Thursday, August 21, 2014

An Exhilarating Memory

This. Felt. Amazing. 

About 30 minutes away from where I live, there is an obscure waterfall in the middle of nowhere called Anglin Falls. It’s in a very remote area in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s so remote actually, that very few people who live in the same county even know about its existence.

It’s a relatively tiny waterfall. If waterfalls were an animal, Anglin Falls would be a squirrel, whereas Niagara Falls is an elephant.  But a waterfall's beauty cannot be measured in size. I usually go at least twice each summer. I especially love going after a few days of torrential rainfall, which of course makes the falls more voluminous.

So one random sunny day last summer, after four days of downpours, I knew the falls would be a ragin’. And boy were they ever. Of all the times I had been there, I had never seen it so alive. So I decided to do the only sensible thing - stand under it. 

Standing under the waterfall, letting the water wash all over me, and feeling its incredible power was one of the more exhilarating moments of my entire life. I will never, ever, forget that feeling. 

Is there a particular moment or memory in which you felt exhilaration? Perhaps you skydived once? Rode a scary roller coaster? Ate an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting? Please share a memory with us. 

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  1. That sounds magical, next time I see a waterfall I shall do just this.

    Skydiving, of course! The silence, only a whooshing of the wind in your ears, total isolation... and when the ground starts rushing up, yes, the BEST!

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  2. I don't think I've ever stood under a waterfall.
    My first time standing on a stage and performing was a moment like that. At the time, more terrifying than exhilarating.

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  3. A loop the loop in a glider! Finding a crocodile in the wild! Leading climbing a rock climb route!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: watching my son take the lead role in the school, performance yesterday was pretty good as well!

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  4. Great pic.. looks amazing!
    I love waterfalls.. never been near one though. A moment for me would be sitting outside a bar one night in Gambia, waiting for friends and watching 2 shooting stars adorn the night sky effortlessly. One of the best nights I ever had

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  5. This an awesome picture Keith... your enjoyment of the moment come through ;-)

    I love waterfalls too... they are so beautiful :-)

    I was in Oregon in 1995, they have a place called Silver Falls, it has 7 falls, it took most of the day to walk around it but it was worth it... :-)

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  6. Honey, this is my absolute favorite picture of you of all times :) Love it! Love the exhilaration showing on your face :) How much I wish it would have rained before I came over so we could have visited Anglin Falls together. But the Cumberland Falls were pretty impressive, too :D
    I think my most exhilarating moment was riding a horse in full gallop through sand dunes. So awesome :)

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  7. Terrific photo and unbeatable.

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  8. that is cool...where i used to kayak before we moved, there was a spot you could stop and if you knew where it was climb a waterfall and right below where it spilled over to fall there was a cave you could crawl into and sit watching it spill over in front of you...it was so cool...

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  9. Climbing a huge oak when I was in my mid-40's; climbing up, and up, then watching the sun go down.
    I didn't know it at the time, but it was to be the last time I was able to climb a tree.

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  10. Beautiful waterfall. It would be really rejuvenating to stand under like what you did.

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  11. Wow this approximates my experience of being under Niagara Falls ~
    Thanks for sharing your amazing moment and picture Keith ~

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  12. Awesome! I am a tiny bit envious of you and your secret ninja waterfall! ;) I had one of those experiences when I went to our local train trestle one winter around midnight. It had snowed and you had to take a path to it through the woods. It was super beautiful. My family freaked out when they heard- but I took a kitchen knife, so it was completely safe! Lol!

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  13. I feel exhilarated seeing the picture of you . . . amazing feeling to feel the swooping feeling go through ones body.

    The first time we were flying into Shannon, Ireland and I could see the luscious green . . . magical. Chills go through me as I write this . . .

    First time on the top of of a Black Ski run in Colorado, ready to meet the challenge was pretty darn amazing . . . and then the taking off . . . meeting the challenge was filled with a chill and awe in the beauty of the setting.

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  14. I could feel that exhilaration in your words!

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  15. I think it was the first time I went to Tokyo. We stepped out from the subway at around 11PM and the city was just alive and bustling. Lights from all the towers, it was great.

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  16. I'm not a thrill seeker. I don't ride roller coasters, ride in planes, jump out of anything..lol But one year the carnival came and set up in the vacant lot right next to my apartment building and my brother talked me into going on some ride called the Kamakaze. I thought I was going to die. I love my brother to pieces but I'll never do that again.

