four years ago today [2012.10.24]
the odometer on my truck crossed 20000 miles on the way to see the giant sequoias. before the visit to giant sequoia national park, i hadn't seen these massive trees in person. the trees had a different feel to them than the redwoods. my heart felt more connected to the redwoods, though i still loved being in the presence of these giants. exploring the park, i saw a little snow on the ground and on the distant mountains. at another spot in the park, it was interesting to see little bits of the ground on fire and learn that the trees need the fire as part of their growth (and when the fires were being put out by man, the the trees didn't reproduce or grow like they previously had).
after seeing some of the trees near the entrance of the park, i made my way into kings canyon and took the road all the way to the end. i explored, saw some waterfalls, and then found a spot to photograph the stars from inside the canyon before it got dark. it felt pretty remote being surrounded by nature in the canyon.. it was another amazing place to spend the night sleeping under the stars. i'm grateful for having chosen a self-contained rv that i could use to live life on the road from. i had thought of lots of different options, such as getting a motorhome and having a smaller car for wandering, or a truck with a tow-behind or fifth wheel camper, though none of these would've made it easy to stay in beautiful places in nature, nor would it have been fun to have to drive all the way back to the campground every day. with the truck camper, it was nice to just pick up and go from wherever i was. everything was there with me on my home on wheels and i didn't have to look back.