Sunday, December 25, 2011

Into The Mountains

At first I needed to catch my breath. Then I had a cold. And then finally I was ready to join Andrzej for a trip into the mountains.

It is really nice to have these so close to us. For their beauty, but also for their fresh air . Getting out of the valley is very refreshing. Best thing is that it is not even far to go. Take 40 minutes or so and you are there. In the Sequoia National Park. The park is of course huge so that the bit we travel in is just a tiny part of it. Enormous pieces of forest lie untouched to and only a few regions can be accessed via hiking trails.




…and a bit higher up. The ‘fogginess’ in the background is in fact smog. It lies in the valley like a blanket.




Looking out over the world’s largest grove of sequoia trees, some 2100 larger than 10’ in diameter.




Now I believe this is a Sugar Pine? Look at the size of that cone! I shall come back and correct this once I’m able to verify my information!




We went up about 6000’ and judging by the markers next to the road they get pretty heavy snow up there. The last of the snowfalls was now only patches of white in shady spots.




We did drop by at the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman. Size is calculated based on the volume of the tree, not the height/circumference etc)






It was COLD up there…the temperature hovering just above zero.

There will be many more mountain trips, so I’ll be back with more pictures for sure, in the future!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before You Can Go…. need to be ready to do so. I was quite confident, at one time, that I had it all under control. Dear Lorainne was gracious enough not to laugh at me in my face, but instead simply stated that she would be back to finish the packing job she started. Between her and Beverly, we were able to finish and leave when we had planned to. Without them I might still be packing instead of sitting here at Gleanings typing this!

Ladies you are the very BEST!

Lorainne bravely soldiers on

Brave Lorainne

while Beverly whips up a delicious and beautiful Chai tea latte, served with cinnamon rolls and cookies, for us each.


And finally the quail dropped by to say good-bye too.


By midnight on Sunday the 6th we were packed and ready to head out on Monday morning.