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Friday, August 8, 2014

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Aloha Everyone, 

Some places live in your heart because of the happy childhood memories they evoke. The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are some of those places.

J.J. and I took Route 198 from Visalia to enter the Sequoia National Park. Famous for their giant sequoia trees including the General Sherman tree grow in the Giant  Forest. These two parks are contiguous and The Giant Forest is connected and accessible by the General Highway.

We spent Thursday night at a camping site called Sunrise Campground in the Kings Canyon. Standing among the giant ancient trees being enveloped by the stillness and the warmth of the trees, I thank John Muir for his spiritual words which he so eloquently expressed. Here are a few I would like to share with you.

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do."

Aloha -- Cathi