The tree canopies in the forests of the Sierra Nevada create a similar affect of the lanterns above. The sunlight filters through a myriad of limbs and branches – casting shadows all around; falling upon the berries and wildflowers, on the forest floor covered with pine needles and cones. Our annual road trip this year included Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia. Each park has an abundance of glorious, jaw dropping sights – but the relative emptiness and calm of Kings Canyon and Sequoia really spoke to me. Each evening at check in,
we were informed of the proper etiquette around bears – we were prepared – now where were they? On our last morning, we took the beautiful, grand Congress Trail in The Giant Forest and there they were, the ultimate visual reward, a cinnamon colored mama bear followed by her 2 precious cubs on a walk-about through the ferns.