Some of you may remember that last year at this time I wrote about how Yosemite saved my life. In 2011, we started going to a conference here every March and I realized how much I was missing out on by living a sedentary life. The desire to see all of Yosemite, in its wonderful natural granite-wall filled glory was very significant in me deciding to embrace a more healthy lifestyle in the fall of 2012. Read my last post. It was pretty good.
Now it’s March again, and we’re back in Yosemite. It’s sort of sad this year, because there is even less snow than there was last year, and also because next March I won’t be here, at least not for the conference. But for now, I’m here with my hubby and my parents and my vet school BFF and her family. We were thinking about going to Badger Pass today, which is the big skiing spot in Yosemite. But it’s closed due to lack of snow! I don’t think I’m ever going to get to go snow-shoeing. That’s okay, though, I guess. Maybe next time we come. Here are some pictures of my trip so far, which will arrive on the blog when I get back to civilization and have a good wi-fi connection again.
Yosemite Falls! It was smaller than I’ve ever seen it in March this year. Still lovely, but it really makes it obvious that California is in the midst of a drought.
And here is Mirror Puddle! I mean Mirror Lake. The first time I went up to Mirror Lake there was snow on the ground. Not so much this year.
And this is my favorite view in the entire Yosemite Valley. The view of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge. I didn’t get to see this last year because my family went while I was in class.
On Friday we went to Mirror Lake, which we have been affectionately calling Mirror Puddle because the water level is so low. This is the hike we were on in 2012 when I had my epiphany. I was about to turn thirty-five and I remember saying to Jacob that I didn’t want to keep being the way I was. I wanted to change. I wanted to not have trouble walking up a slight incline. I wanted to be active and see things. And only seven short months later I started to change (give me a break. I had been sedentary for like eight years. It takes a while to break old habits). Today we went back to Mirror Lake taking the same route we took in 2012 for the first time. And that slight incline was easy for me. Three years ago I had to stop and catch my breath not infrequently. I said I wanted to take pictures, but really it was because I needed to rest.
I hope that everyone who has lost their way has their “Yosemite Moment” someday. I never, ever want to go back to being the person I was three years ago. I fear that person. She ate a lot of good food, but she was slowly killing herself, and that’s not cool. I am so grateful to all of the people in my life who have supported me as I’ve struggled to change and be healthy. I know now that there is no end to this. There is no “After.” It’s just life, and I’m going to keep on hiking.