just returned from four nights in Yosemite and Sequoia.
can I say, awesome-balls?
even with no cell service. and no internet access. zero WiFi. and a smattering of TV channels from what felt like they were delivered straight out of the 80s.
though the second killer hike on Friday, fried my calves. they are still sore. and I’m limping around like I’ve got MS or something. cray cray like that.
oh wait. I do. but so glad not limping from a flare. phew! 🙂
4/5 of us were limping on Saturday. Sunday. and still today.
so how cool was it to disconnect from...everything? extreme.
the hub and I ventured on our own path Friday. and took the road less traveled by. from the other three. our cohort.
we wandered into a magical forest to begin our Friday hike. I kept exclaiming to the hub, ‘look at that! look at that!’ snapping photos as I we descended.
until we emerged from our enchanted forest to switch back after switch back of tight, slippery turns. no guard rails.
making our way slowly down the steepest trail in Yosemite.
we would run into other travelers ascending. pleading with us to tell them how much farther. sweating. eager for us to say, ‘oh only a half hour!’ but we could not lie when we knew it was at least 1.5 hours for them.
and then hearing ‘rock on you guys will be finished in 45 minutes. no wait, 30 minutes!’ from a few others, beginning their ascent.
but so cool, how filled with one-ness everyone on the trail was. I even slipped (wait, we both slipped over and over again). and I cut my pinkie finger slamming it into the granite rocks to save my legs. someone ascending immediately wanted to provide assistance. I could get used to this. so kind.
I am used to this.
what an awesome, disconnected weekend. one I won’t forget.
from squirrels tormenting one of our friends to watching a coyote on the side of the road watch us to not seeing any bears when warned otherwise. to mosquitoes glimmering in the sun like tiny golden angels. to strongly feeling my cousin, D. to feeling like we all matter. and then, that we don’t. all in a matter of milliseconds.
we are all in this party together. at this exact moment in time. and how grand is that?
it was perfect. perfect.
love, loved every second of perfection. just as it is.