Saturday, March 19, 2011

Heading back east


We start this last stretch of our trip by driving to Yosemite National Park.  The drive is just beautiful.  Rolling hills of green pasture, cows munching away and blue skies to cheer us up.  Once again, we push our RV up the winding road before making our way back down to Yosemite Valley.  Awestruck!  This park has to be the most beautiful thing we’ve seen so far.  How nature can produce such marvels is beyond me.  Every turn of the road reveals an even more beautiful façade of the mountains sprinkled with waterfalls and lush pines.  It is cold in Yosemite at this time of year so there’s snow on the ground, but it makes for even more spectacular views because you can see the contrasts of the rock on the mountains. Plus it’s nice to be RV’ing in the wilderness when you can cuddle up inside where it’s warm.  We got to the campground by the end of the day so we only had time for a little hike to see some nearby waterfalls and meadow.

The next day we went on a long hike up the mountain to halfway up the waterfall.  Couldn’t go any further cause the trail was snowed in.   Had lunch and came back down.   The sun was nice and warm so we couldn’t feel the cold.  Drove around a little to go see Tunnel View.  It’s a view you get as you come out of a tunnel, which gives on to the whole valley.  You could stay there and gaze out at the scenery for hours.  It’s so big that it makes you realize how small and fragile we are.  Came back home for a nice rewarding meal.  On our last day in Yosemite, we drove to Mariposa grove where Sequoia trees grow.  One can only be impressed by the magnitude of these beauties.  Thousands of years old and standing so proud.  We’ll get to see more of these in Sequoia National Park, but this was a nice preview.

Sequoia National Park

A winding drive again, but the trees didn’t disappoint!  We saw the world’s largest tree named General Sherman.  Now that’s a tree!  The pictures don’t do them justice.  They are so majestic and serene.  You know they’ll be there way after my children or grand-children have passed.  We truly enjoyed our day amongst the sequoias.  At least for me, I can say that they brought me a real sense of peace.  I took the time to relish in the moment, knowing that I’ll probably never see them again.

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