Learn Something New Every Day!

It was the end of March, so we foolishly figured it was spring.  But in reality winter was still holding forth as a friend and I visited Sequoia National Park.  We saw a winter wonderland and had a great time, but out trip was cut short when the roads through the park were closed due to a storm.  At the time, we were disappointed:  Our plan to visit Kings Canyon National Park was not going to happen on that trip as planned.

IMG_3059IMG_3066Last week, however, we returned to Kings Canyon to finish our trip and were overjoyed about the earlier delay.  In May, spring was finally holding forth, blanketing the roadside with wildflowers.  The big trees were just as impressive even though not covered in snow.











But it was the majestic roaring Kings River that filled us with awe.  It would not have been so impressive several months earlier before the snow melt started to flow.  Over time this river has cut a magnificent canyon.  In fact, the Kings Canyon is even deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  This impressive river drops 13,291 feet along its course—that is the greatest vertical drop for any undammed river in the United States.  Traveling through the national park on Highway 180, we were able to drive along the river, making it all the way to Road’s End.

IMG_20140522_153031_hdr (2)We first spotted the river at Grizzly Falls in the Monarch Wilderness.  It represents the overflow of Grizzly Lake and eventually wends its way to the Kings River far below.

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As we drove through the park, we could catch glimpses of the actual river far below as well.


IMG_2982But as we continued our drive through the park, Highway 180 eventually took us right along the shores of the river.  The water was moving quickly as the snow melt rushed down from mountains over 8,000 feet above the valley floor.  The river was inviting, but even the pools that looked relatively calm were hiding a raging current that moved the river forward on its journey.














Kings River:  Impressive, isn’t it?

This blog post was my response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water.

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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”   Norman Maclean

“Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!” said Piglet, feeling him.
Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.”  
A. A. Milne

“The river is everywhere.”   Hermann Hesse

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.”   Emma Smith

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”    David Brower

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”   Laura Gilpin

“A good river is nature’s life work in song.”   Mark Helprin

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”   Native American Saying

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams—they all have different names, but they all contain water.  Just as religions do—they all contain truths.”   Muhammad Ali

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”  John Lubbock

“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes—every form of animate and inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.”  Orison Swett Marden

“In Einstein’s equation, time is a river.  It speeds up, meanders, and slows down.  The new wrinkle is that it can have whirlpools and fork into two rivers. So, if the river of time can be bent into a pretzel, create whirlpools and fork into two rivers, then time travel cannot be ruled out.”  Michio Kaku

“Statistics vary, but in less than seven years there won’t be a single cell left in any of our bodies that’s the same as it is today. This means that any human being who ‘wants’ to change is like a mountain river wanting to reach the valley floor.  It’s a done deal; that’s what mountain rivers do, and ‘changing’ should be our first nature.”  Guy Finley

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to get anywhere else.”  Hal Boyle

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”  Mikhail Lermontov

“Love is the river of life in the world.”  Henry Ward Beecher

“Rivers know this:  There is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”   A.A. Milne

Comments on: "The Majestic Kings River" (14)

  1. I really appreciate your participation this week. Great photos.

  2. Great photos. The place looks amazing. You seem to be able to capture all the right pics at the right moment. Do follow our travels as well on our blog if you can

  3. Deborah the Closet Monster said:

    I especially like the photo where it appears the cloud is exploding from the mountainside. I miss clouds with character!

    • Oh real weather and clouds especially is terrific! I loved the two days on my trip when I drive through midwest rain storms, all day downpours with thunder and lightning. Our California drought makes it harder to see any rain at all, but even in good years we rarely have “real weather.”

  4. Wonderful collection of pictures and quotes.

  5. I have nominated you for the Most Inspiring Blogger Award

  6. WOW. Thanks. I will check out your blog and see what the rules are.

  7. […] Canyon National Park.  In the spring, it is impossible not to notice the steep canyon cut by the majestic Kings River. Highway 180 runs along the river down to the very bottom of the canyon.  At vista points, most of […]

  8. […] this year I visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  These glorious parks are nestled against the western side of the Sierra Nevada.  […]

  9. […] Kings River National Park, California […]

  10. […] feel lucky that these two national parks—Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park—are basically in my backyard.  They are situated only about 120 miles […]

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