“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir
John Muir, among many other things, was a naturalist, author, and environmentalist, and is credited with the nickname “Father of the National Parks”. His activism and love for nature helped preserve many of the most beautiful parts of our country, particularly Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park, allowing us to enjoy them today. Walking through the vast forest of trees in Sequoia National Park gives new meaning to his many quotes, a provides a deeper appreciation for his work in preserving these trees form the logging industry in the early 1900s. The sheer size of these trees is incredible- typically more than 250ft tall, and around 30 feet across. There really is a magical feeling in those woods, being surrounded by those massive trees. It really helps you understand and appreciate the love John Muir had for this place.
Fun Fact: Three of the first four US National Parks protected giant sequoia trees. As a result, the NPS arrowhead logo features a sequoia silhouette. Sequoia cones decorate the belts and hatbands of park rangers nationwide.
Location: #sequoianationalpark, CA @california#travelcalifornia#californiaadventures
Getting There: Flew @delta to LAS (@vegas). 6 hour drive west to @sequoiakingsnps
Other Airport Options: Fresno (FAT)- 1:30 hr drive, Los Angeles (LAX, BUR)- 3:30hr drive, San Francisco (SJO, OAK SFO),- 4 hr drive
Where We Stayed: Rented a @dodgeofficial Grand Caravan from @avr_van_rental, packed our @keltybuilt sleeping bags, and utilized the convenient stow-n-go seating, sleeping in the back
What we ate: Made a pitstop at @walmart before hitting the road, loaded up on all kinds of food- @clifbar, @backpackerspantry, hot dogs, ramen noodles, sandwich supplies, and @colemanusa propane. Didn’t buy a meal our entire trip!
Gear: @nikonusa D5300 #nikonnofilter
Post production: @apple@adobe@lightroom@photoshop
Fathers Day 2019 was very different this year. Such a rewarding day. I just want to be half the Dad to you JR, that my Dad was to me. May life be one awesome adventure for you. Love you my son. Always, Your Pops
Folks often ask why I switched coasts. "Why would you abruptly leave #nyc when business was booming for you on all fronts?" Did it for mornings like this. Before 8AM, I've already had a long #trailrun in a #nationalforest that is only a 30 min drive from home. I'm home now, have eaten breakfast, onto my 2nd load of laundry while doing vocal warmups and about to hop in the recording studio. Later this afternoon, I'll work on my wedge game at a #golfcourse minutes from my agent's office and if time allows this evening --after computer work-- I might swing by the beach. To swing, naturally. Grateful to the #bestcoast and all of its offerings. I'm the best version of myself when grounded by the #earth and it's bounty. #westcoast#fitnessactivist#straighttrippin#golf#closetchronicles#voiceover#voiceactor#travelingrings
It looks like another year will go by without a family vacation. So many changes in our family and around the homestead that we just can’t seem to make it happen. So instead, I’ll bring the vacation to us! Enjoy these Young Living diffuser blends for a lovely staycation.
Late night bonfire. Check out Elle with the flashlight in the background. She was trying to keep the moths from going into the flame by using her flashlight to detract them from it. Meanwhile, I keep repeating, "Like a moth to a flame, burned by the fire..." (in my best Janet Jackson voice) and E rolling his eyes at both of us. #love#family#camping#outdoors#crystallake#azusa#nationalforest#peaceandquiet
Machaan stories from Jim Corbett - this is a one-of-a-kind wilderness expereince designed solely to make your travel super comfortable and exciting. Pictured here are langurs and spotted deer in action getting their thirst fix at the watering hole at the edge the property.PS: there have been several occasions when guests have seen tigers crossing the riverbed right from the lodge. Book your next jungle trip with us!
Through the Void. (Southern Utah will always hold a special place in my soul. I’ve trailed back to this cave so many times. Each time I sit to reflect of everything I’ve experienced since the last visit...it also helps it’s usually empty when it’s 110 degrees outside.)