A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint


Posted by Pepper on May 2, 2011

Now that she has written about it. I will too. The whole thing was too extraordinary to let it pass without mentioning it on my blog..

Both Mint and I love being outdoor. Being close to nature is always a thrilling experience for most people, I suppose. It is so much more enjoyable than going to a theatre to watch a movie, or being cooped up in a mall, or spending obscene amounts going to pricey restaurants. But the last few months, we were doing just that every weekend. Being indoor in a restaurant or a mall. Reason? The weather. The cold would not allow it to be an enjoyable experience for me. What is the point in being outdoor if I keep running back to the car every time the wind roars? I know I can bundle myself up in layers, but despite that, I am in constant discomfort if it is chilly.

A few weeks ago, the weather started improving. The sun was out during the day. Even if the temperature would dip, the presence of sun light would bestow a blanket of warmth. So we started being outdoors on weekends. Long drives on scenic high ways where we would pull up to admire the beauty of nature, driving to small little beach towns to spend the day, driving to places where we could capture the sun set, going downtown and hanging out at the popular spots, going to parks and lake sides, that kind of stuff. Good fun. Yosemite was one of the places we drove to a few weeks ago.

Accompanied by two friends, we started out at 6:30 am on a Sunday. The drive was a little over 4 hours. None of us are early morning people,  but the lure of the beautiful national park along with the fact that we had to return the same day gave us the required boost to have an early start. I was getting drowsy in the car until I caught a glimpse of the remaining snow from my window.

The landscapes bordering the winding roads were gorgeous. We started discussing the idea of camping there. At that point I remembered a conversation I had had with AHK. While chatting on gmail, she had told me they camp there often and that she would be there this weekend. I said that to Mint and he told me the next time we plan a trip, we should consult them and get all the tips and advice possible. AHK is one blogger I was dying to meet. Because I’ve always admired the honesty in her writing and also because she has the most adorable little girl. If I really like a post, I force Mint to read it and harass him until he does. As a result, he knows most of the bloggers I like. So he obviously knew AHK and had been made to read some posts written by her in the past. I actually considered calling her and letting her know that we were around. Perhaps we could possibly meet? But then I didn’t have her number saved in my phone. And also, the idea didn’t make much sense. We were with our friends and I assumed she would be with hers. Beside, the chances of meeting seemed very slim. The place is huge, covering an expanse of 7,61,268 acres! It is equivalent to an entire town. It would be hard to coordinate and meet at a point convenient to both of us. So I gave up the idea.

We reached and stopped at the base of some waterfall. The friends we were with walked towards the restrooms. Mint and I stepped out of the car and were stretching. He noticed the car parked opposite and asked me, ‘What if that is AHK in that car?’. I laughed it off. This boy does the same thing every time. He plays around like that. So I knew better than to take him seriously. He then told me that car even had a baby and a stroller. So it could be her. ‘Right’, I smirked. The next thing I see, there is this girl waving to us and excitedly walking over. She came up and said a cheerful, ‘Hiii! This is AHK’.

I think I was too dumbfounded in that instant to react like a sane person. It was as though Mint just waved his magic wand to prove his point and that girl appeared out of nowhere. I am pretty sure Mint was quite taken aback himself. Ha! I asked her how she was so sure it was me? She said it was my eyes that gave me away. Pretty cool? Once it hit me, I couldn’t stop grinning. This was too good to be true! We hugged, grinned,  chatted, and I finally had the chance to see the little doll I have been longing to see. Paapu is so tiny! I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

We walked to the breathtaking water fall together, thrilled and chatting like excited little girls. Bumping into her like that was the most unbelievable coincidence ever. I am still unable to get over it. How totally awesome! This was clearly the highlight of my trip. If you haven’t already, hop over to her place to read her version now.

