A Walk to the Edge of the Planet (Taft Point)

We played until the valley flooded with gold, amethysts, and sapphires. It was as magical as it sounds.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAThere will be times in your life when you’ll step into places that will make you want to freeze time. You’ll want to squeeze every second into your mind and heart so as to never forget how it made you feel.

This was one of those places.

Yosemite National Park holds many stunning views, but the road to Glacier Point is truly a gem. A forty-minute drive from Yosemite Valley and past Tunnel View lead us high into the mountains overlooking the valley.

The golden hour was fast approaching.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAOur walk begins through a forest. Everything kissed by light-rays explodes into vibrant pigments as I stare in amazement.

I’ve walked through many forests. But California, you, too, are magical.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAWe follow the light, but I feel nervous walking through the grove of trees. The wildlife is different, and we know to be aware of every cracking branch around us. But we are thirsty for exploration…

Welcome to the edge of the planet.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CATaft Point. Where Earth leaves you speechless and valleys are flooded with gold. The only gold I’ll ever love.

It is late enough to where the crowds have cleared. Everything is silent. We are silent. 

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAAnd I’m reminded just how great it is to watch the world with stars in our eyes, to feel every moment awaken our senses until it raises every hair on our skin…

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAThis place exists. 

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAI begin to make my way toward the cliff where my boyfriend stands. But stay humble, I’m reminded. Walk as if you’re kissing the earth with your feet.

I respectfully oblige. 

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAAnd we let ourselves get lost.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAHappy light beaming from our faces and smiling from ear to ear.

We spy another group of people on the cliff across from us. They look beautiful embraced in gold.Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CALight chasers.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA“Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.”

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAGold soon turns into amethysts and sapphires. Purples and blues.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA

And the ever so gallant El Capitan stares back at us.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAWe watch the sun disappear behind a cloud. Every bone in my body is weak in love. This Earth. This blue. This man…

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAMy watch is right only sometimes. Today is not that day. But I smile as I realize Now is all that matters. #WildestTimeTravel

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA, #WildestTimeTravelWe have no idea where we’ll sleep tonight or what we’ll do tomorrow. But here we are, at the edge of Earth, watching the sun rest itself to sleep behind the mountains. How truly fortunate we must be. 

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CANothing else matters.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CANothing else matters, except sharing this place — this moment — with my favorite human.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAEvery sunset is magical if we just take the moment to acknowledge it.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAThe sun finally falls asleep, but these cliffs are not ready to let us leave. I am happy to squeeze just a few more moments into my heart.

Photos are great. But I take a moment to feel the surface of the cliff, to breathe the air, and to notice every curve in the valley. After all, what is a photo without a memory? …Empty.

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAWe say goodnight to King Sun and head back through the tree grove. It’s dark now, so we walk in haste and are loud in our conversation.

We laugh at each other, because secretly we’re nervous at the possibility of being pounced by a mountain lion. Or a bear :)

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CAAnd just like the trees, my heart grew roots at the edge of the planet. Until we meet again.

Lying in our tent under the stars reminded me of something I read somewhere on the interweb.

We live on a tiny rock floating through space that has no real beginning or end. It is simple, yet we choose to complicate life. We create imaginary (sometimes physical) lines, governments, and religions that divide us all. We trade our time for paper to buy the resources that we can cultivate from our Mother herself and that should belong to us all. Why do we choose to complicate life?

There are multiple layers of complexity to life. I know that. But sometimes it helps to just take a step back and remember that life is a lot more simpler than we make it to be.

We walked to the edge of the planet, and it was beautiful. But more beautiful is the fact that these places exist. They exist for us to love and enjoy, and I hope that they remain for years and years. Get out there :)

Love & Light,

Denise

Taft Point, Glacier Point, Yosemite, CA

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