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  17. Great photo! Looks like a neat place to visit!
    Exhilaration comes here with wild summer/spring rainstorm. We can watch the front coming with dark clouds, as it starts to reach us there is a calm and then the wind changes. Huge droplets of rain fall, and we rush inside to close the windows. Soon visible sheets of rain whip in the wind across our lawn and the fields. If it's a really exciting day there will be some hail and maybe a tornado to watch...but we prefer to leave that excitement out!

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  18. Just love that picture Keith - what a wonderful place to have nearby. You are really as one with nature there. I can recall three moments of pure joy like that - one when I passed my driving test (after five attempts) one when I first went on holiday abroad to Italy - we flew at night and as we neared the Italian coast the lights were strung out like a string of pearls - it was like being in another world - and the third was when I sold my first painting - I was so thrilled I couldn't contain myself and rang everyone I knew to tell them - I know they aren't the same as your experience - but to me they were unforgettable.

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  19. I had the experience beneath Niagara Falls. Though not directly like you did but protected on a ledge like structure all garbed in thick yellow raincoat. Even so we were just as wet from the sprays, Thanks for the memory Keith!

    Hank

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  20. Now this action would certainly be refreshing to the soul!!! I would've loved to be there with you to experience the heavy action of the falls falling over my shoulders, drenching me and making me feel alive!!

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    1. ps....did you have someone with you to take your photo, or had your camera set on a timer? Curious.

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  21. I am a big scaredy cat and was about to say i never did anything to write about, but then i read the Oreo bag in one sitting and YES... i have done that, though not in the last 30 years.. i would love to stand under that water fall..

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  22. Love.that.photo.!!!!!

    I am DEATHLY afraid of heights/rides/roller coasters etc ... and MANY years ago, I made myself go on the NY NY roller coaster in Las Vegas!! Now... I kept my eyes SHUT the entire time ... but I did it nonetheless!!!!!! :)

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  23. One of my favorite memories is from the first time I summited a 14er (14,000 peak in Colorado terms!). The views were amazing and there were only a handful of people there. It was freezing cold with the wind and an upcoming thunderstorm which means descend FAST!!!!
    Great photo at your waterfall.

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  24. Awesome pic too, never stood under a water fall before. Hmm not sure I have any that were exhilarating, plenty of fun ones though

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  25. Wow such a powerful picture! I would love to visit that place. I felt kind of exhilaration when I survived my rafting trip. :) I was scared to death.

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  26. Oreos. Those are always exhilirating for me. haha. When I was like 13 or 14 my cousin and I went in this bungee jump type of thing. Instead of free falling you are in like a cage. I don't know how to explain it but it was awesome!

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  27. Climbingg on the highest rocks facing the ocean in Newfoundland a rush like nothing ever seen before, going down though the scary, scary part lol

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  28. My most exhilarating moments has to do with a different kind of waterfall, lol... I would have to say my most exhilarating moments were after each childbirth, seeing my babies for the first time. Nothing can compare to that for me, not even a high waterfall.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  29. That's a great picture of you in that moment, It looks awesome.
    JB

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  30. I love love love this photo, Keith. You look so happy. I have exhilarating moments when I've reached the end of a particularly hard hike. But I also feel it when I sing with Sugartime at retirement communities and the audience is singing along with us.

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  31. Well I have eaten a bag of oreos in one sitting but I'd hardly call it exhilarating. I wish I lived next to a national park, and a waterfall. You're a lucky guy. As far as exhilarating memories go, I don't think I have too many. I have plenty of happy memories, but not many that exhilarate me like that. I'm a fairly boring person.

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  32. For me, it was snorkeling in the Bahamas. All these beautiful, colorful fish swam over to check ME out! Then, when the guides started passing big chunks of stale bread to all of us, I realized the fish were conditioned to approach swimmers. They were basically saying, "Where's the bread, mon?" They ate out of my hands. It was incredible.

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  33. Nature offers a lot of opportunities for exhilaration. My most recent memory is when I was para-sailing in Goa and looking at the immensity of the ocean beneath me. I guess, I felt excitement and fear equally but I cannot forget that sensation.

    P.S. - The picture is gorgeous. I wish I can be there and enjoy the falls someday. I've never stood underneath one, ever So this is going right in my bucket list. :)

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  34. Loved your photo and description, Keith!

