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Travel Photo Thursday: Let It Snow!

Travel Photo Thursday: Let It Snow!

California lives on snow.

Snow that falls in the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter becomes a life-giving reservoir of water that sustains for much of the Golden State’s population as the snowpack melts from late Spring into Fall.

After a prolonged drought, this weeks storms have Californian’s yelling “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Here are two versions of a snowy nighttime scene shot in Sequoia National Park not in Winter, but last May when a late season storm blew through the mountains.

The white snow turned yellow under the glow of incandescent lights at Wuksachi Lodge.

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The second pays homage to Ansel Adams with a black and white rendition of the same subject.

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(For more information on visiting Sequoia National Parks and the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park read “Big Spiders, Big Trees, and Mr. Muir’s Big Rock.”

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)

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Travel Photo Thursday: Topping Out

Travel Photo Thursday: Topping Out

Half Dome
(Bonzo McGrue Flickr Photo)

Moro Rock is one of the most prominent natural features in Sequoia National Park. It’s a bit like Yosemite’s Half Dome: Everyone wants to climb it.

You don’t need technical mountaineer skills to climb Half Dome, just a permit and the willingness to risk your life hanging in a long line with a multitude of your new best friends from cables that dangle down the backside of that most famous piece of granite/

But topping out on Moro Rock is much easier. It merely involves tramping up long flights of stone steps flanked by steel railings.

Well, that’s almost true.

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A Snowy Spring Surprise

A Snowy Spring Surprise

Mother Nature is fickle.

One week she blows hot.

The next week, she blows not just cold, but cold and snowy.

That’s what happened in late April and May at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the California’s “Range of Light,” the Sierra Nevada mountains.

As luck would have it, my visit to the parks involved a snowy Spring surprise.

(This video originally aired on MarinTV which is operated by the Community Media Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, where Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, is a producer.)