Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Winner & Trivia in Honor of Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. E B White

I picked a winner today for my anniversary giveaway!
But before I tell you who it is I want to thank you all for entering my little giveaway. And thank you for being with me during this past year too!

I thought I would be clever and put the name in a vial

along with specimens of an endangered species

that are at my office.

The name is kind of blurred...

well, a lot blurred, so I will the you the winner is...

Denise Panter!
From the blog Count it all Joy.

Congratulations Denise!

Oh, and the name of the little guys in the vials are fairy shrimp.

I thought I would share with you the reason why I live where I do.

I came to visit Yosemite one day when I was 24. I was born in Oregon but grew up in Southern California, Huntington Beach. Never really camped in my life. Came to see this place one day...

and never left. I believe in love at first sight.

I got a job here. Bought a flash light, a travel clock and a sleeping bag.

They provided the tent!

It still gives me goose bumps!

For the past 9 years I have worked for Environmental Consultants.

My boss's father was the man who was responsible for most of the research and the information we know about Giant Sequoias trees.

(some of the photos above are from and also from YNP website)

I joined 3 of my sons today for lunch and they told me about a little Earth Day thing going on in our community, so we went over there afterwards.

I took a picture of this guy.

This is actually a Eastern Fisher. But there is a special study going on in our area to find and collar these guys so they can be studied.

Unlike the Eastern Fisher, the Pacific Fisher is a species of special concern. Which means they are trying, but haven't yet been able

to get them on the endangered species list.


Diva Kreszl said...

what a wonderful inspiring when following your heart leads to the ultimate happiness :)

Denise :) said...

Sinta, what a wonderful way to live, and what a wonderful day you had! Thanks for picking me (and the fairy shrimp) to be your winner!!! :)

PunkiePie said...

Congratulations to Denise and thank you sharing those lovely pictures! One of these days I will visit over there. Happy Earth Day to you!

Ariane said...

I love all the pictures you have shared today. I also love nature and the beauty of it!!

Caryn said...

What a beautiful place to live! This is on my short list of places to visit.

Sasha said...

Congratulations Denise! You live in a beautiful place Sinta and it shows through how much you love it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Cyndi said...

Congratulations, Denise. And thanks for sharing your story, Sinta. That is one gorgeous place you live in. May we celebrate Earth Day every day!



Crafty Mama said...

What a great story! You grew up not far from me. I'm in Dana Point ☺

fiberdoodles said...

The pictures are just breath taking!

Simone de Klerk said...

Congratulations to the winner! Yosimite Park brings back good memories.

Sue said...

Congratulations on the winner!

I really enjoyed the post and your pictures too. Great story:)

Gran said...

Sinta - your anniversary was fun to celebrate - congratulations to Denise! Your thoughts and pictures made me want to take a trip your way. Maybe some day soon.

heather said...

I was wondering if you could get me your address. I don't know if you know this but you won bag a on my blog!! :) my email address is have a great day!!!

Miss T said...

Wow! What a beautiful place to live and work. If only we could all be so lucky!

Millie said...

Wow! My brother is a rock climber, and has climbed El Capitan a couple of dozen times. I visited Yosemite in 1978, and it is truly spectacular!