t-shirt and believe me it was much relief as it was getting hot and hiking was already in the agenda. We had a good near by river bath…where it was flowing water with lots of turbulence in between and if you try to swim against it …it will take more time to move 5 minutes distance from where you are. Quite an interesting event …I took lots of pictures…and this red dragon fly caught my eyes and I was just following this one.

In the middle of all this fun we forgot that its past lunch time – 3 p.m. We reached a place where we could park and this buddy of ours was smart enough to pick a spot some where inside the bushes hidden with pine trees the benches where we could have our lunch. It seemed very private and no one to disturb. We had a good lunch as everyone was hungry and had a good relaxation time. By now, when we are planning for further places to go we are half sleep.

I had a good nap in the car while going around. When I woke up I was desperate for a coffee…but to my bad luck there were none! I got cold coffee, cappuccino but none of them were hot. I remembered my Korea trip where I had struggled to get a simple regular coffee…and I had to walk miles and miles when I saw Starbucks but not to get a coffee instead they gave me cold cappuccino.

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” ~ Hal Borland

“Map out your future - but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.”

See the moon out there.................


The waterfall which I expected the least in this season :)“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ M.K.Gandhi

"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration"

Still life is beautiful…had some cool photography by the time it was sun set and to my surprising the cliffs were hiding the setting sun behind them and hence I couldn’t get a glance of sun-set.

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

I understand this place is huge and needs more than a week to cover. But the best is its nature…mother nature who entertains you ….with all her beauty…I thought of you all and brought some in my camera for you ;)

“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect” ~ Johann Wolfgang

14 comments:

Keshi said...

Isnt this Earth the most beautiful experience!

A very beautiful post too Dawny.

Keshi.

pria said...

Mountains, lakes, falls hmmm wat not are always beautiful to get away from thousand things in mind.

Nice pics and good write up.

StandbyMind said...

Looks u ve had one nice experience..
yeah nature is so beuatiful..so amazing and so giving!

Michelle said...

seems like u had a great time...and id love to try afghani food some day!! shorwa et al :D

`NEFTY said...

Lovely place!
That bug would've creeped me out though O_o

उन्मुक्त said...

nice pictures

Kalyan said...

WoWWW...some awesome shots there & it was lovely reading your description!

Art said...

What beautiful photos! Glad you had a good time.

Gumnaaaam said...

Aha! Seems like my adorable friend is back on the former track haan ;)
It was great reading about your travelogue and after looking at all those photographs and reading all those fun stuffs I can certainly declare that you had an awesome time out there :)..
Nature surely is the best connector of man to God and life, and I wish you a life time stay inside these borders where life and living are at its best ;) May God bestows the blessing of feeling the warmth in natures arms forever.

Rock on & enjoy
Cheers :)

mystic rose said...

Oh God, I love it. the pics are awesome. Thanks for posting them. Cant wait to visit it again soon..

Manish said...

wah, bhai bahut adhiya raha aapka vivran. red dragon ki to behad sundar tasveer kheenchi hai.

shades of twilight said...

very beautiful pictures...! thanks for sharing..!

krystyna said...

I'm happy reading about your wonderful time you had. Without coffee and the cell phones? OMG. Interesting.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos too.
Good luck to you!

Dawn....सेहर said...

keshi: Thanks dear
Cheers

pria: I appreciate your thoughts dear thanks’
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standbymind: Yes indeed! Thanks
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michelle: Yes do try …am sure you will enjoy
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nefty: yes its scary to go near the bug…as they all look beautiful from far :D
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उन्मुक्त: Thanks dear
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kalyan: Thanks so much dear
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art: Thanks dear…yes I did
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gumnaaaam: oh lord…look who’s here :D
Thanks so much dear
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mystic rose: Yes…that’s the real beauty that we never get over it
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manish: aapka bhut bahut shukriya
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shades of twilight: Thanks and your welcome always here
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krystyna: Yes…sometimes one must take risk and find the trill of being in there :D Loved all your beautiful words dear
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