Mt Whitney 14505 ft
Lone Pine Lakelone pine lake at 10000 ft is a little blue gem… the campground here doesn’t need any permit.. so will do a family camping someday soon. 🙂
Outpost Campsurrounded by cliffs, submerged by beauty .. imagine pitching up your tents somewhere in the middle of this meadow .. 🙂
The Alpine glowA symbolic representation of a dreamer’s dream…
when you are being surrounded by darkness but where you want to go is so brightly lit..
Whitney Trailheadwith a 50 pound backpack.. i was smiling when we started 😦 but each ounce was soon a pain with every step uphill.. I now have ‘enough’ experience to do my next backpacking a sub-20.
mirror lake mirror lake what do you see? trees are trembling rocks rollicking, I see what you see.howz that new poem? I wrote it then and there 🙂
Fall in the fall
Always Look Upsomewhere between the outpost camp and trail camp…
you will always find someone if you look up..now, does it sound inspirational? 🙂
Trail Campcamping under the alpine glow, for one last push next morning to the pinnacle of a dream.. with bear canisters in the corner, a water filtering system hanging from another rock, the tents weighed down by enough rocks all for nothing but a noisy sleepless night ahead with the dream of a dream twinkling in my eyes… o my! I can’t explain what i went thru in that rock pit 🙂
Maggi on Mount Whitney 🙂
Guitar Lakesuch a painful beauty :|:|:| by the time you see this lake, your leg muscles would have already given up, a slight headache seeping the back of your head due to the lack of oxygen in the air, the sun scorching you as you are 13000 ft closer than ever :|:|:|
Trail Crestafter the trail crest to the whitney summit… hitchcock lake to the left and guitar lake to the right, the John Muir trail goes down to the lakes while the Whitney Trail goes up to the summit.. this valley is so beauty soaked
Wag BagsI am still a sharp shooter not just with guns you know 🙂 my first wag bag a huge success ;):P I too was terrified initially but if you don’t like the idea of it then you sure will miss a many stunning geographies on the Earth… and possibly die the death of a couch potato.
The famous 99-switchbacksDo you see the ‘S’ shaped curves all over the rocky terrain? There are supposedly a 99 of them at a stretch to the summit (I counted 102) that truly thoroughly test your glutes and calfs .. But of course there are switchbacks everywhere all through the 11 miles each way :|:(
The Needles and Windowscheck your eyesight here by spotting the two hikers at the first window from left.. ( that ‘V’ shaped cut in the rocks is called a ‘window’.. you have to maximize the pic to see the scale of each rock against a human being)
What is ‘beauty’ for you?
Pinnacle Rockfinally, I am standing on the rock I was staring at from the road below in the valley.. and i have been dreaming about it for the last two years
The SummitOn top of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States 🙂
Its the bear country you know 🙂at the whitney portal campground, a subaru outback rear door was kept open (there were two girls all packed up and going away but were not there at the car momentarily) when a bear sneaked in, destroyed everything and lugged away a backpack..
A journey thats worth the painThats all.. It was a fantastic hike that is cherishable forever. Looking forward to more such accomplishments. Now that I got this high, lets c. Thanks for reading.
What is the right way to fry potato?
Cut them into big pieces and pan-fry them until goldish brown color tending them EACH to perfection. It takes a lot of time and patience to see each piece wilt nicely on all sides and uniformly browned. Sprinkle some garlic salt for a mild flavor and your choice of chilli/spice powder.
So why is this the right way to fry potato?
Any starch item for that matter tastes best when smoked/fried/torched, that is any dry method of roasting. Thats a prehistoric preference ever since man started cooking his food, ain’t it? But as the outer layers turn dry/brown with heat, we still have to have enough inner layers that give us the actual taste and yumminess. Thats why we need to cut them into big pieces. And if all the sides get the same amount of heat, that proves the Chef’s patience and skill 🙂
Present it to your kids or guests in the dining room and wait for the wide-eyed smile. 🙂
If you look into the nutrition portfolio of watercress, mushrooms, onions and medley tomatoes.. together with green chilli and garlic salt… all minced and then beaten up with some fresh eggs and toasted with a hint of butter? I think that makes the best omelette… yummy and healthy.. taste and texture.. I am sure your kids will love it too.
