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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures California - West Coast Vacation #4

Happy July 4th from Prospect, Oregon!

Last month I shared memories from my west coast vacation on Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

So far we've visited Texas, NM and Arizona. On June 19th we traveled from AZ to CA for the first of 6 National Parks and 1 pretty famous lake. We've spent a little over 2 weeks in California and let me tell you, except for our last stop (which I'll share next time) the temps have been from the upper 90's to 120 degrees!

Our first stop was Shoshone, CA and Death Valley where we actually hit that 120 degree mark. I got a photo showing the temperature when we went into the visitor's center. When we came out it was 120, but I couldn't get a photo because a TV news station was there interviewing people (no I did NOT get on TV LOL!) We visited the Ashford Mill Ruins and the salt flat of Badwater Basin. Death Valley is the Hottest, Driest and Lowest (below sea level) point in America!

But the most beautiful part of this entire park is Artists Way & Artists Palett - some of the most colorful and beautiful rock formations you'll ever see! Here are a couple of photos but honestly they don't come near to doing this gorgeous place justice...


Upon leaving Shoshone and Death Valley, we went to Lemon Cove, CA and visited Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. We climbed Moro Rock (6275 feet!!) and saw the famous General Sherman Tree (Sequoia). This place is absolutely gorgeous too. 

King's Canyon was mostly a driving tour of beautiful mountains and valleys...up, down, twisting, winding roads with luscious views and raging water... 


I'm finding this country to be so much more than I ever dreamed and we've only scratched the surface of all the places to visit!

I'll share the other 3 National parks with you next time (Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic & Redwoods) but for now I'm going to leave you with this short video of that raging water. It's only 30 seconds but if you close your eyes you can feel the energy and power....

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless!


Patricia Stoltey said...

These are wonderful photos, Pamela. I also love the rushing mountain streams and rivers in our area. It only takes a short drive to get to the places in the Cache la Poudre River in my part of Northern Colorado where we can watch the rafts coming down the rapids and floating through calmer sections of river. I admit, I prefer to watch rather than climb in one of those rafts myself. :D

Joan Reeves said...

Great photos, Pam. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Texas. Happy Independence Day!

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Lovely photos! Happy 4th!

Maris said...

I grew up in California (Northern California) and for years after I moved away, I'd fly back 3 or 4 times a year to visit my parents. Now that they're gone, I don't get back, so I'm loving these pictures.

Sharon Ervin said...

You didn't mention fires, although the nightly news features the burning in those areas you are visiting. Are you purposely avoiding those, or are they not as widespread as depicted?