Wayback Wednesday: El Capitan

The family in front of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, summer 1985.
The family in front of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, summer 1985.

Since yesterday’s post focused on my new, fairly fabulous hair, it seemed appropriate to make today’s Wayback Wednesday post one with what is arguably (only in that there are so. many. to choose from) my worst hairstyle ever – the poodle. I mean seriously, some kind of wedge cut with a perm? Who ever would have thought that was a good idea? Especially with my monstrously thick hair? Ugh.

Style choices aside, this photo captures a moment in what was – in my opinion – our best family vacation ever. It was our second trip out to see Mom’s siblings on the west coast, and one of our stops was Yosemite National Park. This particular photo is in front of El Capitan, one of the iconic natural features in the park. (One of  many, given that Ansel Adams’ photography made quite a few of the park’s vistas immediately recognizable.) I was absolutely captivated by the beauty of it, so much so that I decided I wanted to be a park ranger so that someday I could live there all summer.

That, of course, never came to pass – largely because once I became friends with a few rangers and discovered the arduous career path one had to take to eventually land such plum assignments, I realized it wasn’t for me – but I have more vivid memories of that trip than of any I had taken before, and most since.

If I were a bucket list kind of gal, spending a large chunk of time living in Yosemite would be on it. I can’t imagine I would ever run out of fascinating things to look at or think about there.

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Do you have photos from your past that you’re willing to share – and a blog to post them on? Play along with Wayback Wednesday by linking back to this post or sharing in the comments so we can snoop into your past, too!

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4 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: El Capitan

  1. Eileen September 29, 2011 / 7:48 am

    Apparently the alternative theme for WBW is holy craptastic hair Eileen! or why modeling your hair after movies is never good (last week Annie, this week Molly Ringwald in 16 Candles). Sarah can we resume the places you’ve lived subtheme please

  2. Mary Billingsley September 29, 2011 / 8:02 am

    Forget the hair…I’m loving the purses!

  3. Common Loon September 29, 2011 / 9:25 am

    Don’t worry, in 20 years what we’re sporting on our heads will look just as ridiculous!

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