The rest of the trip was beautiful too. The gushing waterfalls there leave you mesmerised and completely awestruck. We did not have enough time to do any full fledged hikes, but we did do a lot of trails. We walked all the way to Mirror Lake, we played around with twigs, watched clear streams of shining water merrily flowing past us, we sit in the midst of hills, followed green paths, breathed into the fresh, clean air and generally had a wonderful time.

Doesn’t it all seem gorgeous? Unfortunately, pictures can never do true justice to the beauty of a place. But without them, the post doesn’t seem complete. The last one is my favourite. I love the way Mint is pointing out the far away peak and the waterfall to me. It is kind of symbolic. I even saved the twig he used there. At this rate, I don’t know the amount of junk I’ll end up accumulating over the years.


44 Responses to “Gloriousness”

  1. Wow, you did a post too!

    Those pictures are just lovely and am glad you had a wonderful time walking down the trails and also made it to the mirror lake. (We missed it this time).

    Summer in California is one of the best to be outdoors. Shall see ya around 😀

    Oh, me appearing because Mint waved his magic wand to prove his point? Well, yes..may be. Who knows 😉

    • Pepper said

      I wasn’t planning to do a post. Your post tempted me 😀
      Totally agree, summer in California is the best.
      I know, I’ve kind of started to believe in Mint’s magical powers now 😛

  2. Titaxy said

    what fun! 🙂

  3. Comfy said

    I have been to Yosemite twice and have always come back in awe of the sheer beauty of the place. Your pictures makes me want to head down there all over again.

    And you got to see Paapu all grown up. She was little when I saw her but such a sweetheart, happy, smiling all the time.

    Maybe I should head over to your land. 🙂

    • Pepper said

      Yosemite is truly beautiful!
      Yes, Paapu still seems like a very tiny babe.. and she is just the way you described. No tantrums, no hassles, nothing. She was content being strapped to her dad’s back, just smiling and observing the world. What a delightful little girl!
      Oh please come Comfy! I still feel so bad I missed seeing Buzz when you came the last time.

  4. Mahes said

    Wow! What a coincidence! Glad that you both were able to meet. I love Yosemite, we went last September, the place was covered with snow, absolutely stunning. Would love to go back again.

    • Pepper said

      Oh! The snow must’ve made it magical.. didn’t you find it too cold to move around though? I wish I could endure cold like that too..

      • Mahes said

        Oops, we went during thanksgiving. No, it wasn’t that cold. It was 35F in Happy Isles 🙂 As much as I hate cold, I was too busy appreciating the beauty, it looked like heaven on earth. Yosemite is a place that needs to be seen in different seasons, it offers so much beauty.

        • Pepper said

          Okay 35 is sorta cold for me 🙂 .. But then, if I were surrounded by such beauty, perhaps I wouldn’t focus on the cold… I am trying to imagine the place covered in snow..I suppose you’re right.. Yosemite is a place that should be seen in different seasons.. I will plan a trip this winter 🙂

  5. Pixie said

    wow! 🙂
    Sounds like such fun!! The pics are lovely! 🙂

    I am waiting for the weather to improve here to start exploring further away! 🙂

  6. Nova said

    How amazing!! Beautiful coincidence 🙂

  7. R's Mom said

    Wow! thats super cool na…meeting up with a blogger friend totally unexpectedly…I loved the last pic as well 🙂

  8. UmaS said

    Thats so lovely – meeting a fellow blogger, just like that – with no prior planning – I can read the excitement in ur voice thru ur words…. 🙂 🙂

    Lovely pics to go with….awesome scenery. 🙂 Keeps me mesmerised. 🙂

    What all junk have u collected so far ???? 😉 😉

    • Pepper said

      Oh I’ve collected all sorts of nonsense.. Feathers, pebbles, even pieces of scrap on which he has scribbled some random numbers 😛

  9. scorpria said

    Oh that’s awesome. Minty magic, eh? 😉 Too cool, meeting up with someone so out of the blue — esp when tht someone is whom you’re WANTED to meet for long 🙂

    And is that first pic for real!? WOW!

