So, after a week-long journey into the beauty of our own national forests, I have decided to venture off to Asia later this year! From Aug. 29th-Sept. 13th, I’ll be in Thailand! If anyone would like to join me, please shoot me an email!
For the last day and a half, I have been in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. As the title of this post insinuates, I haven’t had any cell reception, which has been ok, and has forced me to stay committed to my “me” time mantra for this trip. The sights, including one bear sighting, have been spectacular. I took a few hikes today-two in Sequoia Nat’l and one in Kings Canyon. I got up bright and early, thinking that was the ideal time to start, only to get cold feet about hiking alone in the woods. There are advisories posted everywhere about black bears, and my camp ground also has a warning related to a mountain lion that killed a buck (deer) the night before I arrived-apparently he keeps coming back to feed.. So, I drove around for a bit and then hiked when some other people began to adventure. My only comparable experience was last year’s half dome hike. The Sequoia-Kings experience was much less grueling, but just as beautiful. Today, I am on the road to Patterson, CA. While not as exciting as earlier parts of my trip, I’m definitely looking forward to spending some time with Jason & his kids. So, in closing, I’ll say that being deep in the woods does have its disadvantages-no internet, no phone-it was a bit lonely.. Regardless, I’m glad to have spent the last day and a half out there. :) now back to civilization, where I can take a much needed shower.
Quickly, I’d like to apologize for the lack of paragraph breaks in my blog. Unfortunately, when I blog from my phone, it omits carriage returns. I’ll need to figure out if there’s a way around that, such as typing .
Headline for Ben. Happens to be what I’m listening to at the moment at the Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo, Where The Streets Have No Name (song change). Thank you, Hien and Linda, for recommending this place. I have never had such a good tri-tip sandwich at a restaurant! It’s my only meal in SLO, and it’s definitely worthwhile. Last night in Morro Bay was great. I walked around a bunch, took some pictures, bought some saltwater taffy, watched some TV, and grabbed a beer at one of the local pubs. Of course, I played 11-Ball and other games on the video machine. All-in-all, it was a relaxing evening and I enjoyed the small coastal town. This morning, I went to Cal Poly SLO and drove around campus a few times, checking out different buildings, etc. On my way out I snapped a couple shots of the Veteran’s Memorial Building (a tank and a cannon), and then I headed for downtown. I’ve spent the last couple hours walking around town, looking in shops, etc. Now that I’m done with lunch, I’m considering heading to the theater to watch Wanted or Wall-E, but I haven’t decided if I should maybe get on the road instead. More to follow later! :) Best, Mason