    My moment of exhilaration -- jet boating in New Zealand!

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  35. hmm..I've had a few times that were exhilarating.. I used to go quarry jumping and I still remember my first plunge all my friends were in the water below yelling for me to jump or dive. I was scared as it was a big drop. I backed up to get a running start my heart racing.. I ran spread my wings like a bird from a nest then brought my arms together in a dive descending into the clear pool below. The water felt invigorating and so cool against my flesh on a hot summer day. When I rose to the surface I felt reborn, emerging as a woman.. and everyone was laughing. It was a feeling of freedom that I just cannot express. A day that will linger with me always...the first plunge of many..feeling part of something bigger in life.

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  36. Hi Keith, please tell Beate that I wanted to comment on her latest post. Her photos are beautiful, and you both look great. She has a popup window for her comments and I am unable to respond on such blogs. Thanks so much, you two make a lovely couple. :)

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  37. That picture is beautiful !
    Awesome post !
    Keith, love your posts :) Have an awesome weekend :)

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  38. Thanks for sharing such a golden moment of innocent joy.
    Love love love your full immersion in the moment.
    Personally exhilarating moment for me was the first time hearing "I love you" from my true love - on the heels of years of internal trepidation and trust-building, it was visceral champagne bubbles layered above fireworks!

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  39. whoaaa, this place looks so amazing! i have a height phobia but i like to dare my self. and when i jump from the bungee jumping board or let go off my grip when i go rappling, i feel that adrenaline and feel like i'm free. it's like it's ok to have things out of your control.

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  40. How cool. And fun.

    I have that feeling for no reason at all often. I think for me it's just being alive and being so grateful for being alive. I'm not one that needs stimulation for that feeling.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  41. Lovely experience I have been under a powerful waterfall. Recently I swam into a neat swimming hole through some rocks and I felt like a kid again. It's been a wonderful summer.

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  42. Wow Keith, very powerful post and tremendous photo!! I feel exhilaration reading your post. I wasn't sure if the photo was sunlight or water until I read on, I just feel it on a very deep level. Thank you.
    Sometimes I feel exhilaration, like I'm in the front car of a roller coaster about to go over the big hill when I meet my new relationship coaching clients for the first time. What an adventure, thanks for sharing it with us! Hugs!

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  43. I can feel your joy! Wonderful shot.

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  44. Hey!
    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I see you like to enjoy the good life as well. If you're interested in reading the commentary that goes with the photos, try acrosstheblankgap.com. That one is internationally orientated. Anyway, nice of you to drop by and see you around!
    Sabrina

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  45. Finishing my first half marathon. Scuba diving with sea turtles. Standing on the cliffs of moher. Navigating the streets/metro of Paris by myself for the first time without getting lost. Having a fast conversation in Spanish in Chile and realizing that I never once thought in or tried to speak in English.

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  46. Oh! I loved sitting outside on the ferry going from Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard! I couldn't believe I was finally there!

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  47. Whale watching off Cape Cod. Observing dolphins up close in the water off Hilton Head Island, going to Big Meadows in VA, Captain Sam's Spit on Kiawah Island.....mine always involve nature or animals in some capacity.

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  49. I had deleted my comment cause I said I couldn't think of anything-but then things did pop in my head-lol I remember being in the back seat as a kid as my father drove the car to the top of pikes peak in colorado-I was scared to death the entire time-such a long long way down if one should slip off the winding road-has no guard rails-was quite a climb-they even check your brakes on the way down. but it was amazing when we got to the top.
    I think your experience under the waterfall sounds awesome

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  50. I laughed at the animal analogy - and at the Oreos. :-) Exhilarating. Hmmm. I'll have to dredge my little grey cells for a while. Oh yeah, standing at the top of York Minster in England in a snowstorm. It was wonderful! Love you photo and that you did that.

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  51. That had to be a rush standing under the falls like that. The last exhilarating thing I did was to kayak for the first time last spring. Being so close to the gators was thrilling and a little scary. And I loved it!

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  52. OP what an awesome image! It sounds so magical there!

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  53. I'd love to be standing in the spot where you were! That would be totally exhilarating, and something I would absolutely do! Skydiving is on my bucket list. One of these days... I think one of the coolest things I've done, was SCUBA dive in a current in Cozumel. That thing was ripping. I felt like one of those turtles in Finding Nemo, riding the current to Australia!

