I met Shawn Reeder a long time ago when I was speaking at a photography conference. He embodies that adventurous spirit and lifestyle that is straight out of a magazine…He can sleep in his truck and makes his living photographing landscapes all over the world as well as creating some timelapses that you might walk in and see lighting up the screens of an electronics store. I knew Yosemite was his “home” park so to say. He lived in the area once upon a time and has an intimate familiarity. Lucky me; Shawn offers one-on-one mentoring for photographers and I was THRILLED he was available to meet up so I roped in a friend and decided we were going to Yosemite! Worth every single penny and more.
Of course on the way out Laura and I couldn’t resist stopping with a camera sporting carved bear at the Cedar Lodge of the way up!
We met Shawn at the classic Tunnel View parking area where he immediately took us off trail just a few minutes away from the MASSES (it was a holiday week after all!.) Next thing I know we are scaling some boulders and edging near a steep drop and my heart rate picked up a bit. A short hike and a glorious solitary log awaited a STUNNING unobstructed view just minutes from the droves of people.
I started bawling. Like serious tears. It snuck up on me. The overwhelming magnitude of the view, the excitement of the night ahead, but more importantly the pride and relief that I was doing something for MYSELF. So often, I don’t. It’s my kids. My husband. Responsibility. Don’t spend on this. Why take time to do that. All the mothers I know are nodding. It struck me to my core. The way something hits you when you are reaching back at yourself. I am so often not the person I used to be and while that is glorious in its own ways, my wanderlust spirit and adventurous self was shining. Shawn being the amazing guy he is, hugged me a deep meaningful hug. He knew. He commented something deep about the magnitude of this special place and it’s energy. That kind of thing a rock climber says. But he was right. You can see the right side of edge we walked over on the lower right of this image and through the brownish tree in the center right the parking lot of droves of people unaware that are view far beat theirs.
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