Monday, April 22, 2013

Pressing Pause

     It's flat out amazing how refreshing it can be to push the pause button on life.  This  past week, I ditched work and headed to Yosemite for several days.  Don't get me wrong. It's not as if I were irresponsible. I had these comp days coming since last summer,  That's when I made the reservations at the Yosemite Lodge (good quality hotel but not to be confused with the majestic Ahwanee Hotel).  The weather gods must have been happy with me as night time temps were around 40 degrees and the days were clear blue sky days with temps approaching 70 degrees.  Amazing.  The Valley is not crowded on a random week in the spring and the falls are in full gusher mode.  The deciduous trees are budding and the wildflowers are gearing up for their full spring show.

    Yes, I am an ocean person but Yosemite completely captivates me.  I cannot be in that place and have my mind race.  The job place hassles, the worries about family members, even the pain from the recent hand surgery all drift away.  I can breathe and fill my senses with the moment.  I wish I could give this feeling to you, kind reader, but about the best I can do is share a few photos.  Listen to the wind in the trees and the falls barreling down the rocks.  Just be.


  1. Your wonderful photos have conveyed the beauty and rejuvenation of Yosemite and I can almost feel the mountain air. The last time I was at Yosemite it was late summer and there was a drought. The falls were all dried up.

  2. I can think of few places to push the pause buttoni that are more beautiful than's long been a place on my bucket list :)

  3. The photos were a great way to start the day. My dad and his girlfriend spent some time there this past summer on a month-long cross-country road trip to visit my sister's family in California. It was one of his favorite parts of the whole trip.

  4. You captured Yosemite with your words and images. So glad you got a break and time to absorb such beauty!

  5. It's so nice to get away, and Yosemite is a great place to be still in. Glad you had the time.

  6. Wow, If those pictures are any refection of the level of relaxation you had then it's looks and sounds wonderful. Glad you got away.

  7. So many memories, but no photos. Now the picture is more complete for me.

  8. I’ve never been to Yosemite. Thanks for the glimpse. Your photos are stunning.
    Boy, right about now, I could sure use a breath of fresh air to “just be".

    1. How quickly the pause that was Yosemite fades.....

  9. Hi Gracie.
    Thank you so much for your kind visit at Tina's page at my place "Getting to know...." sorry i am late here,
    I am a tree lover and i posted few blog posts on tree related ones. OMG! these are lovely pics, hats off to you for this wonderful creations.
    Keep posting
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    Best Regards
    Philip Ariel

  10. A nice getaway. I was there as a child in about 1961 I guess. Not as crowded back then probably. We stayed in some kind of weird tent-like things with wooden floors. I think I heard recently that they've gotten rid of those accommodations.

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