HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2003 |
We were surrounded by ostriches. Just stay in place, I heard Jeremy Railton tell me, let them get to know you. I raised my eyes from the bare brown earth to see seven long, flexible necks and seven wackily intense faces moving in on me with their rounded beaks. This was as up-close-and-personal as I'd ever been with a 7-foot-tall bird of prehistoric countenance.
April 16, 2000
Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3601; telephone (619) 557-5450, fax (619) 557-5469, www.nps.gov/cabr. Channel Islands National Park, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001; tel. (805) 658-5700, fax (805) 658-5799, www.nps.gov/chis. Death Valley National Park, P.O. Box 579, Death Valley, CA 92328; tel. (760) 786-2331, fax (760) 786-3283, www.nps.gov/deva.
August 16, 1998 |
Sequoia National Park's hiking season is a fairly short one. The middle elevations--4,000 to 8,000 feet--are often snow-covered from November through May. Higher in the Sierra, particularly after a winter of heavy snowfall such as this year, the summer hiking season is even shorter. Two memorable destinations beckon the late-summer day hiker from the park's Wolverton trail head: Alta Meadow, a fine camping area, and Alta Peak, offering inspiring High Sierra views.
October 5, 1997 |
These sequoias are off the beaten track. No roads come near. No tour buses, parking lots or crowds. Maybe this isolation makes Muir Grove one of the most inspiring stands of big trees in Sequoia National Park. But it's not that isolated. It's an easy two-mile walk from the recently rehabilitated Dorst Creek Campground. Still, because it's a hike--not a highway--to the grove, few travelers take the time to walk to this magnificent stand of sequoias.
July 23, 2000 |
The hike around Zumwalt Meadow and along the South Fork of the Kings River shows off a gentler, more subtle side of Kings Canyon National Park--a contrast with the park's steep Sierra slopes and towering sequoias. Zumwalt Meadow was named for lawyer Daniel K. Zumwalt, whose client was the Southern Pacific Railroad. History is hazy about Zumwalt's behind-the-scenes role in aiding the formation of General Grant National Park, forerunner of Kings Canyon.
August 25, 1996 |
Eagle Lake, a popular weekend backpacker destination, is accessible by one of Mineral King's easier trails. Relatively easier, that is. A 2,200-foot gain at high altitude in 3 1/2 miles is a good workout to say the least. When the light is right, the lake mirrors its scenic surroundings: weathered foxtail pines, polished granite walls, their shaded cracks and crevices, with patches of long-lingering snow. Eagle, like many Sierra lakes, was "improved" to render it more reservoir-like. Mt.