“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 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.”
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