“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”
It is a toss-up for me whether I am a forest girl or a beach girl. When I’m at the beach, I revel in it. When I’m in the forest, I do as well. But whether I’m beachy or foresty, I still need to get my nature on every now and then. And thus we went up to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks for a bit of nature-loving.
First comes Sequoia and its big trees. Did I say big? I meant HUGE! Trees a couple thousand years old huge. Trees that dwarf you huge. It was primeval walking through the forests and meadows. But what struck me as very sad, in a way, was the lack of people. I know that sounds strange. Normally I would be shaking my fist at the lines of cars and pollution around me. However, our hotel was full, all of the campgrounds were full, yet on the hikes we went on, we encountered very few people. They stayed near the road-side attractions. I understand most people do Sequoia as a day-trip, which I find a shame. You can’t appreciate its beauty if you are in a bottle-neck with dozens of other people. And yes, I am in a dress and bobby socks hiking through the forest.
Sequoia trees are born from the seeds of these little pine cones.
And then there was Yosemite. Ah, Yosemite, my favorite national park. I’m such a national park junkie. It is gorgeous. The vistas, the forests, the heights. Beautiful. I kid myself into believing one day I will hike Half Dome, though how I would go about training for it with my life I have no idea.
I leave you with another quote from John Muir, upon whose rock that he gave impassioned speeches we stood,
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
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