I caught a tweet early last week with an announcement that all national parks were waiving their entrance fees until April 24th. A day trip to Yosemite instantly came to mind but rain was in the forecast for the weekend. Driving there would be complicated especially if it snowed. We may need to rent tire chains for the car and any delays will force us to stay overnight. Securing last minute accommodations were highly unlikely during Easter. “How about the Pinnacles?” T suggested. Our friend J took his family to the park and recommended it. Logistically, it made sense. The drive was two hours south in the Salinas Valley and the weather seemed favorable in that area.
The Pinnacles National Monument did not disappoint. We were treated with a variety of visual textures from the red rock formations on the mountains to the graphically twisted tree branches against the lush greenery. Colorful wildflowers grew along the trails and when we stopped to rest, we heard bees buzzing around us. Along the way, we saw bird watchers, rock climbers, families picnicking and people resting near the reservoir.
I will share more photographs in next few posts.