“Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.”

Been a busy week yes first with finishing tasks so that I can get away with my holiday trip to sin city 😉

“Take away the motive, and the sin is taken away”

Planning and yet making sure things are going at its pace ;)!

“In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.” ~ Daniel L Reardon

This was a long weekend for me after Thanks giving and driving was an awesome experience for me to know the streets of America!
Sin city is also called as Las Vegas or vice a versa 😀 but yet everyone tends to visit this place. I feel any one who is away from sin also may get into the pool of sin hahaha kidding but yes, certain things as an experience is not bad but which one is for you to decide 😉

“Society does not punish those who sin, but those who sin and conceal not cleverly” ~ Elbert Hubbard

I was stunned with nature’s creation one of the greatest wonder – Grand Canyon. I remember when I used to study Geology, things were so crystal clear when my professors Dr Sarkar and Pardeshi Sir used to teach me that I always scored 100% and looking at this they always inspired me to specialize in Geology though I took the magic world of Chemistry but they always told me that you will go to California to do more study on rocks if you take Geology as your main subject!

All those layers and precipitation of rocks and water inside the sedimentary rocks brought my memories back yet the same feeling of getting the solace when I looked at those real wonder of Mother Nature. I am going to add pictures which I took there.
Let’s see how much justice my camera did 😉

“The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks.”

Being in Arizona not only made me feel good but it reminded me my home in Toronto 😀 yes!!! That was my best moment!!!

Driving back to home is another pleasure as no matter where you go you feel at home only at home 😉

“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” ~Maya Angelou

“One mark of a great educator is the ability to lead students out to new places where even the educator has never been”

Well, my friends might be thinking what happened after the Canada day…;) ! Well it was US Independence Day and so I get to take off to San Diego.

My friend from Toronto often visits this place and he always told me that’s like a paradise and now I know why he says so …:D

“Everyone has a “best friend” during each stage of life-only a precious few have the same one.”

Boy the place has a class…besides the other attractions!
I am just going to add on pictures here which might give a glance as where all I went!

“You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person” ~Alec Waugh

It was a very tiring event everyday, still it was much relaxing. Long drives, music n masti (fun), and company of loved ones …what else you need 😉

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”

After all the fun and excitement, coming back to home was like a big awaited feeling.
I guess, am on the spree of exploring US…why not when they have so many places to go 😉

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates”

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.”

“They turned the country up on its side, and everything loose fell into California.”
“Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.” ~Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica

“Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“California can and does furnish the best bad things that are obtainable in America.” ~Hinton R. Helper

“There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.”

“Nobody can tell about this California climate. One minute its hot and the next minute its cold, so a person never knows what to hock”

“California’s a wonderful place to live – if you happen to be an orange.”

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“California is a queer place – in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific…. It’s sort of crazy-sensible. Just the moment: hardly as far ahead as carpe diem.” ~D.H. Lawrence

“Voyage upon life’s sea, To yourself be true, And, whatever your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

“There are natures that go to the streams of life in great cities as the hart goes to the water brooks.” ~Philip G. Hamerton
“How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – like rags and shreds of your very life.” ~Katherine Mansfield

“Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.”

Last week things were going on busy with some or the other task. I didn’t know until Thursday evening that we are going to Yosemite and we are going to stay there for 2 days. I had to work long hours to leave work early. I had a good team lunch on Friday, since a new person has joined our team. After lot of discussion and consideration we went to this Afghani Restaurant which is famous for its authentic food and good customer service. We really had good time with some good discussions around…different countries, currencies…US economy, India, China and above all company shares etc. We also decided this kind of event should be more often as this is like a team building event ;)! After lunch I rushed home and packed some stuff and rushed to pick other friends who were going to join us.

“A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Journey was cool…when you have friends around to talk and have fun. Though traffic was hectic still we reached late and another group of friends were waiting there and I have to mention that these were the ones who actually made this trip a success. We went to the Glacier’s point and believe me by the time we reached here it was getting dark as the drive is so long…but to my surprise watching nature in moon light was my first and utmost experience.

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” ~ Albert Einstein

Really, this place can be called another God’s own place. I just loved the nature, the beauty…with which its kept intact! I have heard from grannies how it was all fresh and real in there days and now I proudly feel we also have something if not all…real that we can boast of 😀

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~ George Washington

Night was a bit tiring…when we went to our hotel rooms I just remembered London Hotels where the interiors were British kind, even the posters were that of ancient English women dressed up in all her long big gowns flowing all over the floor.

One thing I forgot to mention…the cell phones don’t work here. So if you need to contact your friend who is in the neighboring barn cottage you have to drive / walk down till there and so we got our wake-up call with a knock on the door. When we asked who’s this…we were told ‘room service’ hahaha it was funny when we saw our friend coming in and asking us to get ready and rush for breakfast to there cottage since the kitchen was there and they did a nice job by preparing breakfast for all.

Its been long since I had such trips …this reminds me of my school days when we used to go for camping as scouts and guides and we used to have all kinds of fun!

“So live that your memories will be part of your happiness”

I was told its going to be very cold however, learning from past experience I had my shorts and t-shirt and believe me it was much relief as it was getting hot and hiking was already in the agenda. We had a good near by river bath…where it was flowing water with lots of turbulence in between and if you try to swim against it …it will take more time to move 5 minutes distance from where you are. Quite an interesting event …I took lots of pictures…and this red dragon fly caught my eyes and I was just following this one.

In the middle of all this fun we forgot that its past lunch time – 3 p.m. We reached a place where we could park and this buddy of ours was smart enough to pick a spot some where inside the bushes hidden with pine trees the benches where we could have our lunch. It seemed very private and no one to disturb. We had a good lunch as everyone was hungry and had a good relaxation time. By now, when we are planning for further places to go we are half sleep.

I had a good nap in the car while going around. When I woke up I was desperate for a coffee…but to my bad luck there were none! I got cold coffee, cappuccino but none of them were hot. I remembered my Korea trip where I had struggled to get a simple regular coffee…and I had to walk miles and miles when I saw Starbucks but not to get a coffee instead they gave me cold cappuccino.

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” ~ Hal Borland

“Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.”

See the moon out there……………..

The waterfall which I expected the least in this season 🙂“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ M.K.Gandhi

“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration”

Still life is beautiful…had some cool photography by the time it was sun set and to my surprising the cliffs were hiding the setting sun behind them and hence I couldn’t get a glance of sun-set.

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

I understand this place is huge and needs more than a week to cover. But the best is its nature…mother nature who entertains you ….with all her beauty…I thought of you all and brought some in my camera for you 😉

“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect” ~ Johann Wolfgang