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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

95389, Yosemite National Park

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View from Lower Cathedral Lake, near Tuolumne Meadows

View from Lower Cathedral Lake, near Tuolumne Meadows

Dear ——–,

While Los Angeles in July is choking on its own dust, Tuolumne Meadows seems still to be basking in spring. Under clear, smog-free blue skies, we hiked up the John Muir Trail to one of the Cathedral Lakes. After passing stands of lodgepole pine,we emerged into this breathtaking field of lavender lupine, meandering streams and randomly strewn boulders left by a glacier long since melted away. It sounds corny, but I actually wondered if this is what heaven looks like. I don’t know if it was the altitude or the exhaustion, but I was so startled by the beauty, I teared up. We had trail mix and beef jerky by the cold, clear lake, watching a marmot watch us a few feet away. Of course, we were not the only ones having lunch. Mosquitoes blithely ignored the clip-on Off! doodad I was using to ward off bugs and gave me five amazingly itchy welts.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

One thought on “95389, Yosemite National Park

  1. It seems that the author really enjoys to eat!

    Sorry you missed that last night you wanted.

    Love from VA

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