Friday, June 10, 2011

The Yosemite Moment defined, & hiking Yosemite at high water

It's okay, if you're into that kinda thing.


Vernal falls from the top


 Nevada fall downnnnnn

The ultra-sonic THUMP... THUMP-THUMP of
house-sized blobs of water exploding onto rocks
vibrates in your chest.

Sensibly, your tiny cave-man brain shouts "RUN AWAY!"
as you stare down into oblivion, fascinated,
mouth agape.

You've seen hours of stunning, poignant,
terrifying, and transcendent natural beauty.

Your mind's been blown 100 times and
tho' elated, you are reaching wonder-exhaustion.

You're just hiking back to the parking lot, now,
thinking about dinner, a hot shower,
and the impending joy of taking off your hiking shoes.

You start to relax a little bit; phew.

Doo dee doo, hike-et-y-hike.

You turn the corner, and:

"Oh, come ON.

That to me is the Yosemite Moment.

Because the answer is:


Just when you think it cannot be more beautiful,
there will not be more glory to behold,
there is.



  1. Epic shots. Ive never been to Yosemite as an adult...perhaps it is time.

  2. It is a very nice and informative post.Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  3. @Steve: Uh, YEAH. Gotta go. So were you toddling around as a youth?
    @bld: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Oh, you know, I suppose it's not bad ...

    That's absolutely stunning! What glorious scenery. Yosemite has been moved to the top of my 'to see' list.

  5. @Snail: Yay! It's freaky stunning. Apparently you can spend 30 years there and still get freaked out every day by how nutty it is. Come on DOWN! (oops, UP, that is...)


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