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Monday, October 15, 2007

All work and no play?


We just got back from an amazing weekend in Yosemite National Forest and I wanted to share some of our pictures with you:

From a few miles away, our destination only looks like an 11 inch climb instead of the 8800 ft tower that ends with a 400 ft almost-straight-up climb. These pictures are from that 18 mile day hike we recently did in Yosemite National Forest - about a 5 hour drive north of Los Angeles.

Most likely you probably live within driving distance of some great getaways too. They don't have to be expensive - this amazing park cost only $20 to get in and nothing to hike.
So do any of you have any trips planned or pictures from ones you recently took?
All Things Possible!


  • At 2:45 PM, October 15, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Fantastic pictures. I love to hike and do photography. It doesn't get much better than that.

    I will be going to England in about in a few weeks for 10 days and have a four day "hike" planned in the Cotswold region. We'll be walking from one town to the next. It's about a 43 mile trek and I can't wait to get started. I will be opting not to bring the camera gear this trip and will just have my small digital to capture the moments (I haven't made up my mind about the video camera yet). I have never been to England and have decided I want to look at the countryside through my eyes and not a viewfinder for once.

    Thanks for posting the pics. It makes me realize how "bad" I need this trip.


  • At 6:33 PM, October 15, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Wow Tim, that sounds like a magnificent trip! I'm looking forward to hearing more about it! I had a little plastic $1 film camera with me on this trip and just got the pictures back today - they turned out great. Go figure!


  • At 7:14 PM, October 15, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Ah, thanks for the memories of my trip to Yosemite - a year ago this month - just loved the park and the rest of the state that I was able to see as well. On previous trips to California I had never gotten outside of the greater Los Angeles area so on this one (after a conference) I went from San Diego to San Francisco by way of Yosemite. Spent a couple of days there but should have spent more. Unfortunately, due to the dry summer and the lateness of the season the waterfalls were pretty much non-existent (except Bridal Veil) and Half-Dome just "closed" for the season. Though I'm not sure I could have made the last 400 feet anyway.

    Your comment on amazing places nearby does make me wonder how many people rarely get out from their own backyards and explore a little. For example, here in Michigan - and most of the midwest and northeast - the fall colors are evident and depending where you are either at peak or near peak. A brief day trip through some beautiful scenery can certainly do wonders for a person's attitude!


  • At 1:23 AM, October 16, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey Forum Family. Looks like you are all up to some wonderful journeys this fall.
    Chris- thanks for sharing the Yosemite pics, looks amazing!
    Tim, I hear the Cotswold region is wonderful for hiking, but maybe we should ask Angi that?! The UK is still on my wishlist of 'places to go'. Have a great trip, Tim, and bring back a full report.
    Dave- funny you should mention nice scenery and backyards. I am fortunate to have a lovely park (nothing like Yosemite but ok..) on my doorstep these days and am enjoying that every day when I take the dogs out. Especially now with the splendid autumn colors it's great to take long walks. We recently brought the camera to 'shoot' the great variety of mushrooms and toadstools. It was fun!
    Ute- you should be 'there and back again' from MiddleEarth-Fulda by now: how about some orc news from your trip?!
    Safe travels everyone and happy autumn wishes.

    PS Flashback to previous topic- Chris, I thought your Halloween costume would be Belle's dress or something. ;)

  • At 4:53 PM, October 19, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Dave - I know what you mean about the autumn colors in Michigan. If you've never been, the American Midwest is BREATHTAKING at this time of year when all the trees turn colors.

    Jaschenka, I have my yellow Belle dress on right now. I couldn't wait for Halloween.


  • At 4:55 PM, October 19, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

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    It's a chance to have a good time while doing good.

    P.S. If you live in the U.S., your donation is tax deductible.

    With your help, All Things are Possible!


  • At 8:59 PM, October 19, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi forum family...yes Michigan's beautiful in autumn, although a little tattered from last night's round of tornadoes again. Hope Dave and Chris' family and anyone here are fine. Walked in "pools of gold today" as the trees are awesome now. Awesome too, is our host. Such a light, as I've said on the forum before...I'll be sure to check out Starlight...and also will try to send pics of our trip to walk with Clayton Klein for Hospice this fall, as promised. All things beautiful in the forum galaxy! Sue

  • At 8:57 AM, October 20, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Thanks Sue. That's right, a tornado blew through my mom's home town in Michigan. I heard that the city was pretty torn up but everyone is ok. Looking forward to the Clayton pics!

