Sequoia. A breath taking sight to behold no matter what season. A haven for people seeking an escape from their daily stressful routines. The park is blessed with wise old trees towering at unbelievable heights. If you visit the forest you will be left with an unforgettable experience just as I have.
To me sequoia is like a blissful reawakening to the part of the human soul that resides within nature. Its clean crisp air and gentle sounds are sooth and comfort the mind allowing the body to take in a deep breath and relax.
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During the winter the forest is mostly covered by a white blanket of fresh snow that only serves to accentuate its beautiful glory all the more. The breathtaking snow secludes you in a world of innocence seemingly untouched by mankind as if it were a world all in its self.
The parks giant trees left me in awe the first time I saw it still does whenever I revisit. They stand proudly as tourist take in their magnificence. Personally I get the urge to show them off to new friends or family willing to make the trip as if I was a parent boasting about my child. I take pride in being able to create and view the fascination and vast range of emotions that pass through peoples face as they witness for the first time a sight that will forever be engraved in their memories as they take in the amazing view of the giant forest.
Although Sequoias giants make you realize how tiny you are in comparison they also make you think about life and wonder how much of it they have seen. Many of the giants have lived for hundreds of years which is incredible compared to our lifespan.
My family has made it a habit of camping in the park just about every summer. Anyone who has stayed the night at the park can tell you that you cannot merely glimpse at the night sky because away from the pollution of civilization billions of stars shine at their best captivating your mind and holing your sight so that their magnificence can be reflected in one’s own eyes. At a time like that it is very easy to understand why our predecessors were so intrigued by them.
Other amazing visiting places like the Museum or Hospital rock give you more knowledge about the park and its history. In the museum you learn that even space shuttles can compare to their tallest trees. You also learn how a great fire once saved the forest from the cold of an especially harsh winter. Outside the museum entrance there is even a tile path lain down that lets you know where you stand at the height of sequoia tree. At hospital rock you learn how the natives used the place to heal their ill. Aside the rock faded marks of their language are still visible. If you follow a nearby trail you will be greeted by a cave, waterfall, and river of melted snow.
I have had many incredible experiences at Sequoia National Park, like the sight of a bear cub searching for food or an unexpected drop from atop a soft patch of snow leaving me buried up my shoulders. The whole park is incredibly enchanting I wish more people would like to visit and experience the place to.
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