At Tuolumne — Celebrating Getting Born

mountains and lake inyo national forest. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

We spent one of our days at nearby Inyo National Forest. Photos by Barbara Falconer Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, with a little help from her friends

Barbara Falconer Newhall makes a snowball at Into. Photo by Al Aistrope.

Birthday hike in the snow at 10,000 feet. Last year's heavy snowfall still hadn't melted. Photo by Al Aistrope.

On my last birthday, in September, I had three wonderful days at Tuolumne Meadows and Inyo National Forest in the Sierra Nevada with two wonderful friends.

It was probably my best birthday ever — though there’s maybe some forgotten birthday back in my school days when I dressed up in a tafetta dress, put on my Sunday-best patent leather shoes, played pin the tail on the donkey and accepted wonderful gifts from my little girlfriends, also dressed up  in tafetta and patent leather.

We were pretty, surely. But Tuolumne Tuolumne is spectacular. Even my friend Al, who spends lotsa time in the Himalayas, swears that Yosemite and its high country is the most beautiful spot in the world.

Lupine -- it was spring in September

I had my camera and took hundreds of pictures. I mean it, hundreds.

At every turn in the trail something new and unforgettable cried out to be noticed and recorded. Big things like rocks and mountains. Small things like the pinecones and duff under my grateful feet.

All that beauty, just sitting there, outdoing itself, whether anybody happened by that day or not — what to do about it?

If you’re my two friends, you quietly take it in. If you’re me, you snap yet another picture. And another. And another.

And you post another collection of them on your blog. And another.

 I even took pictures of the forest debris littering the trail.





  1. Judy Mitchelson says:

    Your entry on Tuolomme Meadows brought back memories of on of the most beautiful places I have hikes. Thank you for sharing. Judy

  2. Two photos are just a teaser. Did you do an album to share?

  3. Jean MacGillis says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! Isn’t this a wonderful country with so much beauty. Someone told me it’s God’s way of telling us he loves us so much. What a wonderful birthday. You look great, by the way!

    • That’s my cousin, Jeanie, who knows that there’s actually one spot in the world more beautiful than Tuolemne/Yosemite — and that’s the beaches of Lake Michigan where we had some much fun as kids.

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