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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park / #323

This is like a 3D post. 😉 My apology if it makes you dizzy. 😀


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Music: Sea Change – We all know Beck who gave us psychedelic music like 90’s hits “Loser” and “E-Pro”. But in the beginning of 2000’s, he surprised everyone when he did a complete 360 and gave us one of the most heartbreaking albums of the decade with “Sea Change”.

Here is one of my most favorite album-openers, “Golden Age”. Hear also, on your own, “Guess I’m Doing Fine”.


My schedule was early. I still had one day before I had to meet friends in Yosemite so I decided to drive ahead. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are on the way anyway.

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What’s gotten to me when I drove all over California for 3 weeks was that traveling became a sign of success for me. This is what I love to do. So when I do it I feel more accomplished.

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In life, school, work, etc, when all the glory things are in front of me I tend to ask myself, “How did I get here?”. I tend to look back the way I was.

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You might not see it, but there are ancient writtings on this rock. It’s okay if you don’t see it. It’s misspelled anyways. 🙂 I kid, i kid.

I was a scrawny little kid in the Philippines whose source of happiness came from simple things like just plain playing outside. I had no fancy toys, maybe except Lego. My shoes were my older borther’s old shoes. I had to walk more than a mile to get to my school. Things like that make me look the way I am now, and feel proud of myself.

General Sherman: THE largest tree of the world

It’s so cool to be in Sequoia National Park. You get to be among the giants of trees. 🙂

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Tunnel Rock

Nobody, the people who knows and knew me, would not imagine me lasting on this job that I do now. I’m not the most serious, not the most responsible, and not even the most outspoken. I am at the tenth year of my work, and happily assigned currently in Greece.

image Whatever you do, never give up. By being prudent, practical or wise, you can give up on one thing but never surrender completely. Exhaust all your options, continue however silly you look and fight to the bitter end. When someone said you can’t, screw that person. 🙂 Erase that. Go see and prove it yourself whether you can or cannot do something. But, I’m begging you, do not have a “never give up” mentality solely because of pride.

THE Largest Tree on Earth - Sequoia National Monument

General Sherman: THE Largest Tree on Earth

I know it’s not a diploma. It’s not a promotion. It’s not an ideal woman I get to be with. 😀 Traveling is a big part of my accomplishments. I feel the high. I feel lucky. I feel successful when I travel.

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And when you’re really really in dire situation and heavy things are weighing on you, forget about pride. Please, when you have a problem, seek other people. Don’t bury yourself by solving your problem just by your own because of your pride. I just want to throw it out there. Because a lot of people do dig themselves deeper all because of pride. We all have problems. We all make mistakes. People need people.

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Kings Canyon is in conjunction to Sequoia National Park. I spent exploring most of the day in the latter. Most areas in Kings Canyon are inaccessible during winter.

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High Sierra Mountains as seen from Kings Canyon Overlook

I have a strong desire for traveling. This one and the one 2-weeks travel around that I did 2 years ago, I Nike just do it. I made zero reservation. No concrete plans. I was budget traveling. You gotta take risks sometimes. Sometimes. And inconvenience is nothing on me. Been there, done that.

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

One last thing. If you think you have a problem, think that things can be worse. Tomorrow is a brighter day. If that next day tops yesterday, the next day is even brighter. Why? Because you are still there! You have hope. You got time to refocus, adjust, or change. Some times, laugh at your problems. Maybe that’s a solution. You can always look back at the things you’ve done and accomplished. Look around you and see what you have. Then think what others don’t have.

Never completely give up.

This post is part of Special Reports. For more of Special Reports, click (here).

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47 replies »

  1. So those are 3D captures?
    Well thank you, I have never been to Yosemite nor Sequoia NP in winter, the snow gave it a different perspective. I love those giants, they really make you feel small.
    This is actually an interesting posts about dealing with problems. Its how you deal with these challenges that makes us a better person and full of wisdom.

    • 😀 3D because it’s like multi-layered post. 3 – 4 things going all at once.
      I am making it my life mission to see Kings Canyon in Springs, and maybe even do some camping there.

  2. Great Post Rommel with great advice and wisdom. I wrote a blog yesterday, very similar! You are very talented and your pictures are just amazing. Those trees just leave me in awe of nature and it’s beauty. 🙂

  3. These sequoias are really amazing!! I wanted to drive down to see these trees last summer from Vancouver, but we ran out of time on our road trip unfortunately. Lol, I’ve never lasted at a job longer than 3 years…not for lack of talent, but for lack of ambition and motivation. All I’ve ever wanted is to be free, and to travel, so finally after many years of feeling apathetic and depressed, I just decided enough was enough. Decided to stop working in a J.O.B. and instead created a life where I don’t have to. As you can imagine, I’m very happy now. 😀

    • Noone can fault for that. 😉 It’s a good thing that I get a lot of flexibilities in my job. I became the work horse, the swinging hammer, a scheduler, facility manager, to being an instructor, to a workplace supervisor, etc. I’m lucky that my job is great for someone who has very low attention span. 😀

    • I wonder about this. Some of the video I was able to watch in the US, I don’t get to see it here now in Greece. And when I was in Italy, there were some videos I got access to. But when I got back to US, I couldn’t find it anymore. Hmmm?

  4. Loved seeing these two parks in the winter. And your words really resonated with me. I think the next time we meet, we will have lots to talk about. Take care my friend.

    • I had a big problem once that I had to solve in a timely manner. I just laughed at it. I looked at it as a challenge, not a struggle. Maybe people need to see their problems that way some times.

  5. Rommel – first of all – I enjoyed seeing General Sherman – 🙂 and the way you showed the picture of 3 redwoods and the ply about how people need people – well done! also you raise a serious point about pride – how it can keep people maybe pushing on when they need to walk away – or when it can stop them from seeking help, etc. It reminded me of what James Hurst wrote once that “‘Pride is a wonderful terrible thing a seed that bears two vines life and death.’

  6. Love the photos and the thoughts you shared about your love for traveling and how you feel about it. The pride part I think is somewhat influenced by our culture (Filipinos)! Hahahaha! That’s one of the things I hate about myself sometimes but I’m learning as I go through life. 🙂

    However, this part here – “Whatever you do, never give up. By being prudent, practical or wise, you can give up on one thing but never surrender completely. Exhaust all your options, continue however silly you look and fight to the bitter end. When someone said you can’t, screw that person. 🙂 Erase that. Go see and prove it yourself whether you can or cannot do something. But, I’m begging you, do not have a “never give up” mentality solely because of pride.”….. is so INSPIRING and I couldn’t agree more! Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do. It’s your life. You’re the driver and by all means travel as far as you can where it brings joy to your heart. After all, that’s what really matters in life. 🙂

    P.S.
    I think the last part I said is going to be my #78 on my 365 project! See, I told you this post is inspiring! Hahahaha! 😀

  7. This post is just brilliant in so many ways: first is simply Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks…wow. Two places I need to put on my list. But the best is just your perfect and beautiful honesty with the photos and with your writing ~ you are an inspiration. I feel the same, just see a place where I want to make my path and I make it ~ and for that I am happy.

    Happy trails my friend and safe travels!

  8. Hi Rommel, I spent a few lovely minutes camping in your blog. I love the way you organized it. It’s fun, just like you. The Sequoias are minutes from where I live, if you ever need a place to stay when you visit again. It is a lovely place, and many people who live right here in its shadows never have been there. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the holidays. 🙂

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