Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Sunday’s adventures revolved around big things.  Really big trees, located in the Sequoia National Forest and really big mountains in Kings Canyon.  And on our way out to the parks we stopped in Visalia, a small town known for it’s giant murals.


We couldn’t find a map that told us where they all were so we wandered the town and found a few of them.

Imported Photos 00300 (Small)Then we headed up into the mountains to find the trees for ourselves.  It was a beautiful trip through farmland filled with orange groves and grapefruit trees and miles and miles of grapes.

But I digress.  I’m sure what you really want to see are the trees – yes?  You won’t be disappointed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t they magnificent?  There were lots of them, each beautiful.  I wish I could live in a small house out in the middle of these trees.   I loved them all.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also wish I could show them all to you, but there were so many.  You just have to add this park to your list of places to visit.  After we toured the giant trees we headed over to the park right next door called Kings Canyon.  The mountains were awe inspiring.  Everywhere you looked was something stunningly beautiful.

Imported Photos 00367 (Small)We were lucky too that the parks were open for free this weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Can you believe it?  All this splendor and no entrance fee!

Imported Photos 00372 (Small)I told my husband this was better than visiting Disney World.  I could have stayed taking photos all day.

Imported Photos 00383 (Small)The good news is we stayed at a lodge right in the park Sunday night, so Monday we’ll get to explore some more.  It’s all just amazing.  I can’t wait to show you!


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “Giants

  1. It is better than Disneyland, isn’t it? I’m so envious, I missed the sequoias, it would’ve been an extra 300 miles last week. I love the picture of the tree hugger!


  2. Simply amazing! Enjoy the beauty.


  3. Great Pictures!


  4. What a wonderful sight these must be to see in person. Your pictures are lovely so I can just imagine what it must be like in real life. My sister went to Yosemite earlier this year and came back with some amazing shots too.


  5. those trees are breath-taking and mind-boggling!


  6. I, too, love the big trees in California. The Sequoias and the Red Woods.


  7. Nature always beats Disneyland or Disneyworld, in my opinion. Lucky, lucky you. The big trees in California are amazing. Love your images. It looks like a wonderful trip. 🙂


  8. The trees and the canyon are gorgeous! Don’t know when I’ll make it there, but those trees are definitely on the list.


  9. And I can’t wait to see more!! What splendor — we’re so fortunate to be experiencing it through your posts.


  10. It’s truly beautiful country – been years since I’ve been there, so thank you for the visit. Are you going to drive up through Humboldt? That is also gorgeous – the redwoods are amazing!



  11. FABULOUS, Dawn — and MUCH better than Disneyland!


  12. I love that when you take a trip you virtually take a whole group with you!
    Better than Disneyland? . . . Maybe. With your tour group, yes.
    I especially like the picture of you “hugging” the tree because your six-year-old self is shining through!


  13. Looks beautiful. Ive always wanted to see those huge trees. Maybe one day. Have a great time!


  14. You hear about those trees all your life and now you know what it is like to stand next to one. Must be astonishing. I am glad you are having a great adventure!


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