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  54. i parasailed in mexico. ran up the spiral stairs inside lady liberty, enjoyed the view from the empire state building, stood in awe at the grand canyon. i can't pick out one amazing thing, though.

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  55. This is something I would just love to do!!!

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  56. Love that photo! I'd love to stand there!
    Cross country jumping was a big thrill for me. I was much younger.

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  57. love this! i'll never forget the first time i skateboarded (on my butt) down my friend's super long drive which was a hill! i was pretty scared to do it (i was a kid) but after i did it felt so awesome. :)

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  58. That is an awesome shot .. I can imagine it must have been an amazing experience ...
    I have been white river rafting and that was pretty awesome!
    But I do not go these days as it's just too rough on the river.
    I like to kayak and that's pretty good too.

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  59. Oh, what a beautiful place - I can see why you love it! One exhilarating moment for me was when my Mr. and I moved out west after growing up on the east coast and we drove up Mt. Lemmon in Tuscon, Az. When we got to the top, the view was amazing. We could see mountain range after mountain range as the sun set turning everything shades of coral, orange and red. We were just starting out and this view symbolized our 'new life'. The exhilaration was something I will never forget.

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  60. What an amazing experience. Wow.
    All my memories of Antarctica are special - but a baby seal gumming on my knee and a penguin pecking at my boots are things I will hug to myself forever. And swimming there - sans wetsuit.

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  61. That looks amazing-glad you have this memory with you always. I have 2-Walkingin the woods in fall and the sun was beaming through the leaves in a valley. There was a slight wind and, as if in slow motion, the leaves were falling all around-it was like a fairy tale. The 2nd-I have a phobic fear of heights-I mean phobic!! When I was in Panama I went zip-lining. At the trees being hooked up, I was shaking and terrified but when zip-lining I felt as if time stopped. I looked to my right and saw the mountains. I looked to my left and saw a beautiful waterfall and right in front of me was a butterfly-magical

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  62. Every time I get on my bike for a long ride I get that very excited feeling. :) I would say last year when I went whale watching, that was really cool. Having a huge whale come right out of the water right next to me is something I will never forget. Going to the Grand Canyon and seeing that for the first time was incredible. Also, the hot air balloon ride I did last year was amazing. I did a lot of cool stuff last year. haha

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  63. Well first, how did you get this amazing picture and how did it stay dry? Just think, it is so close that you can do it again! My exhilarating experiences would include holding monkey (feel free to laugh) and going to a Dale Chiluly exhibit. And first and foremost getting married and having a baby.

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  64. P.S. your picture is almost spiritual!

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  65. Your secret waterfall is wonderfully exhilarating! I suppose one of my most intensely spiritual moments was seeing the sun rise over the Grand Canyon.

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  66. What an 'incredible' photograph! Wow!

    Can't think of anything exhilarating at the moment (just woken up!). I may return when/if my brain gets into gear :)

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  67. Hahaha - I love your description of eating a whole bag of Oreos as exhilarating! Your waterfall looks awesome! Nothing is coming to my mind, but now I have something to ponder.

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  68. I swam with a beluga whale once off the shore of Ingonish, Nova Scotia.
    There is joy in that photo of yours. Just beautiful!

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  69. It may be a squirrel but it looks beautiful. I'm not sure I remember any time I've felt exhilarated. I tend to prefer things low key :)

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  70. I LOVE this!! It was exhilarating to read this. I want to go there!

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  71. I just love waterfalls! Growing up in the foothills of the cascade mountains, I have hiked up the side of many gorgeous waterfalls.
    There is a waterfall here on the ranch too. It's one of my favorite spots to go hangout.
    Cheri

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  72. My most exhilarating moments were the births of my children. Cool photo of you!

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  73. How wonderful Keith. Your experience was a real sensory one. I was putting myself in the moment and it would have been wonderful.
    For me it was probably hot air ballooning - not adrenalin rush but exhilarating.

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  74. Now that is sure a moment you'll never forget

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  75. I bet that was exhilarating and refreshing, especially if it had been a hot day before you stood under the waterfall! Nothing is coming to my mind about exhilaration here; that must mean I need to go out and do something!

    betty

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  76. Amazing I love the picture!
    Yes I know was an exhilarating moment when we go to receive our twins at the Hospital when we adopted them!! I feel God be there in this moment. Never forget!
    They have 20 years now OMY!

