Sequoia National Park 2016 - lawrencebraunstein

My last visit to Sequoia National Park was 34 years ago!   Sadly, I didn’t spend very much time there as my ultimate goal was Yosemite farther to the north.  This time I was determined to do things differently and devoted two weeks to (primarily) the southern half of the park.   In all honesty, even this wasn’t enough time to sufficiently acquaint myself with this alluring corner of the Sierra Nevada.  In addition to the giant Sequoias, the park offers a profusion of awe-inspiring landscapes.  I visited gentle meadows of near magical beauty, well marked trails through dark and heavily wooded forests, the imposing ‘Crystal Cave’ with its fascinatingly complex ‘marble’ (not limestone!) stalactite and stalagmite formations, and so much more.   Having said this, I must confess that perhaps the most moving scenes of beauty for me involved the great Sequoias themselves reflecting the light of the sun.  The Sequoias’ reddish brown bark has the capacity to warm the sun’s light, adding to it a distinctive luminosity of great beauty.  I observed this phenomenon quite often during my visit.  Provided the sun’s light had found its way to the Sequoia’s massive rind, one could quickly spot a ‘gentle giant’ even within densely wooded areas, bestowing it with a mystically enchanting glow.   In retrospect, I sincerely regret having waited so long before revisiting Sequoia National Park.  The days passed all too quickly which did nothing but heighten my desire to see much more of this magnificently majestic national park.   Perhaps some day...