One of the nicest things about living where we do is that we are relatively close to so many great places.
Yosemite National Park is a good example, as are its sister park, Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. If you are a person who uses national parks, who craves the outdoors and loves to walk around outside and look at beautiful scenery, these parks are magnificent resources. This is especially true if you have out-of-town guests and aren’t quite sure how to keep them entertained.
A good way to see these parks is to hook up with one of the professional guide services and let them drive you around in a bus. While the bus lumbers along with the traffic, you will have two advantages. The first will be that your blood pressure won’t rise and you won’t have pains in your stomach, because you won’t be driving.
The second is that while you ride along, a knowledgeable person will explain what it is you are looking at, give you little history lessons and make sure the driver lets you off occasionally for walkabouts and bathroom breaks.
Driving through these parks can be hellish torture if you use your own car. If you leave the driving to others, however, your experience can be much more pleasurable.
We also are close to the California coast, which this time of year can provide a welcome break for those who are fed up with the heat or want to wade in the ocean. There is something in our genetics that calls us to the seaside, some more than others. Some of us just have to hear the crashing of the waves. Others can do without that.
Mrs. Doud and I used to live in a seaside town that boasted dozens of seaside lodgings. A manager of one of those establishments told me that a guest had called up one night and asked whether the manager could turn down the sound on the waves. The guest said he could not sleep with all that noise. I don’t know whether that actually happened, or whether it’s a seaside legend. The waves and their noise do take some getting used to, that’s for sure.
When we first moved to Madera, the sounds of the trains going through town kept us awake. Now, though, we hardly notice them.