Our Travels // Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park


 
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Dakota and I embarked on our first road trip together two weeks ago and our first stop was the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park. We stayed in Tenaya Lodge, just a few minutes away from the grove and after watching this video in the comforts of our hotel room, we thought we were prepared for what we were about to see the next morning.

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There is a hush that comes over you as you enter a place like that, a kind of unspoken reverence for nature. How do I describe the feeling of intense awe, trying to comprehend the magnificence of a sequoia tree? It's beauty fills up your soul and forces you to face the greatness of the universe….of God, of what lies beyond the boundaries of daily life. Seeing trees as tall as buildings, more than a thousand years old, and to walk paths surrounded by them was otherworldly. To contemplate their existence is to be faced with our own, minuscule one. I was so moved by the enormity of their size and their ability to endure our ever-changing world that it was difficult for me to take a picture that expressed that. I will never forget this place where trees are protected, uninterrupted and where they are free to be all that they are capable of being.

In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree...-- Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

It is true, that there is tonic in the wilderness. It heals your tiredness and refreshes your love for beauty. It is a necessary part of living in a modern world to seek comfort in the land, to remind us of what is important for the soul. I can’t express how grateful I am to have seen these trees in my lifetime and I certainly encourage you all to make the trek and experience it for yourself. Dakota and I will surely be back again.

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