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  77. Spectacular! A naturel wonder, and a hidden treasure. I can just imagine the feeling of standing there. that is a fantastic photo that doesn't even need words to explain how you're feeling. My first plane ride at the age of seven was so exciting! And my first roller coaster ride, too! But my most exhilarating moment was the second I laid eyes on my first daughter when she was born. Emotional overload!

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  78. As I think I told you in another comment or email, we enjoyed that waterfall. But you saw it with more water than we did.... Since we have seen lots of waterfalls, I will say that the setting is as important as the size of the falls... Sometimes the smaller ones are better... One time we were hiking in North Carolina. We came around a curve in the trail and THERE is WAS.... That waterfall was there just for us....Nobody else was anywhere near --and we were deep in the mountains. Oh My Heart--it was AWESOME.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  79. That sounds amazing! I would love to stand under a waterfall! :)

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  80. I don't think I ever had a feeling that spectacular.

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  81. I've gone skydiving, and rode very tall roller coasters. Both were fun, neither scary or equal to the feeling you've described. I do get that feeling though, when my grown kids accomplish things that are important to them, my teen reaches beyond the normal teen assumptions she's stuck in right now, and my little one is just sleeping. My kids are undoubtedly my exhilaration.

    And that is an awesome photo!!! I hope you frame it, or at least turn it into a Christmas ornament. ;)

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  82. It would have to be the first time I was included in a group art exhibit in a gallery in Phoenix. My goal was to do this by the time I was 40 and I made it 10 years early.

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  83. Ah, that DOES look wonderful! I eaten my share of cookies, but didn't find it particularly exhilarating. :-) I have looked out over mountains, looked up at the sky full of stars, and felt like life was so BIG. Does that count?

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  84. Forget my experiences. I WANT to DO that!!!

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  85. I would want to experience that squirrel of a waterfall :D

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  86. The Hoh Rain forest in Washington states Olympic national Park is one of the most amazing places. It is eerie and mysterious, spooky and magical, otherworldly and beautiful. I love going there and seeing magical shafts of light pierce the canopy of trees, listening to the haunting sounds of birds echoing through, see the magical moss sway and dangle from branches.
    You can imagine faeries, hobbits, and gnomes peek-a-boo at you. I once saw a unicorn!

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  87. Fun pic! Riding a camel in Israel and visiting the Dead Sea were pretty exciting for me :)

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  88. Is that you?? Such a cool picture!! A friend of mine had a cabin out in the country and there was an outdoor shower and I showered there, in private yet without any walls...it was a rush. :) lol

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  89. Fiesole in Tuscany. I had been in Italy for four or five days and took a quick jaunt over to Fiesole from Florence. Once I got off the bus, I felt exhilarated and on top of the world. Just another cute Tuscan town, but it became one of my favorite places.

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  90. What a wonderful thing to do Keith, you look so happy. I once went snorkelling in the Red Sea. That was quite magical.

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  91. Fabulous photo Keith and I so agree about the exhilaration of waterfalls.at
    As you know we recently went to the mountains and there are two gorgeous waterfalls (also in fairly remote areas ) that we always hike to . Fabulous feeling to just stand before them in awe ~ so cleansing and refreshing and yes euphoric indeed !

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  92. I love this picture, and your description of it. This must be in Kentucky, right? Maybe I will drive to it someday.
    My moment like this was swimming with a sea turtle in Maui. He (she?) was wonderful. Swam around with him/her for 20 minutes, and he was totally non plussed by my presence. I will never forget it.

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  93. Very nice pic of the falls. I have never stood behind a falls, but I am sure the thunderous sound would be peaceful enough to drown out everything if just for a few moments. Great post!

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  94. waterfalls - just another gift from God to mankind - enjoy!

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  95. That looks like such an amazing experience!

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  96. Of COURSE that was the sensible thing to do. Who could resist?

    I'm sure it was an exhilarating experience. I've been blessed with a lot of them in my life, but these days, it feels pretty doggone wonderful just to wake up alive in the morning.

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  97. Going from island to island in Leyte, Philippines by small boat...a time in my life when I felt invincible and like anything was possible...there's waterfalls there too...who doesn't love 'em?

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  98. I search for things like that waterfall and then keep them secret!

