About The Day We Chased Thunderstorms and more

As we started our last stretch of drive towards the campground after dinner Friday night, I called the park office to ask for directions. The ranger, along with confusing me with his non-stop ‘this-is-how-you-get-to-the-park’ dialogue, also warned me over and over about bear sightings in the area multiple times just that evening. “I don’t mean to scare you”, he said, “but be warned…do not leave any food outside.” I hung up and relayed the ‘warning’ message to the other three souls in the car only to hear tones of excitement over how we might get to see a real bear! And thus, we started the weekend with a bang. (If you are wondering whether we spotted a bear or not – no we did not. Oh well, maybe next time.)

___________________________

Saturday was spent hiking. Wild berries and mushrooms, leaves starting to change color, streams flowing from the mountain top, trees uprooted, lake in the valley – all that and more. And we concluded the exhausting day by relaxing near the campfire that night. Marshmallows and oranges to munch on while discussing science, society and Rajinikanth. What more can one ask for!

___________________________

Sunday was spent driving around the neighboring areas taking in the splendor that mountains are. But before we started that part, we did something that had many people looking at us going ‘you are brave.’

During our hike on Saturday, we had come across this pool of water that was freezing cold (that’s an understatement, as K puts it). As we woke Sunday morning, H was determined that he wanted to go swimming in that area. But as we reached the place and put our feet in the water, he realized how biting cold it was and wanted to give up. Just as we were nudging him to close his eyes and take a dip, there came this old guy, who without second thoughts, jumped into the water and started swimming. Looking at our eyes open wide and jaws drop, he came to us and told us that it’s just the initial shock and that it’s not so bad after. And that was enough to give H the push that he needed. He got rid of his apprehensions and walked right into the water. And man, was he glad! As cold as it was, he said that nothing else can be as refreshing. And before we knew it, K was in the water swimming, and claiming the same.

I sat there, hugging a tree, listening to these two discuss how it feels like million needles pricking their body as soon as they came out of the water. With so much talks about how this is one of the best experiences ever, I thought that the least I could do was wet my hair. So there I was, walking into the water, only planning to go ankle deep, enough to freeze my feet, and help myself wash my hair. But as I walked in, something came upon me and I kept going deeper and deeper, until I found myself desperately wanting to dive right in. And that I did. Not once, not twice but thrice, I think. And this surely did redefine the word ‘refreshed’ for me. The way I felt every time I walked out of that water has no comparison to anything I’ve felt before.

Now, with three of us drenched in ice cold water, it wasn’t hard to push S to do the same. And, no doubt that she was more than happy to have done it!

So, after this invigorating experience, we started our drive through the mountains, with stops every now and then to enjoy it all without any distractions. During one of our stops to sink in the beauty that surrounded us, we noticed the black clouds that hovered above. Thunders, so loud, we heard. Flashes of lightning every few seconds, we saw. Was someone trying to descend from heavens above using the silver ropes of lightning, while hiding behind the veils of mist and clouds, all the while distracting us, earthlings, with roars of thunders? We’ll never know, will we?

We spent some time there taking it all in and then ran to the car for refuge as the first few drops of rain came rushing down. And, oh, were we glad we ran! Because, within seconds, the clouds burst and a hailstorm poured. We sat there as we waited for the storm to pass while eating the apples that S had just plucked from a tree off the road. Bliss, at its best!

We resumed the drive as the storm passed, but as we drove a few miles we realized that we were chasing the storm. So we took a detour, went the opposite way taking a longer route. The best thing about having no destination, setting no agenda, is that we get to do things the way we want to without freaking out about time or anything of the sorts. We drove all afternoon, roamed around in a charming little town in the evening, and had dinner before starting our drive back. And that drive, again, had us going along with the clouds that were pouring generously on us. What better way to relax after The Day We Chased Thunderstorms but by falling asleep to music of rain?

