The brilliantly rewarding day ended with a charming dusk – a bunch of friends sitting around the campfire, sipping the smooth velvet wine under the full moon sky.
Was I too drunk with the beauty of the whole experience, or was it the spirit seeping through my veins? I could not say.
Again, making people jump after attempts to heat food on a paper plate in the camp fire….or flinging a marshmallow-on-fire after a sincere effort at roasting – can happen to any soberly sensible person, yes? I thought so. 😉
The cabin (yurt) we stayed was such a cozy cocoon of warmth, we slept tight only to wake up to a juicy-sweet morning. Lying right next to my baby and my man, I shall always remember the thick golden rays from the skylight ..sensuously reaching out to caress the eyelids .
I set out with my people into the valley again, to savor it all some more before heading back home. Half a day of dainty wilderness and no action plans – it could not get better. I would be lucky to spot a few blue jays and deer on the way. It was dainty alright, and I did spot the blue jay and the deer, but an unbelievable coincidence that day made it extraordinary incredible!
Want a slice of the scene?
Flash back, cut to the moment when a car drives into some parking lot.
Zoom inside the car, a silver grey Infinity. Passengers include a chirpy young girl and her smart young boy.
Girl : Hey Boy, AHK said she is going to the valley this weekend. We should ask her details about the overnight stay.
Boy: Sure. Wait…you said AHK? Look there’s a girl in that car parked across ours. It might be her.
Girl: * laughs* Here? Yeah right! As if I’ll fall for that.
Boy: No, I really think so.
Girl: Huh? How can you say? You just know her by the blog.
Boy: There’s a baby in the car too..the stroller..
Girl: Oh, shut up 🙂
That girl who got down the other car with a baby takes one look at this Girl and walks right up to her..
“Heyyyy Pepper!! Hi ! This is AHK”
The look on the poor little chirpy girl was absolutely Priceless.
Shock. Disbelief. Happy. Arey! What? Really? No way! – all bundled up in one expression.
And me? I was just too excited about seeing Pepper and Mint so unexpectedly, not even sure what else I said/did. Squealed, jumped, laughed, hugged or all that at once. Who remembers? 😉
But one thing I remember saying – “The eyes. I knew it was you right away Pepper. Those eyes gave you away first! ”
For the record, she does have dazzlingly beautiful pair of eyes. Cannot miss those. Also, you cannot miss Mint standing right next – sweet and smiling away nonchalantly.
Out of all days and all places, we had to be there the same day, same time, the same location and the same frigging parking lot! Wow, what a beautiful coincidence!
It took a few minutes for the excitement to settle down. As Pepper gushed over Paapu’s (seemingly) innocent looks, Mint got talking with the husband .( Turns out they studied in the same school, same city, although different year).
The visitors walking to a nearby waterfall must have wondered about two girls who spoke non-stop, laughed too much, hugged every other minute and generally acted lunatic together, without giving much of a glance towards the mesmerizing waterfalls right in front of them.
[ Special mention to the part of the conversation where AHK and Pepper were too excited for their bratty little friend, who just bagged her first dream job. An excited little jig was carried out in her honor 😉 ]
Now, is there an award for the coolest, most awesome surprise bloggers meet in the best of locations ever? Ladies and Gentlemen..look no further, here is the clear winner. 😀
“It’s a small world”, they say. I agree and add, “full of delightful surprises!” 🙂