Recovering Extrovert

April 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Lake Chumash at Sunset, Santa Ynez CA

Lake Chumash at Sunset, Santa Ynez CA

The title pretty much sums it up. Going through a ‘downswing’ lately which has seen a lack of drive to blog, write or create. Or even to practice. Somedays I wonder if I’m a member of the “lazy people” club who can’t do yoga. Or, on a more positive note,  just someone who’s suddenly distracted by the allure of being out in the wild. After two weekend trips around the state, there’s a pretty high chance that Spring fever is in full swing on this side of the Internet right now. We spent the first weekend in wine country down south, just an hour outside Santa Barbara, where Sideways was filmed. Unbelievable. For the views, for the quality of food and wine in a relatively underrated region and for how cheap (again, relatively) the land is out there. Anyone interested in splitting 480 acres of land with us?

I’m joking. Only partly.

The following weekend we made the trip out to Yosemite National Park. I can’t believe we’ve lived here for four years and procrastinated on visiting this gem. It’s as wild and as intimidating a space as I’ve ever visited in my life, despite the tour buses and well-paved roads around the valley. Giant granite monoliths remind me of that. To get a sense of the fragility and trivialities of one’s life and existence, one only needs to stand in the vastness of Nature, under a sky filled with stars, or at the foot of a raging waterfall, or watch dedicated climbers scale El Capitan’s rock face. My use of ‘trivialities’ is at its loosest meaning of course – what I’m trying to say that our lives are really just a speck in the ocean. Tenuous, fraught with highs and lows, but a speck all the same. When you think that a Sequoia takes over 1,000 years to mature, and that a place like Yosemite is where it is today after an infinite number of years of glacial action, time suddenly takes on a whole new dimension.

On the way to Yosemite

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