BRINGING BACK THE GRIZ
There's discussion about bringing the grizzly bear back to California. The symbol of the state and star of the California flag has been thought to be extinct here since it was last seen in 1924 in the area pictured here, Kings Canyon.
Kings Canyon is a rugged area of granite peaks, canyons, river gorge, pine and giant sequoia.
It is a great park, often overlooked by those visiting the giant trees of Sequoia or the heart throbbing beauty of Yosemite. According to the San Francisco Chronicle it is here where the Center for Biological Diversity seeks to return grizzlies to their former stomping ground. Peter Fimrite writes the Center has petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to populate Kings Canyon with the iconic beast.
Civilization has barely made a dent in Kings Canyon but opponents of the idea say it would be like bringing back the T-Rex. Grizzly bears now roam in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Idaho.
Here on the Central Coast we have black bears, though some of them are brown. And some are something else-
Bears, chairs and other shapes often emerge where an old tree has fallen.
SEEING A LOT
In rooting through a file for the shots from Kings Canyon I found these.
In March of 2011 we met a Frenchman who belonged to this well traveled Defender. A fascinating gent, he had been on the road for years, circumnavigating the planet. He literally traveled with everything he needed.
You can seen on the map he's covered a lot of this globe.
This was his route in 2005 and 2006. By 2011 he was working his way up and through the American west. Ponder this, as you plan your next road trip.
See you down the trail.