view from Sequoia National Park
On our way up to the Giant Forest. A rare sighting of the hubs taking a photo. (The sighting part, not the taking a photo part.)

So, the hubs and I had occasion to travel to California last week on family business. When the business wrapped up, we had a chance to make a run up to Sequoia National Park. I had a cold and almost didn’t go, but I’m SO glad I did.

I’ve always had a fascination with trees. I used to love to climb them when I was young. I totally fell for the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. And I still love to look at interesting tree houses. (Hmmm, maybe I should write a story about someone who lives in a tree house? Just get it out of my system?) As a little girl, I used to inch up as high as I could go, then sway with the tree. It was magical.

photo of Sequoia
Holy cow!

I think my mom can be glad there were no sequoia trees in our yard. Or in our neighborhood. As I stood looking up at the giant trees, I tried to imagine what it must have been like to be the first human to see them. I was struck speechless and I knew about them. How magical and mysterious they must have seemed to early explorers.

photo of General Sherman sequoia
General Sherman – largest tree in the world!

Were these the trees that inspired the Ents in Lord of the Rings?  Because I sure felt like a hobbit next to them. Holy cow.
There are sites…wonders?…that seem to fill my creative well is special ways. I feel small next to—but connected to—the whole universe. Have you ever felt that exquisite moment of awe in the face of something amazing? What other wonders do I need to see out there?

All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket, which is very wonderful in a small, but comfy way. Winner will be announced the first blog post of the new month.

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And guess what? This is the first blog post of the new month! So I get to pick a winner! (Drum roll please!) And the January winner is:


Congratulations! Many thanks to everyone who stops by, whether you comment or not. It gives me hope that I’m not that tree falling in the forest that no one hears (though I have a feeling that a falling Sequoia does not go quietly!).

Perilously yours,

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“Action is the name of the game as a feisty and hard-hitting heroine rises to the challenge in this rousing space adventure. Not only is this a fast-paced tale, the rampaging deception and cultural clashes ensure this hero and heroine will need all their survival skills.” 4 stars from Romantic Times

the Key cover art
New cover for THE KEY!

I’m excited to post the new cover art for The Key! I’m going to start uploading it to more online booksellers this week. For now, buy it on Amazon in digital or audio (new print edition also coming soon!).

Sequoia Awestruck
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2 thoughts on “Sequoia Awestruck

  • February 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Pauline, and thank you SO much for the goodies. I’m so tickled to win something. Such a nice surprise!

    I like your idea of the treehouse story because I was obsessed with Swiss Family Robinson, too. I did have a tree house very high up in one of our trees. I’d climb up there and read for hours because my siblings were too little to get up there and I finally had peace and quiet.

    Truthfully, if you’re going to write a story about a treehouse, maybe you should build one to sit in while you write? Wouldn’t that be cool?

    Great cover for THE KEY — love the font 🙂

    • February 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thank you so much, Dorine! I am so glad you won, because you give out goodies ALL the time! I do think you’re right. I NEED a tree house. Grin. I am glad you like the new cover for THE KEY. I’m working on making the branding more consistent for the series. And glad you liked my photos. I’m going to have to nudge the hubs to get his up. I used my iPhone, but he has a Canon. 🙂

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