Did you know, general sherman by volume, is the largest known living single stem tree on earth?
with a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft) it towers over any other tree around it.
now for some context—imagine i’m a mouse and general sherman is a 6ft human... that is just how big these trees are.
have you ever experienced the beauty of a sequoia? if not, i suggest you must go!
When you visit sequoia national park, don’t forget to visit its neighbor to the north — kings canyon.⠀
here you’ll find more single track trails, a lake, more sequoias, possibly some bear tracks (😱) and this amazing panoramic view at panoramic point.⠀
fyi, panoramic point isn’t actually in the canyon but it allows you to view inside the canyon—which is super cool and unfortunately the only hike we could get to due to road closures.⠀
but it was still a beautiful hike and i’d highly recommend doing it as it’s the best view of the canyon.⠀
oh and if you go in february you’ll definitely see some snow, hopefully on the trails and not the roads.⠀
man just talking about it makes me already want to go back—who’s in?⠀
Views of half dome from glacier point road . . . .
Happy presidents’ day! it was presidents’ day weekend twelve years ago that i came up to dc to visit a friend and decided to move here for good! it’s a pretty special weekend for me every year, and one of the coolest things i did that first weekend was to go up in the washington monument and get the view from the top. and now i finally have the ultimate guide for you up on the blog! check it out and start planning your trip!
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It’s not every day that you can explore our country’s great #canyons, #mountains and #forests for free. mark your calendars and get ready for the 2020 #nationalparks free days.
calling all nature lovers! every year, all 419 national parks offer five fee-free days with no admission charges. without a valid national park pass, you’re saving anywhere from $5-35 during these five #nationalparkservice (nps) sites’ fee-free days in 2020:
jan. 20, martin luther king, jr.’s birthday
april 18, the first day of national park week
aug. 25, the national park service’s birthday
sept. 26, national public lands day
nov. 11, veterans day
follow this list of participating parks by state from the #nps for reference. if that’s not enough “staycation” inspiration, here are some other benefits to consider:
experience and gain knowledge on #nature, #wildlife, #plants and historical #monuments that are expressed through vivid real-life interpretation while #hiking or wandering through the national parks.
mental well-being improves since stress is minimized and tranquility, happiness and energy levels raise by breathing in fresh air, seeing new sights and taking a break from the world of technology.
sustainability increases with each volunteer visitor that treks through. from picking up litter with a group of friends, to planting trees or grass, the overall health of parks improves by volunteer efforts. “fee-free days inspire people to experience the #naturalbeauty, #history and #heritage we all share,” said will shafroth, president and ceo of the national park foundation, which is the charitable partner of the nps. “they remind us that across our 419 national parks, there is something for everyone and all are welcome to explore.” travel insights from taylor coulson, contributing editor of the compass
first african-american woman to found and become president of a bank: maggie l. walker, st. luke penny savings bank (since 1930 the consolidated bank & trust company), richmond, virginia
maggie lena walker (july 15, 1864 – december 15, 1934) was an african-american teacher and businesswoman. walker was the first african american woman to charter a bank and serve as its president in the united states.
as a leader, she achieved successes with the vision to make tangible improvements in the way of life for african americans and women. disabled by paralysis and limited to a wheelchair later in life, walker also became an example for people with disabilities.
walker's restored and furnished home in the historic jackson ward neighborhood of richmond, virginia has been designated a national historic site, operated by the national park service
If you're ever in southern arizona, make the detour to chriricahua national monument - this "wonderland of rocks" has got to be one of arizona's best hidden gems! these amazing rock formations remind me of the ones you'd find in bryce canyon np, but better since it's free! the trails are well marked and beautifully maintained and the best part is the lack of crowds - we only saw a handful of people during our visit!
we made a short stop at the visitors center, then hiked echo canyon loop (counter clockwise) and spent a little time checking out the echo canyon grottoes. the loop was a little over 3 miles and kids hiked it with no problems. i highly recommend checking out this trail if you've got kids with you! if you're not up for a trail that long, just hiking down to the grotto (1 mile rt) from the parking area would be another great option.
We snowshoed in the caldera of a dormant volcano today. how was your sunday?
some things we learned... snowshoeing is fun. it is also tough. breaking new snow is fun, but sticking to snow covered roads and trails doesn't require as much effort. also, don't forget to put sunscreen on the kids faces. lastly, our 3 year old is the best snowshoer of all of us.
things we learn the more we explore.
would highly recommend valles caldera national preserve. bonus points because sheriff longmire's cabin is here in the caldera (no joke)!
Deep down chasms - carlsbad caverns fall 2019
a midnight journey to carlsbad caverns at sunrise was quite a venture. the thought of driving with vacant passenger seats was a constant reminder of my solitary. despite it all, the excitement of descending into the cave eliminates loneliness. an experience to embrace and witness the underground structure of planet earth.