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Sequoia

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Last weekend I went camping with Kate, Elliot, Spencer and Walt in Sequoia National Park.

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I hadn’t been camping in years (living in a tent at Harmony Homestead doesn’t really count), and it was so lovely to wake up to the sounds of birdsong and rushing water. (Our campsite was right on the river.) I also used a sleeping pad for the first time, which allows you a downright comfortable night’s sleep. Revelation!

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The sequoias, some of which are older than Jesus, make you feel insignificant in the very best way (if that makes sense). Walking around them, and through and over the fallen ones, was something of a spiritual experience. They’re resistant to decay, so even when a tree falls (because its roots can no longer support it), it sticks around for hundreds of years.

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We also walked through the “Fallen Monarch,” which fell over 300 years ago, and was used as a stable by the U.S. cavalry–and even as a saloon!

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This crunchy moss fascinated me. I kept wanting to touch it on every tree we passed.

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Grizzly Falls. (Do you see me?)

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Kings Canyon, Cedar Grove lookout.

(Sequoia, part 2.)

3 Comments to Sequoia

  1. May 9, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    You go on the coolest trips! I’ve never considered camping as a travel option. I’m too much of a ninny for that. This trip of yours though, makes me want to try to camp out in my back yard this summer. Hey! Baby steps!

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    May 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I just can’t get enough of those trees! It’s crazy to think about all of the people and years that have passed and they still stand.

  3. May 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! Just…wow. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.