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  99. Hi Keith .. I'm sure I've stood under a waterfall .. but I don't think I hiked to do it ... I did do one long walk in South Africa and we jumped into a ravine - can't say I was thrilled, but we couldn't go back ... we went down - I believe I came up ! Then we had to swim a quarter of a mile or so ... to reach dry land .. that was memorable!!

    This looks stunning - and can quite see why your exhilaration kicked in ... lovely .... Cheers Hilary

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  100. I can just imagine what you must have felt!! That splash, that overwhelming sound of plunging water, and letting it, embracing the exhilaration of that moment of pure cleanse!! Yes!
    My moment? I think you know. I wrote about that wild stallion and that feeling is still hanging on. :)

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  101. Exhilarated.. what a fun word. I can honestly say that I feel exhilarated almost every time I sit in my backyard to read a book. It usually happens when I peel my eyes from the pages long enough to glance at this monstrous tree that resides in the center of my yard. The branches are huge and mighty and seemingly never-ending. And when the sunlight peeks through the leaves in all the perfect places, and when the clouds encompass the tree's silhouette it with their fluffy goodness, it happens - I am exhilarated.
    It's a unique and wonderful feeling, isn't it?

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  102. Every time I swim in the ocean. The power or peace. The cold stimulating aliveness and oneness with the universe.

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  103. Yes, I have one of these moments! It was when I was on a school trip to the Lake District, funny as I now live here, and I was sat outside one evening on my own, watching the sun set behind the mountains - I felt so relaxed and happy. - Tasha xxx

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  104. Heaven! Like a baptism of sorts, Keith. I can only imagine the exhilaration that one feels!
    Now I just hope that 'word' doesn't get there and that this remains your own personal 'falls'.

    My first real feeling of exhilaration was probably my first plane ride when I was about 13 years old. I couldn't get my head around actually how far up we were!

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  105. What a wonderful experience you had. I guess I would say the first time I went to the ocean. Flying in to Las Vegas at night was pretty amazing to a country girl too. Haven't been back and probably won't.

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  106. Cool shot, Keith! This is one of my hubby's favorite thing to do. He would be climbing all over them and standing under them! I just like looking at them! Have a happy weekend!

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  107. This is such a cool picture. Waterfalls are so pretty, and to stand in one would be awesome. My dad's friend took me up in his two-seater prop plane. He was the pilot and we flew above the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He wanted the ride to be thrilling for me so he made some acrobatic maneuvers and gave me the ride of my life.

    Your picture made me smile because some people don't like to get wet from the rain, but when the rain comes, I stand in it and let it cover me. I smiled because you did the same.

    ~Sheri

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  108. I'd love to feel that waterfall! Waterfalls are what made me want to live in Oregon. I planned my life around them for a while.

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  109. What an experience! I have never even seen a waterfall in person, but it's on my bucket list!

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  110. Great photo! Love waterfalls.
    I've been on a zip line high up in rain forest that was pretty exciting.

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  111. I'm not much of an adventurer!!! Although standing beneath a waterfall sounds wonderful! Very freeing.

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  112. I think I had that feeling when I saw the pyramids. I love that pic! Amazing.

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  113. Oh my GOSH. I freaking LOVE that picture. It says SO much. Especially about you and how you live.

    I think for me that moment was when I soloed at Carnegie Hall… it was a moment in life where I truly appreciated it DURING the moment… where I was able to take it all in and really experience it. I've had rare moments like it since.

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  114. I've never seen waterfalls, not in my garden pond of course:))
    May be I felt this feeling when we drove by serpentine road in mountain.

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  115. Great expression of happiness over there... quite blissful moment Keith! Waterfalls are beautiful no matter what and experiencing fresh water is good for health overall. I just love watching it

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  116. Dear OE, the day I stood before an audience of over a hundred friends and relatives and read to them from the first book I'd ever had published--A Cat's Life: Dulcy's Story"--stands out in my mind as the happiest moment of my life. Peace.

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  117. The photo is truly inspiring Keith. What an amazing experience for sure! ...and as far as your examples of what one might have done...well I guess a box of oreos is about my speed. :-)

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  118. i bet it was a wonderful feeling. It's funny how certain powerfully unique sensations and memories stay with us. I have a memory of rolling down a very green hill with my 2 brothers when I was a child in Scotland. it was dizzying but exciting and has stayed with me for 50 years.

