If I needed a reason to go on a Nature Trek to find some fall colors to rejuvenate my soul, I had one. I am not teaching online this fall so did not need high speed secure access to the internet, which is not always feasible from hotel rooms. And I would not have to be grading way too many essays, so could devote my time to the solitude and contemplation found in Nature. So why not go on a road trip? Besides, I had a new dash cam to play with, trying to capture some videos of the great roads I planned to travel.
This little road trip took me on a loop from Bakersfield to Bishop to Reno to Redding to Fresno and then back to Bishop and home. The Lassen Volcanic National Park that was on the route was closed already for winter travel, so I only saw about 10 miles of it—I will have to try visiting there again sometime. I also was grounded for a day due to a steady all-day downpour. The sky was all dark grey clouds and the mountain roads I would have been on were twisty and steep, so I opted not to press my luck.
On the whole, the trip was a great success! Most of what I saw were lots and lots of pine trees, given the elevations I was traveling. But some splotches of fall colors stood out to brighten the drives. I even traveled across the Tioga Pass in Yosemite again, even though I figured there would not be much fall color. It offered some dramatic views that I will share in a later post. The rain that punctuated several days of my trip did not diminish the glorious wonders of the drive either. I like driving in the rain, especially when the rain is so needed in California to fight against the five-year drought.
The first stretch of fall colors popped up along California Highway 395 outside of Bishop, California, as captured by my dash cam. I’m having fun learning to make use of this new little toy. Light and shadows really are evident in the video, but it captures the colors rushing past.
I’ve visited Yosemite National Park in the fall before, so I knew there would be some impressive color to appreciate. This time, the colors came through even on a rainy day.
I’m not sure if this little video caught the leaves falling steadily from the trees as a breeze swept through the area, but it was a great little show.
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QUOTES ABOUT AUTUMN’S BEAUTY & WONDER
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M. Montgomery
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” Lauren DeStefano
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” Yoko Ono
“Autumn is the hardest season. The leave are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” John Donne
“Autumn. . . the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” Jim Bishop
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the autumnal cascade of autumn leaves.” Joe L. Wheeler
“And I rose in rainy autumn and walked abroad in a shower of all my days. . . .” Dylan Thomas
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot
“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” Thomas Hood
“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” Faith Baldwin
“Autumn is the season of change.” Taoist Proverb
WHERE DO YOU GO TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN ALL AROUND?