#WeekendCoffeeShare: Sunset, Moonrise, Life Goes On, Etc.

Good morning, let’s drink some coffee and have some breakfast, shall we? Or if you’ve already had your breakfast or lunch or dinner, why not dine with me anyways? I’m hungry and I don’t feel like cooking at home, not with my mom there. She’s in a mood.

Have you had Cracker Barrel before? Their breakfast is to die for or maybe it’s because I love Southern comfort food.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about my hike on Antelope Island on Friday night, except, there was no hike. I missed it due to a delay on the road. It’s terrible, isn’t it, when you’re counting on the regular driver to get you from A to B in a predictable amount of time but instead, you get a substitute driver who drives 10 miles below the speed limit not to mention it’s 10 minutes late to pick up its passengers, ultimately costing me the opportunity of an amazing hike or was this a sort of spiritual intervention? Hmm…

I still got some awesome photos though, despite not making the hike. I knew the island well enough to know how to get to the place for the best sunset photo and where to see the moonrise.

Since I went alone, I had all the time in the world to get the best photos I needed and not only I finally got a photo of a gorgeous sunset, I got this panorama seconds after the sun sank below the horizon.

I checked the time after taking this photo and realized I had only minutes to get to my next destination if I want to experience my first moonrise.

Then without realizing it, I parked my car right in front of the spot the moon was supposed to rise from. I opened the app on my phone and searched and searched the sky for the moon. Then it was like someone sang “Pop goes the Weasel” and the moon shot above the snow-cap mountains into my view.

It was one of the most amazing displays I’ve ever seen and I was grateful I got to experience it with no interruptions. It was just me, my new camera, and my car, on an island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this wasn’t my last trip to this island. I’ll probably a few times this year to hike, to photograph more sunsets, and most definitely, the night sky. After all it’s a dark sky park located only 20 minutes from home.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that’s the most excitement I’ve had in a while. I could hardly sleep the night before. That was how excited I was.

Otherwise, life still sucks. My mom and I are still walking on thin ice around each other. It’s as though we’re constantly reminding each other that if the ice breaks, it’ll be like Christmas Eve all over again, except worse.

To me, it’s also a constant reminder that there’s a balance and boundary between sanity and insanity and I’m trying hard these days to look to the positive and keep myself on the sane side of life despite all my family does around me is complain.

For example, my aunt told me not to buy black grapes anymore. “They’re bruised.” She said.

“I might had accidentally bumped it with my leg as I was carrying the bag from the store to my car.”  Suck it up, was what I had wanted to say, it’s just a couple of bruised grapes, eat around it or give it to me and I’ll eat it. 

I hate when people complain about food. Do they know how many people are starving around the world? And here they were, not wanting to swallow a few bruised grapes.


If we were having coffee and something to eat, I would thank you for another chat. Please, come back soon for the next edition of #weekendcoffeeshare.

13 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Sunset, Moonrise, Life Goes On, Etc.

  1. I. Love. Cracker Barrel! We are lucky to have one not too far away, and always look for them when traveling! Sorry to hear about the hiccups with your hike, but your photos are amazing, as usual! How nice to have all that time for your sunset photo. I’m sure it was good for the soul. Have a great week!

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    1. I’m glad there’s one near me too. I tend to look for diners and local specialties when I travel though, I would never eat fast food when I travel. But a Cracker Barrel is good too especially in an unfamiliar place.

      It was nice to have the time to set up my camera and compose my shot for the sunset. Not rushing is how I got some of my favorite shots in the past. And yes, solitude is definitely great for the soul. Thank you for reading and have a great week.


  2. Oh yes – The wonders of Cracker Barrel. We had one very near by when we lived in Colorado Springs, but that was 20 years ago now and I’ve never seen one in Calif. Great memories of great family meals with wife and 3 small kiddos – who are all in their mid-late 20s now.

    Great photos Yinglan. You really do have an eye for taking great shots.

    Sorry for the late visit. I’ve had distractions…

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    1. I don’t think there are any in California. California is too dominated by other chain restaurants to have Cracker Barrel, I think.
      Thanks, I’m trying to make my photos a form of art instead of showcasing the places I’ve been.
      Thank you for reading. 🙂


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