Home again, Home again Jiggety Jig

Arrived at home at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and spent a jet-lagged Father’s Day with family. Though we are still groggy and out of sorts, the memories of our National Parks (Sequoia, King’s Canyon, and Yosemite) lift our spirits.

I have never experienced a more serene and overwhelming natural beauty than Sequoia, and the views at Yosemite are spectacular. Rarely am I at a loss for descriptive words; however, there are really no words that come close to revealing the peace and serenity of being in the presence of such remarkable works of nature.

We were incredibly lucky to be in Yosemite this year when, after five years of extreme drought, El Nino provided a normal snow pack year, and the all the falls were in their glory. Yosemite falls drops 2,425 feet—making it the tallest waterfall in North America. But it isn’t just the falls, the granite wonders visible from Glacier Point—Half Dome, El Capitan—as well as the meadows along the way  took our breath away. From Glacier Point you can look down over 3,000 feet to the valley floor! Mirror Lake and Mirror Meadow, Hetch Hetchy, Tuolumne Meadows, Tunnel View—I could go on and on.

Thanks to John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, and the will of a Congress that actually worked (imagine) we are privileged to have these natural wonders preserved for us. Take a trip to a National Park near you as soon as you can.

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7 thoughts on “Home again, Home again Jiggety Jig

    1. Yes, I do think your boys would enjoy it! There are great camp sites, but if you want to stay at the lodge, reservations are about a year or more out. There are places to stay outside the park, and shuttles are provided.

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  1. We have visited your country numerous times but would love to see those places you mentioned. We saw Grand Canyon last September and it was something I can only remember in my minds eye. No photo or words describes it adequately. Yosemite is definitely on our list for future visits. 🙂

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  2. There’s nothing quite like being in nature. I have another week and a bit before the end of the school year, and before the end of my teaching career. First thing we are doing is heading off into high mountain country and wilderness. I know that by the time we return, I’ll be ready to finish cleaning up my library and moving on.

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