Thursday, October 20, 2016
MY BRUSH WITH POLICE
This was my first day in USA and I was roaming around and clicking pictures in the sunny weather. As I crossed a school, I saw a huge ground having high fences, children of all ages in colourful dresses playing different games. In almost all schools, children are free to wear any dress, they are not bound to wear uniforms. It was a pretty sight and I clicked two pictures from my camera phone. Immediately a lady teacher came running and asked me – “Are you family?” I said no, she became furious and asked why was I clicking pictures, she threatened to call police. I was scared and told her that I have come from India and this was my first day, I have done this unintentionally but she did not calm down till I said sorry four to five times. She warned me not to do it again. This gave me an idea that how caring and protective they are of their children. Children are encouraged to ride cycles or skate boards as early as at the age of 3 years.
People here use more and more devices and machines to reduce human labour. All the houses have their own big or small gardens, and these gardens are watered by them by thin pipes fitted along the garden. Just open a tap and the whole garden is sprinkled with water. They have hand-held machines for cutting the shrubs and mowing the lawn. In every block there are laundries with washing machines lined up. One can come with the clothes and get it washed and dried paying the required cost in coins.
Parks and beaches are kept clean and maintained for the public. To attract visitors concrete table and benches are constructed with a grilling oven and a trash bin nearby. People come with family and friends, grill their food, relax and enjoy. These tables are constructed in such a way that hundreds of groups can enjoy without disturbing other groups.
POINT REYES SEASHORE AND POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE
Here we saw thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky mountains and expansive sand beached to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides and forested ridges. Point Reyes offers thousands of species of plants and animals to discover. Luckily it was a sunny morning and we could see the sea and rocks in full view. After about an hour just as were leaving we saw cloulds engulfing us and within no time everything became invisible covered with clouds.
Tomales Bay is a very long narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean. We were a group of 9 people and were carrying our lunch and beach chairs. Enjoying the food at the beach and the games after that will always remain in memory.
CYPRESS TREE TUNNEL
Just near Point Reyes, there is a row of giant Monterey cypress trees that forms a “tree tunnel”. The tunnel view is really beautiful and every visitors gets down to get photos clicked at the venue.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
It is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.
CAMPING AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
This was my first experience of camping. First again a night to spend with my two sons with no one else to interfere. There was no signal available and so even the phones were not disturbing. This is a very popular camp site and remains always booked. It was booked for us by Akhilesh and Piyush six months back. We reached a little late at the camp site but as Akhilesh had done several camping in his US stay he directed me and Piyush and set the camp within a short time. Next task was to lit the campfire. We had all the accessories required but lack of experience took us a while. Finally after one hour of trial and error our campfire was glowing and providing heat in that chilly night. We laid our camping chairs and distributed the food which we had taken along. It was pitch dark, the silence was eternal and we ate from the plates without knowing what we are eating. We spent about two hours gossiping and joking and pranking as a friends group.
After dinner we went for sky gazing. It was a dark night and no other light distraction was there. We could see almost all the stars in the sky. It was amazingly beautiful sky. For those who have not experienced it could be explained as innumerous LED spread all over the sky in haphazard way.
We were provided with cupboards were the food was to be kept. We were cautioned not to leave any food article outside or in the car. Bears come very often in that area in search of food.
The space in the camp was limited, we however changed our dresses which itself was a fun in that small area for three persons. Piyush got a stomach ache. He went to the car and found some medicine for himself but as we all were tired we slept without caring about the outside world.
We woke up with chirping of birds all around, in that serene environment. Finished our daily chore in the facilities provided at the ground and thought of bringing the ladies Sapna, Priyam, Gunja and Nirmalaji (Priyam’s Mother) to enjoy the camp site in the morning, who were there at the hotel at night. The car refused to start. We tried and tried but failed. At this point Akhilesh started on walk to reach them. After he went we talked to other campers and got their help. One came with a battery jumper and other suggested what can go wrong. About five minutes of charging from one car’s battery our car’s battery got charged and we came to a point where all others were waiting.
It was real fun. A lifetime experience for me and my family.