Monday, June 1, 2009

Yosemite National Park

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

15 comments:

Susanne said...

Wow, what an amazing place. How nice that you got to go at such a special occasion as your 25th Anniversary! Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Lynne said...

Fantastic pictures - especially of the rock climbers.

Happy anniversary a day early to you and Dan!

Joanne said...

What a wonderful getaway you had! Beautiful photographs, my goodness the scope of those trees. And the rock climbers, I get nervous just looking at the picture. They've got lots of nerve!

Judy said...

Oh, wow. What an amazing trip!

And to have family cook something wonderful in your honor, you are blessed!

Happy Anniversary - so glad you found each other.

diana said...

happy anniversary! and what a beautiful place to celebrate it.

i've spent quite a bit of time in yosemite, but i've never stayed in their hotel. i've camped a couple of times and all other times were day trips to and through.

my brother's life dream is to live and work in the park. i'm always hopeful that will happen so i can come visit him and stay for a while =)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've never been to Yosemite. Breathtaking!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

What a beautiful place to spend your anniversary! Happy Day to you both, and congratulations on 25 years!

Xandra

Joyce said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

The pictures are beautiful!

I grew up in CA, and several times had the privilege of hiking and camping at Yosemite. I had no idea that people slept on the way up El Capitan!

Scrappy Kay said...

Karen,

I am so glad I stopped by your post. What refreshing and inspiring photos!

Happy Anniversary, too!

Kay

Sarah said...

What a wonderful post and beautiful pictures. I was just awe inspired by God's creation and the wonder of it all!

Congratulations on your 25 years - celebrating your covenant of marriage is amazing and may God bless you with many more blessed years together!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful trip! It sounds like a perfect celebration, Happy 25th anniversary!

Trailboss said...

Gorgeous pictures. Looks like a good time!

BClark said...

I read everything all the way to the bottom. Not sure about those rock climbers, scary for me. Hubby's brother lives south of there in Green River, need to make it up there one day.
Congratulations on your 25 years together, and that you still like each other!!
Love checking on your life and all you do, so much fun.

Jen said...

Just beautiful.....my parents went there a couple of years ago...it is so amazing.

gail@more than a song said...

Well happy anniversary, late!
You know what you said, about now being able to picture the places he's talking about on the phone...I am the same way! I love being able to visit my family/kids or see where Don works out of town a lot so I know what it looks like.

Yosemite, gorgeous isn't it! Your pictures are great! We went a few years back with the kids, hiked to a couple of different water falls...I think Bridal Veil was one of them.
And you're 6 ft tall? I don't know if I knew that!