When I heard the story a week or so ago about a couple who had plunged to their deaths from a scenic lookout, Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park, California while taking a selfie, I cringed. What a horrible way to die.
A few days ago I saw more coverage of the story, this time with a picture, and as soon as I saw bright pink hair, my heart sank. I knew it was Minaxi. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would know this couple, as well as you can know blogging friends here at WordPress. Perhaps you knew them, too?
It’s taken me a while to find the words to write this post. Originally Minaxi’s blog was called Gameplan Happily Ever After and she blogged about being part of a newlywed Indian couple, married in 2014, who absolutely loved to travel. She wrote about her wedding and her sweet husband, Vishnu, and their life together. How she didn’t really cook and how she loved shopping and everything that was pink!
I’m not even sure how Minaxi and I met or why we bonded. Somehow we followed each other’s blogs and I know she hoped to become a full-time travel blogger. I called her my adopted daughter in one post and you’ll see our conversation in the comments. I even wrote a post about how I met my hubby because she asked me to and you can see her comments there, too.
She had begun a newer blog that has now been deleted. But I’ve looked back at Gameplan and you can see all her adorable pictures of their life and travels.
I understand an investigation into what happened is ongoing. Apparently an unattended tripod was found at Taft Point which seems to confirm the selfie taking theory, but I’ve also read some speculative comments that there was something odd about the situation. I don’t believe it for a minute. Minaxi was just so fun and full of life. I’m certain she and Vishnu simply ventured too close to the edge where there were no guard rails and fell in an awful, tragic accident.
They will be laid to rest in northern California, a young couple whose story ends far too soon. And as I write this and think of Minaxi and Vishnu and their heartbroken families, my heart is breaking, too.
Photo from Facebook
Driving back to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon, we drove over the bypass highway in view of Hoover Dam at dusk. It is pretty at night, isn’t it?
Many years ago, I had been at a conference in Los Angeles and met my girlfriends in Vegas for a few days before flying home. Back then you could wander the whole dam, which we did on a side trip. The old road you used to be able to drive over the crest of the dam is only used by dam visitors after 9/11 security restrictions and increased traffic in the area.
Even last week as we were traveling through the area, there was a news story of a man in a “homemade armored truck” with a rifle that shut down one of the access roads for several hours! https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/man-holed-up-in-armored-truck-on-hoover-dam-bypass-bridge-arrested/amp/
Formerly known as Boulder Dam, the structure is pretty imposing up close and Lake Mead, created by the backed up Colorado River, is gorgeous. But you can see by the light sides along the lake how far down the water level is. It’s only 40 percent filled because of drought and water usage.
There are still tours you can take of the dam, which is owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and sits on the Nevada-Arizona border. When you consider this massive structure was built during the Depression and created thousands of jobs for otherwise unemployed people, it was a pretty amazing undertaking to provide flood control, hydroelectric power and water to Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
We have my husband’s family reunion coming up over Memorial Day weekend and we struggle each year to get everyone to participate and even how to go about arranging it. Like a lot of families, we have people living in many different states but we always travel to Tennessee, which is where the family began.
This year one of the things I’m bringing is Milky Way cake, from a recipe passed down from my mother-in-law that my boys always request for their birthdays or holidays. It’s so good and holiday calories don’t count, right? 🙂
Does anyone else do a family reunion and have any ideas to pass along? How do you handle the food?
Here’s the cake recipe:
Milky Way Cake (makes one three layer cake)
8 regular size Milky Way bars
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup pecans (optional)
1/2 t. baking soda
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
Cream one stick butter and sugar and set aside. Melt one stick butter and candy bars in double boiler until candy is melted. Beat eggs into sugar and butter one at a time. Put baking soda in buttermilk, then add to melted candy bar mixture (take off of heat). Add chocolate mixture to butter and sugar and beat, then add flour a little at a time and beat to combine. Add nuts, chopped, if using.
Put into three round 8 inch pans, greased and floured, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.
(You will need to make this recipe twice for each recipe of frosting and to make two three-layer cakes)
2 ½ cups sugar
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1 stick butter
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff
Cook sugar and milk over medium heat (until soft ball stage) about 3 minutes after it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, beat until smooth. Cool until almost cold before frosting cakes.
The cakes freeze well, frosted or unfrosted, wrapped well in plastic wrap and then foil.