How do You Blow off Steam?

More Magazine  asked me how I blow off steam?

Check out their slideshow  on some unusual ways entrepreneurs regain their peace of mind.

Here was my response:

Recall a Positive Memory: I have several pictures that are captured in my mind’s-eye. How stunning the landscape looked from Mt. Dana Peak at 13,000 feet or how the clouds were just an arms’ reach away when I stood on Mt. Whitney Summit at 14,500 feet. I only have to close my eyes for just a tiny bit and transport myself to the sights, smell and sounds of sheer beauty–to a place where I felt very much alive and at peace. Then, I come back, re-energized and ready to take on the world.

How do you blow off steam?

Aloha Hawaii. Mahalo Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii!

In how many ways and how many little things can I count thy stunning beauty?

How can my lousy photo taking skills and my silly old camera do justice in capturing thy beauty?

Thy lush green gardens,

thy coconut and banana trees,

thy beautiful flowers,

thy jet black lava rocks,

thy numerous birds,

thy breath taking beaches.

Your sights and sounds will stay in my inner mind for ever.

Until we meet again…Mahalo Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii - 2- Ambal Balakrishnan

Climbing Mt. Whitney in Inyo National Forest

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat.

Adi and Ari are in India with grandparents. So, Kumar and I have been out this summer doing backpacking and seeing all the beauty that CA and OR forests have to offer.

On Monday, July 26 about noon time Kumar and I completed one of our long standing goals of completing the Mt. Whitney Climb.

We ascended the summit from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 8,365 feet and completed the round trip 22-mile hike in 19 hours! We managed to hike it without any altitude sickness(altitude sickness can be dangerous and life-threatening!).  Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4421 m).

2 eyes, 1 lifetime, 1 soul is not enough to enjoy God’s work from 14,500 ft!