One of the advantages of being self-employed is that you can take advantage of the freedom of your schedule and do things when you feel like it. Steve and I like to travel in the spring and fall when places are less crowded. Consequently, we got the opportunity to be the ONLY visitors at a National Park one day. It was Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California, and it was April. Here is what the walk up to the Visitor’s Center looked like:
We hadn’t really come equipped to hike in so much snow, so we settled for watching the video describing the volcanic terrain from inside the cozy Visitor’s Center. One park ranger is all we saw there that day. (I should note that this was in 2011, before the severe droughts of more recent years.)
Here’s a local off-season shot:
Milwaukee on the first warm day in March.
I hesitate to label anything off-season, though. All seasons of the year are open for exploration. Nature is doing its thing whether crowds show up or not, and I love to see natural areas at any time and at different times. It’s always beautiful, always worth it. Here is my final shot of Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas in October:
What is Grand? My first thought was of grand opera, but I’ve got to agree with the WordPress folks. There’s nothing that beats Mother Nature for being truly big and dramatic. I love this planet! I’m betting that there are going to be a lot of stunning photos posted. As my second post of the morning, this one will be brief. We’re gearing up for some wintry snowfall here in Wisconsin, but I gotta tell ya, it’s not going to be nearly as grand as what they get in California. Here’s a shot I took in the month of April at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Gives new meaning to the line from the carol “Snow had fallen, snow on snow….in the bleak midwinter long ago.”