Hey, ya. Hi, ya. How ya? Imagine a Lilo smile (Lilo, as in Lilo and Stitch, a 2002 Disney movie). That is how I'm feeling. Also a bit foggy brained and weary boned from all the week-long fun of turning 65! years old. That, dear blogging friends, is why I have been quiet in my corner of the world.
Spontaneity. Go with the flow. I discovered that I can still do both. Hurrah!
We spent my birthday day with good friends Missus and Mister H. It started with a yummy breakfast of lemon scones, egg casserole, bacon, hash browns, and avocado slices, all lovingly cooked by Missus H. It was the perfect meal to take us through the day—a country drive skirting along the Pinnacles National Park to its western entrance where we walked a two-and-a-half mile loop, more or less, that included fording a creek to the Balconies Cave. I've scrambled through the pitch black talus cave twice before in my 30s and early 50s, both times going down and over the boulders with healthy knees.
Guess what? My no-cartilage knees did not cry, whine, or complain about the uphill climb. If anything, they smiled, giggled, and laughed as I nudged my body up and over the boulders. This quick and dirty sketch gives you an idea of the first section in the cave. Ha ha.
Fortunately for us, we got into the cave just before the rangers closed it. Just as we reached the cave, three rangers appeared to check a boulder that had fallen inside the entrance during a recent earthquake. Balconies Cave was formed by rocks falling over each other millions of years ago. I was too busy climbing the boulders to be concerned about any possibly slipping that afternoon.
I couldn't ask for a better way to celebrate my first day of 65! years old. :-)
Here are the memes where I'm hanging my hat today. Thank you Jesh, host of All Seasons, and Angie, host of Mosaic Monday.