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  119. That's a great photo of you! Our closest waterfall is 5 hours away. There just isn't a lot of waterfalls in Nebraska.

    I felt the rush you are talking about when I went to Mesa Verde this summer. We had the balcony tour. I kept thinking, Why did I agree to do this? There were ladders on the side of a mountain that we had to climb. It's one thing in me doing it - that's bad enough. It's another watching my kids do it. It was so cool at the same time though!

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  120. Thats an amazing photo of you under ther waterfall Keith. Water skiing ,sailing, and swimming in the sea does it for me, although I don't water ski now, I still remember the feeling of exillaration it gave me when I was younger. Also seeing and climbing the temple steps in Ankor Wat in Cambodia was pretty exillarating!

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  121. Awesome shot, I am kind of a chicken when it comes to outdoors, sports or adventure but this looks like a lot of fun if there is no risk of falling ah!

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  122. Amazing pic! One of my moments was our recent trip to the Grand Canyon~

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  123. how wonderful to stand under the waterfall especially since it is so little known, I have had lots of exhilarating times but most seem to pale right now when I look at your photo

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  124. I'm thinking I need to find this place! Sounds like a wonderful little spot. We went to Wyoming 9 years ago; gazing out across the landscape from the top of one of the Tetons was pretty exhilarating. Have a great week!

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  125. The wet look totally suits you! :-)

    Take care
    x

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  126. That is a positively spiritual capture Keith. It is kind of like having your own private waterfall.
    The first time I rode my motorcycle on the open road after a lot of practice and a semi blew past me. It was stark fear at first but pure exhilaration when I survived. .

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  127. Love me some waterfalls! I would have joined you.

    Most exhilarating, other than birthing three babies was when I soloed in an airplane. There I was, all alone, well, except for that airplane that was coming toward me...and waaay too high to hit me. But still...it was awesome!

    Big hugs, honey...

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  128. Beautiful and inspiring picture!
    Love to found your great blog!

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  129. I haven't been under any waterfalls lately--love them! With a water situation I can say there was a swimming area we found on the Rogue River in California that was amazing. It was like a series of rooms connected by smaller streams. The banks had all these beautiful hanging green plants--like spider plants and flowers. Just such a feeling of peace and beauty. Not something I'll ever forget.

    Another one of those moments was with several friends and riding our horses on an all day ride. We paralleled the river here in Missouri and it was a fabulous day. Wildlife we saw was amazing, the peace and quiet, the rich scents of the river and forests, and good companions.

    We need these moments to feel alive, in my opinion. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  130. Your picture is awesome!!! What a wonderful treat to give yourself.

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  131. ohhhh i do LOVE this and i just adore the name of your blog. i am a dreamer as well!!

    my ride in a hot air balloon....that was "my moment"....i will never forget it!!!!

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  132. by far...giving birth...nothing can compare and I wish men could do it!

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  133. For me, standing on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in the middle of a storm (allllll the way in the front). Obviously, flight operations weren't going on, but talk about being awed by the majestic ocean as it heaved into huge mountains and valleys. I truly felt sorry for the crews of the smaller ships which accompanied us!

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  134. This picture exudes pure happiness!

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  135. That picture is unreal! Looks like such an awesome moment. I always feel that way when I'm somewhere beautiful.

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  136. Love it! You HAD to. Bravo! Earlier today, I was thinking about how majestic waterfalls are. They're one of nature's greatest gifts.

    Sorry for my delay, Keith. I can't seem to get the timing right when it comes to dropping by.

    Be well.

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  137. Your photo says it all! What a perfect way to cool off surrounded by so much natural beauty! Simply breathtaking!

    Julie

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  138. I remember when I first became a beekeeper, and I got into a hive successfully, I told my Shug that "I could do anything now!"
    This picture reminds me of the Van Morrison song, "And it Stoned Me" The part where he sings...."oooh the water....oooh ohhh the water...ooooh the water....let it run all over me...."

    Cindy Bee

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  139. So did you ask people to make a donation to ALS?

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  140. Good gracious! What an amazing photo!!! You need to frame this!

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  141. Sorry I am a bit late (Internet problems and other things), but I just wanted to tell you how happy this photo made me--and continues to make me. When I think of it, my 'heart' just smiles :) Thanks!
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  142. I love this post. And those moments you feel alive. When your heart feels like it might burst with so much happiness and gratitude. These are the moments I live for. Thank you for sharing this.

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