the adventurous sisters
February 1, 2015 - group portrait
i met the girls (sofia 12 and alessia 15) on the top of a zip lining tower at the moaning cavern near angels camp, california, waiting for the race. while it was the first time for me and her father they were experienced flyers and wanted to do the ‘super hero style’ this time, which means you fly with the head first like superman. her father and i did the conventional style and we two were a bit excited (not to say scared) while the girls made poke faces and said: “nah, not a big deal. we do crazier things.” and her father, david, nodded with a knowing smile.
after the race was over (i won against david) the family which included grams and granny invited me for picknick. i chipped in some granola bars, carrots and cold water i kept in the trunk when roadtripping. we enjoyed a shady place under the huge oak trees the area provided. the girls told me about their adventurous life, riding the craziest rollercoasters, crawling the spookiest caverns and climbing the biggest rocks. both are very different. sofia, the younger in the foreground, is smart, witty, selfconscious, talky and with an open and proud smile. alessia is rather calm, a bit shy but, a very lovely, understanding and sensitive young adult.
understandably her father is very proud of them and he wasn’t too shy to express that very open. the girls were ashamed but i could easily see the love in their eyes. it touched me and i very much enjoyed the company of this loving and lovely family.
after the picknick, her dad decided to stay with me while the girls left for playing golf with grams and granny. before i asked them to take some pictures and i wasn’t surprised that sofia placed herself in the foreground while alessia liked to be in the back. there seemed to be no competition but love and intimacy between them.