    Don't forget to check out the Starlight site! THANKS!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 6:00 PM, October 20, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello forum family...and Chris, thanks for the note about the weather here. Your parents' town is one of the nicest places in the state. I love to go there. We heard it was hit pretty hard. Keeping your family and all the townspeople in our prayers. Wondering about other forum family members...that was a huge weather system across the states.

    A quick note about movies. We decided to watch the original version of 3:10 to Yuma before we see the new one. That was neat, because we were both growing up about that time. Yikes, that really ages us, doesn't it? The cotton pickin' movie is 50 years old this year! Hadn't caught onto that before, apparently. So, before we see the new one, how would you describe the two experiences....Chris...or anyone who may have seen both. What shall we look for in the new one? BTW, though, Chris, as much as you like Christian Bale, I'm not sure the forum family needs another actor breaking their heart! Anyway, I think our age group is more captivated by the western genre, because of the nostalgia we have for those movies back then. Just a thought. I think that's why I grew so fond of Chris' script...and look for it to be a smash at the box office.....sending walking pics soon as I figure it out, I promise...Wishing everyone a beautiful and tranquil October Sunday wherever you may be...Sue

  • At 8:08 PM, October 22, 2007 , Anonymous sue said...

    Hi everyone,
    I don't mean to monopolize the forum, but can't help wondering how things are in California with the fires. Hoping all is well Chris and sending prayers for anyone who might be affected by them. Now, that our daughter is in Maryland for the next 3 years, our thoughts are on the east coast now. But the news reports are scary in southern CA. ATB/P/Sue

  • At 8:55 PM, October 23, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hello all,
    Sue, I join in your concern about what is happening in southern CA, In addition to Chris, I have some other friends in that region (San Diego) and am awaiting word from them to see if things are alright. It does sound scary but there are stories about the triumph of the human spirit and people helping each other in this time of crisis. We have to keep looking for the golden lining where ever we can. Oh, and of course I am glad that you and yours came through the recent storms okay as well (they didn't really hit my area).


  • At 2:49 PM, October 24, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hi all -

    Thanks for your concerns for those of us who live in California amidst the wildfires of late. I live in the city of Los Angeles which has not been affected by the fires except for the traffic and air quality. I do have some friends who are among the over a half a million CA residents that had to be evacuated from their homes. The fire crews are starting to gain control of the fires and the winds have died down considerably which is a great help. Amazingly few people have lost their lives. I know that several homes have burnt down and sadly a few have been looted, but there is a sense of normalcy that is gradually returning. Your care and concern is very much appreciated.


    All Things Possible!

  • At 6:52 PM, October 24, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hey Chris, thanks for the update on the fires. Had a feeling you'd know lots of people affected, given the many fans and friends of yours out there. Talked to my daughter and she's been glued to the news, she says, because she does know lots of people who've had to evacuate, including people from her company office out there, and then explained about the Camp Pendleton evacuations, where her husband was stationed for a number of years. I remember seeing the burned over hills near their home in Temecula during a previous trip out there. They weren't too far from Mt Palomar either and she spoke about that area and Escondido. They were lucky last time. She's glad they were able to sell their home last year (now that they're in Maryland) but also wishes she weren't so far away, as she'd like to be there to help out her friends. I'm sure you will be involved in some of that...again our prayers are with you and your loved ones. Dave, hope your friends are safe...and you are so right about looking for the golden lining. It's amazing the triumph of the human spirit, as you point out, that can emerge from seeming tragedy. Glad the storms missed you here last week. Maybe we won't mind a little winter coming along now! In view of all these weather anomalies this year, it makes you appreciate the places you live and the people you love all the more. To borrow Chris' signature line, "take care of each other" -- Sue

    PS I got my first issue of Starlight Starbright eNews...very interesting, especially the World Series teams sponsoring Fun Centers in each that will remind me to do that soon too...


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