Chester, a 94-year-old Navy veteran, helped build the trail inside Crystal Cave in 1940. At age 17 Chester helped to open the cave to tourist before he went to fight in World War II. Over 70 years later Chester returns to see the cave he once worked on.
Chester's brother contacted SPC when Chester made the request to visit the cave he had worked on so many years ago. We made arrangements to make this happen. The Fresno City College football team helped to carry Chester down the steep and strenuous 1/2 mile trail to the cave.
Hosting an original Crystal Cave CCC member was an honor. We are happy to have been able to make this happen for Chester.
Fresno Bee article www.fresnobee.com/sports/article151663737.html.
For more information on Crystal Cave visit www.explorecrystalcave.com.
A letter from Karen Stroh,
Sequoia National Park has been a part of my life since I was born. I grew up where the east fork joins the Kaweah River at the Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. My parents Bill and Denelle Stroh built and owned the Canyon Lodge Motel (now the Sequoia Village Inn). They both worked in Sequoia.
My mother's parents, Darrell and Nell Perce also worked in Sequoia. My mother grew up in Ash Mountain and Lodgepole. My parents met when my mother was working in the personnel department at Ash Mountain and my father was hired. My mother left that job to raise my sister Kathy and I, and to help run the motel.
My father worked in maintenance in all areas of Sequoia. Some of the things he did was maintain the lighting system in Crystal Cave, build and maintain backcountry lookouts and radio repeaters (he logged a lot of hours in the helicopter), entrance stations and the Lodgepole Museum. After he retired he helped the Sequoia Natural History Association with several projects including overseeing the creation of the new Foothills Visitor Center at Ash Mountain. My mother was the business manager of the Sequoia Natural History Association from 1973 until she retired in 1992.
My grandfather Darrell was a heavy equipment operator driving trucks in the summer and snowplows in the winter. My grandmother Nell was a telephone operator in the old Administration Building which topped the hill directly across the highway from the present Ash Mountain Visitors Center. They lived in Ash Mountain and in Grant Grove. As a child I spent time with them in both of these locations.
In the winters my parents took my sister Kathy and I to Lodgepole for night skating on the lighted ice rink. We also spent many weekends downhill skiing at Wolverton with friends from the park, Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay and Visalia.
I have always enjoyed Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock and the General Sherman is amazing. I feel very privileged to have grown up with them.
I miss having all of this at my doorstep, but I have found a Sequoia giganteum here. It was planted on the hilltop where I live in 1966 as a 9 foot tree. It is now 75 feet tall. There are several other smaller ones on the property. Sequoia National Park will always be near and dear to my heart.
April 10, 2017
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If you are in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, stop by one of our Park Stores. They are located in the Visitor Centers throughout the Parks. In Sequoia: Foothills Visitor Center, Giant Forest Museum, Lodgepole Visitor Center, and the Mineral King Ranger Station. In Kings Canyon: Kings Canyon Visitor Center, and the Cedar Grove Visitor Center.
To shop online visit: store.sequoiaparksconservancy.org
National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017!
"National Park Week is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks." -National Park Service
On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
April 15–16 and 22–23
Learn more about National Park Week: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/national-park-week.htm
Find a park to visit: http://findyourpark.com/
Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/index.htm
Each year flocks of visitors come to see the beautiful wildflowers of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. If you are thinking of doing the same, here is a chart of when you can see common wildflowers.
In honor of International Women's Day here is a road map of the history of the women's National Park Service Uniform.
The 2017 Travel & Adventure Show in Los Angeles took place last weekend. SPC attended as part of the Sequoia Tourism Council booth representing Tulare County.
The Travel & Adventure show is the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S. There are opportunities to meet celebrity travel speakers such as Andrew Zimmern, Rick Steves and Peter Greenberg. The show also includes a "Taste of Travel" stage, cultural performances, exclusive offers, and hands-on adventure activities.
We had a great time speaking to attendees about the many recreation and leisure opportunities in Tulare County. Of course, one of the most popular attractions in this area is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We hope we inspired attendees to visit our neck of the woods and find their adventure!
To make your Saturday extra special, we’ve decided to pair some of our favorite nature quotes with photos from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. From alpine lakes to the stars in the sky and everywhere between, enjoy some of the best:
"The earth has its music for those who will listen."
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The poetry of the earth is never dead."
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Wildness is the preservation of the World."
-Henry David Thoreau
What is your favorite nature quote? Leave it in the comments below.
Patricia Jacobsma is the SPC Supporter of the Month for February 2017!
As technology advances, there are an increasing amount of excuses to stay indoors and live a sedentary lifestyle. Many people resort to spending time in the gym, which has many benefits but cannot replace time spent outdoors.
The infographic below outlines 6 mental benefits of outdoor recreation and exercise. Do you need any more reasons to #getoutside and #findadventure?