Blaise Pascal, PenseĆ© 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vacation in Yosemite

My wife, Gail, and I returned yesterday from four days at Camp Curry, Yosemite, which included a hike from Glacier Point to the top of Nevada Falls along the Mist Trail, and then down into the valley. (Boy, are we out of shape!) We spent the rest of the time happily hobbling around the Valley and enjoying Camp Curry. On the last day, we got a hard rain and a temperature drop at night into the high 30s. I buried myself in our tent cabin under four heavy blankets. These are pictures of Yosemite, taken with an iPhone, the morning before the rain and the morning after.


(Looking down the Valley from the Chapel / Sentinel Bridge Area. Those two little cumulus clouds are the first sign of rain. Soon, they got bigger and bigger.)

(Yosemite Falls)

(The clouds roll in over Half-Dome around 1 PM. I was wondering if anyone was still up there. The rain started within an hour.)

(Now I'm really glad not to be up there.)


(The morning after the rain, clouds drift across Glacier Point. Both the Glacier Point and Tioga Pass roads were closed this morning due to snow.)

(South of El Capitan, across the Valley, as the rainclouds blow off.)

(El Capitan)

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