    I soo miss travelling. I havent gone anywhere since Goa 😦 Sigh!

    And yes, pics dont do full justice to the beauty, but without them, the beauty fades from your mind as time moves on. So, YAY to pics 😀

    • Pepper said

      The first pic is brilliant right?
      You travel so much! I know it won’t be too long before you’ll be writing another one of your awesome travel tales and making us all jealous 😀
      Yes, its exactly why I put up pics in posts.. It helps me retain the images in my head 🙂

  10. Bikram said

    Lovely pics.. and i had read AHK’s post too earlier ..

    I bet you all had a great time and the meeting , its good you did not call her and planned this sounded more exciting …


    • Pepper said

      calling her up and planning it wouldn’t have been half as exciting.. bumping into her like that was awesome. I know I’ve said that enough number of times so I shall shut up .. 😀

  11. Aww @ twig story 😀
    I just love the mush here 😀

  12. Being here in Northern California, aren’t we blessed to have so many beautiful places to visit?
    Next time try visiting Mono / June Lake area …. truly lovely.

  13. Jealous Jealous…of your trip, meeting bloggers, good “non melting” weather…all jealous hmmph

  14. Ashwathy said

    OMG! That place is stunning!! Pics can’t do justice to the beauty..really!

    The last pic is precious! 🙂 It should have been just the 2 of you….would have made it even more precious 🙂 Who took it BTW?

    • Pepper said

      I thought it should’ve been just the 2 of us too. I actually considered cropping her out 😀 .. but I thought it was mean. The pic was taken by our other friend was there.. 🙂

  15. Wow this is so cool. I read AHK’s blog few days ago.. and wanted to hear your side of the story! 🙂

    And the award goes to…. the last pic! 😀

  16. dipali said

    Awesome!!!! Keep enjoying Nature in all its glory…..

  17. Once myself and a friend of mine started driving to Yose and we lost big time, it was sometime in 2005 and we didn’t have a GPS. Yosemite is one park I always wanted to visit,Picture looks so beautiful and the meet with AHK makes the trip perfect isn’t it?

  18. Anu said

    wow! such gorgeous pics! you guys surely had a lovely time..and that last pic is for keeps! 🙂

  19. Deboshree said

    Glorious indeed P! That must have been one splendid trip. I couldn’t agree more about the outdoorsy part. It’s much better to venture out on a weekend than spend on unnecessary (and hardly even enjoyable) trips to malls and restaurants.
    LOL @ storing the twig. Trust me you aren’t alone in the junk collecting hobby. 😀

    • Pepper said

      The trip is really splendid! Its good to know so many people enjoy being outdoors.. If only the weather would cooperate all the time 😀
      I am sure there are plenty of idiots like me who go about collecting all the junk they can 😛

  20. Homecooked said

    I love Yosemite too! Been there twice but unfortunately didnt get to see much of a waterfall 😦 But this place is so beautiful that it really doesnt matter!

    • Pepper said

      Ah.. yeah.. You get to see the waterfalls only if you go at the right time.. No problem though.. like you said, the place is beautiful anyway 🙂

  21. Swaram said

    Total wallpaper material!
    And that chance meeting was such an icing on the cake 🙂

    P.S: Might sound silly, but I wonder how ur updates suddenly disappeared from my reader 😛 Unsubscribed and subscribed again 🙂 Can see I have missed a lot 😉 Guessed something had gone wrong only when I saw u missing from my blog 😛

    • Pepper said

      One whack I’ll give you Swar 😀 You’ve been missing from my blog for months and I’ve been commenting on all your posts religiously. You get so many comments that you don’t even see the names of the people who comment? 😦 I got a little busy and didn’t get to comment only on the last 2-3 posts and that’s when you noticed you haven’t been reading me? 😛 So had I continued commenting, you’d never have checked your reader for my updates? 😛

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