Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Friends

Isn't the internet the most amazing thing?

I write this blog and people read it. I read other people's blogs, sometimes I respond, sometimes people respond to my blog. Over time, even though we've never met, a connection is forged, real as can be.

Sometimes we're even lucky enough to meet some of these folks face to face.

And that's what happened today, when I got the chance to finally meet MeriKay . A fellow blogger, she's an RV wannabe who lives a mere 30 minutes from us.

We met up and took a little walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

What a beautiful day it was.

My foot has been kind of funky so we took it easy, but that gave us plenty of time to stop and smell the roses. And the redwoods.

It's been a while since I've spent any time under the trees and I found I had forgotten how to take pictures when the contrast is so extreme.

Knowing some of these wouldn't read correctly,
I found myself looking at shapes.
As always, you can click to enlarge.

Shapes and colors.

I spied this tree from a ways away.

Even closer up, I couldn't quite tell
if this was a limb or a whole new tree,
growing right out of this giant redwood.
Whatever it was, I liked it.

In keeping with shapes,
for some reason,
this looked like a lamb.
Well, the back of a baby lamb.
It was much more realistic in the real world.

I know it's a bit of a cliché
to say the redwoods create a cathedral effect,
but clichés are created because they're based in truth.

Right next to Henry Cowell is Roaring Camp Railroad. We took a stroll over there, but the train had already departed.

Maybe we'll do that another day.
For today I just took a shot of this perfect iris.

After our walk, we took a drive down to the auction. MeriKay is also divesting herself of some possessions and was interested in taking a look at the whole operation. After that, we stopped at Costco (right across the street from the auction) where I picked up even more boxes for our auction items.

It was a lovely day, perfect in every way.

I sure hope I get the chance
to meet more of you one of these days.
So far, every encounter has been so positive.
Life is truly good.


Russ Krecklow said...

What a cool thing. You just never know who you're going to meet up with, do you? Hope you and Merikay had time to talk while you were walking. Sure enjoyed the pictures. It's always so difficult to capture the redwoods, but you've done a pretty darn good job. Love the picture of the lamb! I see it!! Say "Hi" to Terry. Love you guys.

Lew and Jan Johns said...

Kate, the black background is impossible for me, especially with gray text and red headings.


Jerry and Suzy said...

It is always delightful to meet a new blogging friend. And even more delightful to find out they are good people! We've met a bunch in person, some we have kept up with, others not -- either they drop out or we do, depending.

Jim and Gayle said...

A couple walked by the other day and the woman said: "If I say Cholula Red, what would you think of? I laughed and immediately said "Kate and Terry". Guess she worked with you at the PO, and they don't live too far from you. I forgot to get their names but we had a nice chat. For such a big country, the RV world seems small sometimes!

meowmomma said...

glad you girls got to meet since you're practically neighbors!!!

liking the new look of your blog!

Jorge and Evielynne's RV Road Adventures said...

This life allows us to reach out with out fear. Back in Miami I never would of dreamed to do such a thing. But the freedom of love in the RV world is the best thing I have ever lived with. Great friends can meet just about in any state and I am thankful for the wide open roads we travel. Your photo's are very beautiful and you have a great eye for details - that's a major talent.


Merikay said...

Your pictures are really beautiful! I have to get Craig one of those camera holders (maybe for father's day) then I can use it and take his camera for a walk!

Kate said...


Sorry that the layout is so bad for you, most people have liked it. That said, I'll be changing it soon. Now that I know how, I think I'll get a new background every couple of weeks.


photowannabe said...

Kate, these shots are some of the best you've done. I love your concentration on shapes.
Glad you were able to meet a fellow blogger and RV-er. Such friends are so special.
Keep on purging and in a few months we will finally get down to see you with some of your treasures. (:0)