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A love affair

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in it’s roar,

I love not man the less, but nature more.

Lord Byron

High above and within beautiful Yosemite National Park.

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The Great Octopus Race

I took this picture the other day of these unusual tree trunks and exposed roots that are still holding on. I can’t say that they are holding on to life as the trees have long died, but their roots are still holding Anker to the soil. It actually looks a little creepy to me, and as if giant octopus’s are racing ashore from the depths of the sea.

Oh come on, you know you see it too 😉. This is another one of those things where I need you to confirm that I’m not the only one seeing things. Haha…have I gone mad already?

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Frozen flume

A storm moved through the land yesterday, and brought snow and ice. It was a frigid 11 degrees this morning, but the sun is shining and we are back to a warming trend, if the 40’s can be considered such. It’s fine as long as there is no wind.

I wish I could tell you that this picture is current, but it’s not, and preparations for Germany occupy pretty much most of my time. I would imagine that the flume looks like something like this right now. As water is seeping through the wooden cracks, icicles form that grow longer and wider. Today I remember this place through prior pictures and will have to pass seeing it in person until another time.

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Bumpass Hell

The Bumpass Hell Trail lies in Lassen Volcanic Park and is the largest hydrothermal area in the park. The temperature of the high velocity steam from “Big Boiler”, the largest fumarole in the Park, has been measured as high as 322 F, which makes it one of the hottest fumaroles in the world. It’s about a three mile hike round trip with little elevation changes that makes it suitable for every type of hiker. Walking the boardwalk was a neat experience, you’d surely won’t forget.

I remember this particular visit well and a fire broke out in the distance while visiting the park. It would be known as the Moonlight Fire that scorched nearly 65.000 acres.

Posted in Life lessons, Mother nature, Photography

A walk in the woods

I bought a one way ticket to Germany, although things are far from being settled here. A one way ticket with no return date. I do know that I will to be back for one reason or another, I just don’t know when. In the meantime life and all financial obligations will continue here as if I have never left. It’s a lot to deal with, but I will do it. I feel moments of weakness and I want to be selfish. Life hasn’t been easy and for once I feel the need to take care of myself, but I can’t. I am entering unfamiliar and dangerous waters and there might come a time when I do have to make myself the priority, but not just yet.

My emotions are all over the place right now, but it’s the right thing to do. This is not about me and it definitely will not be once I get to Germany. I leave on the 27th of February and I leave behind everything and the life I know and have built in an effort to see how and how much I can help Mom. Although I have talked to my Boss about possibly going, work doesn’t even know yet and I guess I’m going one way or another. Approved or not, scary, but necessary.

I took a walk in the woods today and for over 7 Miles I pushed through the pain. Physically from the RA and emotionally from feeling overwhelmed. Every step was painful and felt as if it would be my last on this soil. I couldn’t help but feel sad and vulnerable.

I took a walk in the woods today and let the feelings freely pass through me. I was glad I didn’t work and that I was in a place where I didn’t had to fight back the tears and keep my feelings in check.

I took a walk in the woods today and felt moments of peace and moments of sorrow while letting the Forrest soothe my aching soul.

I took a walk in the woods today and held on to the trees during a steep descent down to the river. It was wet and slippery, a little risky and a little dangerous. I went for it this time, despite that I usually don’t, better judgement or not, I just did today. I saw a spot by a waterfall and wanted to sit there and just be. I watched the green, clear water swirl around the river rocks and cascade over the edge. I let my feeling spill over just like the waterfall and let it flow away downstream with the current.

I took a nap in the woods today, laying on my towel, grounding myself while feeling the earths energy, until I got cold a d had to move through more pain to warm up.

I took a walk in the woods today. I’m glad that I did and that you were all with me. I wasn’t alone and I was grateful for it. I will surely miss those times.

“There is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere. However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods.” ~Bill Bryson – A walk in the woods Movie ♥️