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.