“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling.
“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
– John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“We had Joyce photograph our wedding, and I must say that in addition to the lovely photos rendered, she was a gem during the wedding day. We were put at ease by her affable and professional demeanour, and she saved the day by providing us with her own set of makeup, toothpaste, and comb!” – Francisca & Kenny.
“Had a good sleep?”
“Yes, very well. Did you?”
“No, we couldn’t – Liz was kept awake by the thunderstorm and it started raining halfway through the night.”
Our campsite was a creek bed at Cremation Canyon. On our first night, my fellow backpackers heard the sound of water gushing when it started raining and were convinced that we were going to be washed away in our sleep. On the other hand, I didn’t notice either of that happened. It was also by far the best sleep I ever had in my life.
I must admit that the combination of summer heat and the weight we had on us was physically challenging. However, the majestic views, solitariness, and mesmerising night skies definitely made up for it. Would I do this again? Maybe.
(Photos taken on my phone and Fujifilm X20.)
We feel terrible about the two-month hiatus.
I’m in the midst of my final exams as an undergraduate and Jon has been absolutely busy with his full-time job, but I took the time off studies today and had the chance to look through photos from my Canyons backpacking trip. Here’s a little preview to the second part of my travels in America – of shadows, lines and layers. I hope you’ll enjoy these and thanks so much for sticking by.
(These photos were taken on my phone and my compact Fujifilm X20.) – Joyce
I had the opportunity to travel to America last summer. It was one of my most thrilling experiences of 2014, and I will always be grateful for that privilege. The highlights of my trip would be the people I met there, the diversity and openness of the American culture, and both the vibrant cityscapes and magnificent national parks. In three weeks, I explored areas in Manhattan of New York City, San Francisco in California, and went backpacking at Yosemite and the Grand Canyons.
This post will cover NYC and my short escapade to Yosemite. Hope you’ll enjoy this, and have a great weekend, folks!