I leave the cool, clear, high elevation evergreen forests of Sequoia National Park where I have been running the heater every morning to take the chill off, and drive down over 6,000 ft to the Central Valley where it is hot, dry, and straw-colored. As if that weren’t shock enough to my system, all of California is suffering a heat wave this week. I’ve gone from snuggling under a down comforter to “hot, hot, Africa hot” in under two hours.
I am off to visit our newest National Park, Pinnacles, newly anointed in 2013. The road through irrigated farm land and nut orchards is pot-holed and heavily trafficked by trucks. It seems like I will never get to the turnoff Continue reading