21900 is a surprisingly small number but that is 365*60 which means if you lead a superbly active life full of events every day, you can do it hardly some 21 thousand times.. wtf!!! thats a very small number 😦
I just got this new idea to improve my blog posts and overall writing techniques. Many a time while writing my posts, I get stuck in generalizing few issues, just because I don’t have sufficient data to give it a shape in words. So, shooting a “1-minute quick survey (anonymous)” before my post, collecting data and then writing around it, not only makes my posts smooth but also will have a good data backup.
And I would surely give such blog posts a new name, you know me, right? 🙂 “Blogopines”.. howzat?
And to get started, here is a quick 1 minute survey on a very interesting concept…
“Balu”.. thats me. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/52F73PN
Please fill this anonymous survey in, it shouldn’t take more than a minute which will surely help me of course. I can share the survey format with you too, so you can get your own feedback 🙂
Its interesting to read how the ancient Caliphs of Islam embraced Chess. Kudos to David Shenk for his book “The Immortal Game” which is not just for chess freaks but also anyone who is interested in the history of this ridiculously wonderful game and how it survived millennia. And to give you a fillip to grab this book, here is a quick puzzle, of course the puzzle itself is from Al-Adli’s “Book of Chess” written in 840 AD… yes.. a 1200 years before this day :). Al-Adli was one of the strongest ‘aliyat’s (highest of ranks, something equivalent to today’s GrandMaster).
Grab this book today.
In the following puzzle, its White’s turn who need to checkmate Black in 3 moves. I solved it in under 60 seconds. Whats your timing?
Watch carefully, there is a lot of science in these Beyblade battles.. Minimize/maximize centrifugal force dissipation by running blades in same/opposite orientation, tangential impact delivery on contact, multi-layer blade construction that helps technique win over the sheer force by reducing torque bias with non-planar impacts, Trenches in the stadium corners for better real estate appeal (you won’t go to a corner very frequently if you understand why)… wow.. Salute Japan for their toy design.. So what can be improved?
- Locking spin launcher in place, to minimize reload time; to deliver the blade in opposite direction next time;
- launcher gun that can hold multiple blades in position and keep launching with a spinner with horizontal motion in both sides;
- Stadiums can be circular and then have the step trenches in spiral fashion. So you hit a trench more frequently, but can jump over it if you are fast enough.. else crash 😉
- Models with open stadium top are dangerous for kids, when the blades split up and go popping up.
- Launch pads for blades on the sides with stadium in slight oval shape that takes in the launched blades, with the stadium top fully covered with transparent material is the best possible design.
#daddy’s #magic you won’t believe it takes just 20 mins plus the simmering time to serve this deliciously hot carrot sweet, loaded with almonds and pistachios… A wonderful snack for the kids. A great piece of relaxation for daddy. A healthy dose of nutrition. Did i hear someone say win-win-win? 🙂 #gajar #halwa
With so many great books by so many great people, if you still see Ignorance in this world, thats because of people like u and me not having a reading habit and not teaching it to the kids.
people often miss super important things just because they look too simple to notice.. In this unassuming letter, Kartikeya writes to Tooth-fairy to help find out a missing toy… instead of asking for a new one… knowing very well that he can get any expensive gift in exchange of his tooth. I am so proud today..
Kids pick up humility, minimalism and a ton of other traits from parents, just by watching them… Be very careful and prepared if you are playing a parent.
K: Dear Tooth-fairy, can you please give me Sandeep’s Rubixcube that I got in Mumbai.(?)
T: Dear Kartikeya, I am busy in Alaska right now. Will give tomorrow.
haha, poor Tooth-fairy didn’t stand a chance but had to buy time finding that long lost toy ;):P