Pictures from Zion National Park

Have you been to Zion National Park ? Would you like to check out some of the pictures I took using my iPhone while hiking up to Observation Point at Zion? Technically, I can’t really see if you are excitedly nodding ‘yes’ or disapprovingly nodding ‘no’, but the magic of the internet does allow me to take many liberties, one of which is to take the easy way out whenever in doubt. So, let’s all agree together that we all want to see these amazing and semi-amateurish pictures I took this past Memorial Day weekend.

Picture 1: When you start the hike, you feel really tiny. The mountain walls literally tower over you.

Picture 2: A clear broadside view of Angel’s Landing (that is the red peak in the front)

Picture 3: This is about halfway of the hike to the top.

Picture 5: Almost at the top of Observation Point. You can’t see the Angel’s Landing from here.

Picture 6: That is the official metal seal from the official US Geological Survey, 6608 ft from sea level. That pointy hill to the right of the image is Angel’s landing.


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End Of Vacation

Last day of vacation is always sad.  Right from the morning of the last day, there is a lingering sense of inevitable finality to what is almost always a wonderful vacation. The last part is a bit amazing, in that I have never had a crappy vacation. Sure, some holidays have been better than the others, but overall no single vacation can qualify to be a bad one outright.

This holiday has also come to an end. It was wonderful and it has come to a conclusion. I bid adieu to my friends, whose names, upon their request, shall not be revealed and boarded the plane outbound from San Francisco airport. It was 20 minutes past midnight when I arrived at my apartment in Tempe and, as I type these words, I am completely exhausted and looking forward to falling on to my bed where the sleep fairy will sing heavenly tunes all night.

Good Nacht. (German!!)

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At The Opera

Day 3 at SFO. Created a bit of history today by going to my first live Opera performance at the San Francisco war memorial opera house. The show, named Carmen, was sung entirely in French with brief English supertitles. In case you did not know what supertitles meant don’t worry. I learned today that supertitles are simply subtitles that are shown above the performance instead of being shown below. It was my first time witnessing an opera so I am not completely sure what to make of it, but one thing for sure. Those actors can sing. Remember all those TV commercials where some opera singer holds a musical note long enough to shatter a wine glass? It’s all true! These performers, men, women and children, are incredibly good at singing in deep voices for a very long time.
Before going to the show, we spent some fun time in Fishermen’s wharf. It’s Mecca for any sea food lover. Also went on an awesome ferry ride which went under the Golden gate bridge and then around the Alcatraz island. Don’t miss this one when you are at SFO next time.
Now, today’s pictures. In order, Clam chowder in bread bowl at Fishermen’s wharf, pimpin ride near the wharf, inside the opera house, opera orchestra and scene from the opera show.
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Mobile Blogging Is Hard!

Okay. I admit it. Traveling without my laptop was not a good idea. I knew that I had to blog from SFO where I will be for this entire weekend but I falsely imagined that I will be able to replace my laptop with my iPhone for blogging on the road.
Typing on the iPhone is a lot like running on beach sandals. They satisfy most of your needs, but, not all of them. This is especially hard for someone like me who has minimal mobile texting skills to type entire paragraphs on a less than 4 inch screen half of which is covered by the virtual keyboard.
Since I’m traveling this weekend I figured I could just blog about that, but given the difficulty with typing on a Mobile device it’s very hard to keep your train of thought together long enough to finish typing a full sentence and go through all of the auto suggest options from the phone. Honestly it feels like the phone could write an entire blog by itself without human intervention. For example I just typed imtevrntin and it changed it to intervention automatically. I’m telling you guys, soon robots will rule the world and us humans will be relegated to playing angry birds all day.
Anyways to alleviate some of the difficulties of mobile blogging I might use some pictures that I might take during what might be my day. I try to take interesting pictures, most of the time, and its true that a picture is worth a thousand words. So technically my last blog was over four thousand words.
In case you are thinking that I’m taking a short cut I have only one thing to tell you – you are totally right. But look at the bright side; it’s only for two more days.
With that here are few pictures for today. In order, Japanese Tea Garden tower, tea at Japanese Tea garden, Salt and Pepper crab at R & G Lounge, night view of Golden gate bridge.

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Jump Start

Yeah, its been more than 10 days since my last post.
Big deal.

Actually, it is a big deal. Too much break is never good.

Especially, if the blog is supposed to be written everyday.
So, to jump start our epic challenge, here is a quick post.

My friend M created a nice video montage of our recent Hawaii trip.

Enjoy.

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From Offsite: Big Island, Hawaii

In Big Island today. Spent the entire day at Volcanoes National Park to visit one of the most active volcanoes in the world. We were able to see the smoke bellowing from the crater mouth and at night we also saw the smoke turning bright red due the glowing hot molten lava that is currently flowing underneath the surface. Its been one of my long time desires to witness an active volcano and today it came to pass. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. When you look at a beast that has the power reshape the planet at will, you get a lot of perspective on different things in your life.

We came to Big Island from Maui yesterday evening on what must be the smallest plane I have ever flown. It was a tiny Cessana propeller plane that has the max capacity of 11 people, pilot included. The pilot is also the check-in counter guy, baggage moving guy, boarding guy and taking off-flying-and-landing-the-plane guy. Besides the size of the plane, the flight was smooth.

We are boarded up at a house style condo, which is nice, but it only has a narrow Ocean view. The ocean is visible only through a gap of a standard drawer size that is available between farther buildings and trees. But the place by itself is pretty good.

We spent some time on Green beach, which as the name suggests, is simply a gorgeous beach with sand that is green due to the unique crystals of sand found here. The way to get to that beach, is a story of its own and I’ll save it for later.

Tomorrow, I have Canoe-ing and Snorkeling (round 2) planned. This should be fun.

I know I promised pictures, but I am struggling to materialize the means for it. I think I have found a way, so give me just a little bit of time.

I’ll see y’all tomorrow.

Aloha

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