July 29, 2012

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”
John Muir

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 Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite 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.

 Why, yes, I'm in a dress and bobby socks hiking through the forest.

 My view from the photo above.

 Crescent Meadow in Sequoia  - "The Gem of the Sierra" according to John Muir

 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.

 Can you spot the craters on the moon?

While I have no photos of Kings Canyon, as they were all of me in street clothes and of family and friends, I do 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.”

For other photos from my trip, be sure to check out my Facebook page and like me, please!

'Bye for Now,

Lily said...

Gorgeous photos!! Thank you for sharing.

Laurence said...

What amazing pictures that makes me want to come back soon in the USA! I loved those national parks so much when I visited them more than 10 years ago...

wacky tacky said...

Wowee! I want to be there right now!! I certainly need to make more time for nature in my life - just beautiful!!

Lizzie said...

Trying again to post...

Those photos of you remind me so much of photos of my grandmother and her sisters who back in the 1940s - 1960s would wear a nice casual dress on picnics high in the Great Smokies!

Stunningly beautiful photos!

Patricia Lynn said...

Thank you!

Patricia Lynn said...

They are beautiful places, aren't they?

Patricia Lynn said...

You should go! I'm sure you could find something wacky tacky, too.

Patricia Lynn said...

Really? So glad to hear that. I got such strange looks from folks in my little dress. I thought it was just perfect - nice and cool. Though I'll admit my white Keds weren't white by the end of the day.

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