For the past couple of months, Dan has been back and forth to California every other week on business. This weekend, I got to join him and we spent a couple of days at Yosemite National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country.
First, though, we stopped to see Dan's sister, Carol, and her partner in life and crime, Sonja. They have a beautiful home that they've remodeled, with a couple of acres filled with all kinds of trees and a budding vineyard. Sonja is The.Best.Cook. and she made a fabulous dinner of filet mignon with some-kind-of-wonderful-sauce, grilled asparagus, a salad-to-die-for, and for dessert . . . there was the most delicious chocolate torte to celebrate our anniversary, which is actually tomorrow. We felt so cherished. Well, I was feeling cherished, Dan was just devouring his delicious dinner.
That night, we drove to the town where Dan spends half of his time these days and I got to see all the landmarks that he's told me about. Now, when we talk on the phone, I can picture where he's working. The next morning we arrived Yosemite. There aren't words to describe it all and my pictures will hardly do it justice.
Bridal Veil Falls. . .
This granite rock formation, called El Capitan, attracts climbers from all over the world. See the dark gray patch that is shaped like North America? To the left is a giant eyebrow, turned sideways. At the very bottom of the eyebrow. . .
. . .were some rock climbers. In the center of this picture. Just hanging there. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll get a better view. Apparently, it can take a couple of days to climb to the top, so the climbers will sleep there!
There were the most spectacular trees! Ponderosa pine trees, cedar trees, and magnificent sequoias.
Look at this one. I'm 6'. Do the math. . .
We stayed at the Wanona Hotel. This was then. . .
This is now. . .
The motel is beautiful and rustic. The rooms are small, furnished sparingly with period style furniture, and most of the rooms have a shared bath -- which is not as bad as it sounds. The hotel provides plush, terry robes, and making a late night run to the ladies room, going outside and following the balcony to the end of the building is an adventure. The trees stand sentinel in the dark and the moist smell of cedar is invigorating. The breakfast we were served in the morning was a hearty buffet of eggs, meats, Belgian waffles, all kinds of fruit, pastries and scones. Dinner was delicious as well.
The dogwood was in full bloom. . .
Beautiful sights at every turn.
Our 25 years together seems like the blink of an eye, especially when compared to these beautiful giants that have been here for hundreds and even a couple thousand years. But, if I had a thousand years on this earth, I know just who I would choose to spend it with. I love you, Sweetie. Thanks for 25 years of happiness. xoxo