___________________________

Monday was mostly about wrapping up and driving back. Other than cleaning, packing, and traveling in more rain, the one notable thing about how the weekend came to an end was when I slipped on a banana peel. No I did not fall, but thankfully balanced myself. But that short slip after I put my foot on the peel had both S and K laughing so hard. Apparently, they had only heard, or seen on TV about how people can slip when they land on banana peel and now they got to see it for real.  They laughed and laughed, and laughed some more when they narrated the episode to H, who joined the laughter party. Oh well, I shall not complain, for I had a good hearty laughter session myself. What fun!

Advertisements

, , , ,

  1. #1 by anisnest on September 7, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    isn’t laughter contagious? and I laugh too.. sorry T can’t help it..:)
    a wonderful weekend… were you guys affected by Irene? was there power cut?

    laugh away 😀

    Irene was a weekend before the long weekend. It came, it went. No damages or power cut 🙂

    Like

  2. #2 by Comfy on September 7, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    It sounds like the perfect camping trip with everything adding up to leave me all green. Super glad you had an amazing weekend. 🙂

    😀

    Like

  3. #3 by bikram on September 7, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    wow wow i woild love to go on such a holiday. You had fun yayyyyy

    i sure had fun! 🙂

    Like

    • #4 by Bikram on October 19, 2011 - 5:58 am

      Ok u had fun when you coming back 🙂

      😀

      Like

  4. #5 by Psych Babbler on September 7, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Sounds like a lovely long weekend! And the banana peel I’d have like to have seen it…has happened to me too (without the falling flat down) but no one around to laugh…haven’t seen anyone else slip though! 😛 Any pictures from the camping? Would love to see them…

    ahh, so I have company. Thankfully, I didn’t fall flat down either…not sure if I would’ve laughed had I fallen down 😛

    pics – will share if/when K uploads 🙂

    Like

  5. #6 by celestialrays on September 7, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    I am all smiles here!
    Loved the cold water bit 🙂
    This is the only fun I am getting with work and all. So write more about such trips 😉

    😀 you go on and plan a vacation already…you’ve been working too hard 🙂

    Like

  6. #7 by Nuttie Natters on September 7, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    what a fantastic weekend!!! sounds like so much fun…and the lake i am so jealous….i really want to experience it…glad u tried it 🙂

    😀

    Like

  7. #8 by anna's mom on September 8, 2011 - 1:06 am

    wow. just wow. i am in awe and i am so so jealous.

    🙂

    Like

  8. #9 by Tharani on September 8, 2011 - 1:23 am

    Wow…You swam in the ice cold water…What Is that pool of water, lake or something?? You are brave.
    I have fallen flat many times , have such clumsy legs and laugh at people who fall too.. That’s fun na ..

    it was a river stream 🙂

    Like

  9. #10 by RS on September 8, 2011 - 2:26 am

    exciting and adventurous weekend was had…

    “Was someone trying to descend from heavens above using the silver ropes of lightning, while hiding behind the veils of mist and clouds, all the while distracting us, earthlings, with roars of thunders” *sigh*

    🙂

    Like

  10. #11 by Achu on September 8, 2011 - 4:54 am

    wow!! your weekend sounded so much fun! 🙂
    reading about the cold pool gave me goosebumps. 😀

    😀

    Like

  11. #12 by BlueMist on September 8, 2011 - 5:21 am

    Wow Your campings are so much fun that I am green 😛

    you have an open invitation to come visit, remember? 🙂

    Like

  12. #13 by HappyFeet on September 9, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Lovely! And the header too, love it! 🙂

    thank you!

