Monday, June 02, 2008

Bridalveil Falls

The waterfall in this picture is called Bridalveil Falls. It does look somewhat lace-like when the wind blows the spray around, but a park ranger also told us that there is a legend stating that if you can stare at the falls for a full minute without blinking, you’ll be married within a year.

One of the members of our party—a wonderful Australian woman named Michelle who has been dating Pipi’s brother Eddie for a few years—confessed to me later that she’d tried this trick, but hadn’t been able to pull it off.

In the end it didn’t matter, though: On Sunday, Eddie and Michelle slipped away from the group for a private hike. When Eddie found just the right spot in the woods, he got down on one knee and popped the question.

Eddie and Michelle were absolutely giddy the whole rest of the weekend. I thought Michelle would hyperventilate when they made the announcement, and already several hours had passed. They’re happy, and I’m very happy for them.

But I confess that some of this happiness is for myself, too. This development means that Pipi is about to have an Australian sister in law. Which means that I practically have an Australian sister-in-law. Which is just about the coolest thing imaginable. Better yet, the wedding may take place in Australia. I’m so excited for that I can’t stand it. Hopefully more details will follow soon.


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Nicole,
I came across your writing and photos via Pohangina Pete. I particularly enjoyed your photos and writings of Yosemite. I love the mist and grey cloud almost more than blue sky photos. It adds an element of remotenes, even caution, to such an amazing place. Ka kite,

Nicole said...

Thanks, Robb! I also loved the mist. I think that kind of weather suits the park just fine. It actually was very crowded in the park the weekend I was there, but it was easy to forget the hordes looking at those lonely, misty peaks.