I’m guessing that the year 2020 will bring a new chapter to the lives of many of us. For the past 5+ months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Steve and Wende by living in their house on Lake Tahoe. Summer in that particular part of the Sierra Mountains is delightful with mild weather and bountiful natural beauty.
It was 5 years ago that we visited YNP. This park is very large and has a big variety of spectacular natural features to visit. Two years ago at about this time, we took the opportunity to visit Mammoth Hot Springs, which is in the northernmost part of YNP.
It’s located in northwestern Montana. It’s about 1 million acres of truly spectacular natural beauty. You should go.
Our host, Steve, came up to Tahoe for a short visit recently. We were happy to see him and, frankly, just to have some company after 4 months of solitude.
Directly across the road from Steve’s house is a prominent landmark called Round Hill. It’s a small hill right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, perhaps 300 feet high at its peak. We were on the balcony looking at the hill and realized that in the 10 years Steve and Wende have owned the house, they had not yet hiked to the top of the hill. So, the next day we did just that.
It’s not a particularly difficult hike. It begins on the north side above the Round Hill Pines Beach. As you make your way up the trail, you start to get a nice view looking north along the shoreline and a nice view of Steve and Wende’s house. The trail continues around to the east side where you get good views of the mountains and the town of South Lake Tahoe. Then around to the south side of the hill you will have a stunning view of the entire south half of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. At the peak you can choose which portion of a 180 degree vista to focus your attention upon. We enjoyed it so much we did it again a couple of days later.
We enjoyed Steve’s visit and our daily walks/hikes, particularly the Round Hill hike.
The United State has some spectacular national parks. We have been fortunate to visit many of them: Grand Canyon NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Yosemite NP, Glacier NP and many others.
So, why am I making special mention of Sequoia National Park? This park is well down the list in terms of the number of annual visitors among national parks. Perhaps it is overshadowed by Yosemite NP which is a little further north along the Sierras and is in the top 5 most visited parks.
Certainly, all of those other national parks have beautiful scenery and marvelous natural wonders and deserve every bit of the attention they get from the thousands of people that visit them every year. The reason I wanted to highlight Sequoia NP is that when you stand next to one of these trees you will be changed forever. They are so magnificent and impossibly massive, you just have to consider your place in the world and how simply wonderful it is that these giants exist.