I was lucky enough to tag along for a wedding this past weekend in Yosemite, California. Everyone has their own method for staying grounded and inspired, and my personal method is to get out into nature. I walk as much as I can in the city, but there is nothing like being in the big quiet wilderness and realizing how small you are. Really.
At one point we pulled over on the road and there was a wide open expanse that was so overwhelmingly large, showing the mountains and rocks and trees, that I got dizzy and emotional and had to sit down on the the side of the highway to take it all in (that and I didn’t want to throw up). That’s never happened to me before, so I’m pretty sure there’s something magical about this place.
Also – those giant sequoias – wow. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the daily dramas but when you see something so huge and organic it literally takes your breath away and stops you in your tracks.
We stayed at a place called the Pines Resort on Bass Lake. After the wedding we took the rest of the weekend to drive in our rental car and explore the area. It really was like a Bob Ross painting! I feel like I have such a better understanding of why people never want to leave California and why they call this place “God’s Country”. There’s just so much to see and it amazes me how much we have within the bounds of our own country.
Here are some iPhone shots at the lodge to give you a flavor:
And here are some from Mariposa Sequoia Grove and the High Sierras:
Super hard to capture the vastness on the camera, but believe me, it was there. I also put together a short film for fun (isn’t there something so romantic about 8mm?):