In a way, I can consider this as a quick post-vacation summary and preview of my next At Home linkup entry. I may have to divide the entry into three parts because there’s so much to cover, from photos (and yes, I took A LOT of photos…) to long accounts of the places my family and I have been these three days.
I’ll save all the accounts and details of the places we’ve been in future entries, most definitely at the At Home linkup. After all, these places that not very many people (in many parts of California, as well as outside California and outside U.S.) are familiar with or even aware of are a tad two hours drive away from my hometown, so yes, I will consider these as part of my hometown. Anyway.
Oh, my dearest DEER!
So, here, I have a photographed image of some deer. No, I didn’t take this in a zoo or anything (there are no zoos in these neck of the woods…), but this was taken right at our patio area of our resort apartment that we were currently staying. They were already there right at the railing of the patio when we arrived back from our day trip to majestic Yosemite.1 What were they doing here? Looking for food, of course… and probably curious about the out-of-town guests staying at the resort.
No, they are not an attraction in our suite. These deer are very native to these lands. These, along with some bears and some mountain lions. Lucky for us, we haven’t encountered any bears or mountain lions. I have to add also that in our nearby hills area here in Union City and the hilly areas of the Bay Area, there are bears and mountain lions, as well as snakes, out there. We sometimes get cases in which a mountain lion would “come for a visit” to our neighborhoods, and when that happens, no one wants to come outside until it disappears. We would have to call animal control to take care of them.
Anyway, back to the deer. I want to start off my post-vacation entry by talking about them. First of all, if you don’t live in an area with a lot of wilderness here and there, just seeing one deer face to face would be a rare, once in a lifetime moment. It makes it more special to me because we’re not even in a state park or in a state-regulated forest, so to speak. This is in a not-so gated resort community in which the patio has a railing to “protect” us from wandering around the wilderness outside.
I took this video below using my mirrorless camera and a telephoto lens. The deer are very close proximity to the point where you can reach out your hand over the railing and touch them or get their attention. My dad the animal expert, from time to time, warned us to never feed any food to any unfamiliar animal no matter how harmless they may be. Food unfamiliar to these animals can cause harm to their health. I have taken a few more photos of the deer, mostly when they were already trekking their way out from our patio, but my brother was able to take a shot of my dad resting on the patio with all five deer in them.
And yes, that’s me “narrating” the deer video. On the background are my dad and my brother talking about the deer and trying to pose along with them with my dad’s Kindle and his camera. Hope you enjoy this short clip!
Now that I think about it, there’s a message that I’m seeing when I witnessed this wonder of seeing a live and free family of deer in their natural habitat in close proximity. Only a zookeeper or a zoologist may be experiencing these close encounters with different animals every day, but I’m neither. Maybe for the locals here at Angels Camp, this was normal. For me, just seeing a live animal from the hills is somewhat normal. But, again, seeing a family of them right at your patio is definitely something else.
There is no one else more important than that of your own flesh and blood…
When I look at this family of deer, it reminds me a lot of one thing: family. Not everyone is fortunate to have a family this close, in which they can always stay together, go to places together, hunting for food and other things together, as long as they’re together. They may not always disagree with one another on several issues,2 but we as individuals should not forget where we come from, and how we came to existence. We didn’t just appear from thin air. I’m always grateful to my parents every day, and even though both of them (my mom especially) have the tendency to nag and criticize everything with what I do, I still thank them every day for giving me life and to continue to live regardless of the diseases both have gone through.
Some people may disagree with me on this, but when you go out on social media and start ranting and bitching about your mother or your father just because you have some kind of a falling out, not only that it only makes things worse for you (both psychologically and emotionally), but you will also be seen by the eyes of others as being an ungrateful ingrate, one way or the other. You may have parents (or one of them) who may be, from your point of view anyway, “poisonous” to your life, however, you ranting and bitching about them on social media constantly doesn’t make you any better than these “poisonous” people you always rant about.
I had to mention this because I see this a lot among the people in my Facebook friends. Sometimes, it’s because of these people that makes me want to shut down my entire Facebook account. This also includes some members of my extended family too. Seriously, there are a lot more issues in the world that are a whole lot worse than your mother criticizing your hair just because you dyed your hair gray (for example). And instead of involving your entire list of friends on Facebook with your family ranting and crap, you can just write these down in a journal somewhere where no one else except you can see it… or talk to someone (in real life/outside the internet) whom you really trust to avoid everyone else from getting involved.
Or, do something non-related, like art or play video games. Anyway.
No… no work… please…
I still feel travel fatigue as I write this. I’ve taken naps during the trip twice. I even took an hour nap right after I reached my room. And I still feel fatigued even after dinner. Maybe a shower would heal my fatigue. 😲
I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow… I wish I can take another day off just to rest tomorrow, but then I would be only working three days and that I won’t even get paid for all my missed days (part-time job, a disadvantage…). Dang. 😖
P.S. – Sorry for not responding to all the recent comments from my previous entry. One con that I have to mention about our vacation is that wifi is expensive and the cell signals here are very weak. I only managed to send out a few tweets here and there and a few shots on Instagram, but I also rarely used my phone to take pictures. That’s what the mirrorless camera is for. 😎
On the sidenote...
- pronounced yo-se-mee-tee [↩]
- For instance, I was a bit upset when we arrived in the wilderness area and looking forward to trying out some of the local dishes, they prefer Chinese or Vietnamese instead… 😪 [↩]