Thirty-Seven Wishes



We went on an adventure for this Thanksgiving that we had been wishing to have for the last thirty-seven years. I was hoping for more snow than the little sprinkling we found as I had taken a photo back in 1978 that was a snowy sunset across the valley floor. (I must take that slide in and have it put on a disk.) This is what we found instead.




Yosemite Valley Floor

Be careful what you wish for. The valley was there and had a nice heavy fog nestled amongst the trees. Look closer; in the shadows. The Pines in the valley are dying. The colors you see there are not deciduous trees, but dead Pine trees. Dead, due to drought, and the Pine Bark Beetle. It was an amazing sight but it left me sad and that is why I must get that old slide in a more printable format.


Icy Mornings

We would get up early every morning and go out for a walk. It was quiet and there wasn’t hardly anyone else out walking. The trees, fallen leaves, and grasses were sparkling with tiny ice crystals. It gave us a true feeling of just how close we live to the availability to reach out and touch some of the most beautiful parks in nature.


Enchanting Walk To Mirror Lake

I’m glad we were able to go and spend the holiday in Yosemite but, truth be told, we missed our family and time spent around a table with familiar faces and inside jokes. We won’t miss it next year. I hope you all had a memorable Thanksgiving, just the kind you had wished for. 


2 thoughts on “Thirty-Seven Wishes

  1. We spent a quiet T’day, both of us sick! (Not deathly, but definitely not interested in eating anything.) Sorry that Yosemite disappointed you this visit. In all of the Western US, evergreen trees are dying:-( I suppose you are aware of the best of intentions that helped bring this about – no fire & no thinning. Now the land needs an enormous amount of work to bring it back to health. Sort of like a person who neglects their health for much of their life, then tries to lead a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, mother nature has a very long lifespan, and is capable of healing. May you get another visit to Yosemite that makes you happy.

    • We do love Yosemite but we’re sad to see so many pines dying everywhere. It will change the entire look of the mountain ranges. I don’t mind seeing more Dogwoods and Redbuds.

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