    Like

  13. #14 by Swaram on September 9, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Ohh the ice cold water pool must hv been fun, like everything else here 🙂 I soo wish I cn have such a weekend outing soon 🙂

    🙂

    Like

  14. #15 by Pixie on September 10, 2011 - 9:56 am

    sounds like a perfect camping trip!!
    The ponds and lakes we find are fun! The water cold but inviting!! 🙂

    you slipped on a banana peel?! rofl! Sorry, but i have this image of you slippinng and waving your hands about trying to balance it out and its funny!! 😛 😛

    😀

    Like

  15. #16 by Pepper on September 10, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Totally amazing experience this seemed like..
    The last bit reminded me of how I burst out laughing when I tripped on a banana peel. And I was all alone. I actually fell, unlike you. People came over to help me up, but I couldn’t stop laughing. I must have seemed insane. 😀

    LOL

    Like

  16. #17 by adayinlifeofmom on September 12, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    loved reading about the trip 🙂 it is so nice to not have destination or schedule of things to do..just go with flow…
    do you mind if I ask which park did you visit? would love to see some pics as well 🙂

    a campground in White Mountains area in NH

    Like

  17. #18 by Santosh kumar on September 14, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Very Adventurous experience.. nice post.

    thanks

    Like

  18. #19 by Saritha on September 15, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Sounds like u had so much fun,post pics no…

    🙂

    Like

  19. #20 by kragsr on September 19, 2011 - 10:45 am

    sorry but i could not visualize properly – what did you actually do with that banana peel 😛 ?

    you evil evil you 😀

    Like

  20. #21 by liveonimpulse on September 22, 2011 - 2:10 am

    what an adventurous trip T !! Loved the way you narrated it..

    thank you!

    Like

  21. #22 by Vidya on September 22, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Looks like you had the best weekend ever!!:)) I’m feeling cold by just visualizing you guys stepping into the freezing water!!

    😀

    Like

  22. #23 by ~G on September 23, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Wow! Sounds like fun. And reminds me I haven’t said hello to my favourite mountain ranges, the Himalayas, in a long time now. Sigh! 😦

    🙂

    Like

  23. #24 by Deboshree on September 26, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    What a trip this must have been! The hike sounds too good to be true… awesomeness!

    🙂

    Like

  24. #25 by bini on October 15, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    You narrate your adventures so wonderfully!

    thank you!

    Like

  25. #26 by binpin on October 25, 2011 - 10:36 am

    I love how you and your friends take pleasure in the simplest of joys in life:)

    🙂

    Like

  26. #27 by Tan on October 31, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    Where are you?

    right here 😀

    Like

  27. #28 by Deepa on November 5, 2011 - 10:44 am

    wow ! naiicee …. so you had a good time .. it really helps to unwind this way once in a while, rt ?

    how have you been ? A long time !!

    I’ve been ok. Hope you’re doing well 🙂

    Like

  28. #29 by Swaram on November 16, 2011 - 5:56 am

    Missing ur writing T! 🙂
    Hw hv u been?

    I am good…how are you, swar?

    Like

  29. #30 by Scribby on November 25, 2011 - 11:56 am

    isn’t it too too too long for a new post? 😦

    I’m missing this space so much T!

    yeah I know..it’s been way too long.. 🙂

    Like

  30. #31 by Anonymous on December 3, 2011 - 1:12 am

    next post : “the days when he whole world chased T for her next post ” :p

    LOL

    Like

    • #32 by Matt on August 21, 2012 - 4:27 pm

      LOL. How come you didn’t write for long ?

      😀 who knows

      Like

  31. #33 by Priya on December 6, 2011 - 3:55 am

    Hey! How have you been?
    No posts since so long… whats up?
    Hope you’re doing fine 🙂

    I am fine, thank you 🙂

    Like

  32. #34 by Psych Babbler on December 7, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Missing your posts T…please come back to blogging!!!

    ok 😀

    Like

  33. #35 by Dew on December 29, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Sounds fun… how have you been?

    I am good, how are you?

    Like

  34. #36 by Bindhu!! on December 31, 2011 - 9:10 am

    T – Happy new year! Hope everything is well…. Post something when you find time :)))

    happy new year to you and yours too Bindhu!

    Like

  35. #37 by HappyFeet on January 5, 2012 - 5:37 am

    Hey! Hope you are well? Where are you hiding?

    🙂

    Like

  36. #38 by Matt on August 21, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    Did anyone get it on video? 😛

    not that i know of 😛

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: