An early start to that last hike

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Tokopah Falls
On Thursday I got up to do the last little hike I was going to fit in my week here at the park. Right next to our campsite is a river and on the other side of that is a trail up into the canyon that the river comes out of. This trail to Tokopah Falls is an easy 1.7 mile walk each way "along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River to the impressive granite cliffs and waterfall of Tokopah Canyon. Tokopah Falls is 1200 ft. high, and is most impressive in early summer, when the run-off from the melting snowpack in the Pear Lake region upstream is at its peak."

We went slowly enjoying the view. I really liked the granite cliffs on either side and the early morning light made me wish I was a painter or something as the camera wasnt doing it justice! At one point we found some really neat lizards basking in the sun.
An Emerald Swift lizard
I used my zoom to get a good shot of one of them before it ran off. My friend back home saw the picture and identified it as an Emerald Swift which aparently has an even neater looking underside. Next time I'll have to catch the little guy!

The falls themselves were really impressive. I really wanted to hike to the top but it looked like you would need rock climbing gear before too long. I know there are other trails that go around on the upside of the canyon but I guess that will have to wait till another time.

Once we got back I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading. I was finally able to capture a picture of a Bluejay that visited us frequently but never stayed long enough for a picture. One of the neatest things though happened mid afternoon when we were all siting and reading real still and quiet like.
The elusive Bluejay.
I look out the corner of my eye and I see an honest to god full sized chipmunk that has come all the way up to my chair. I could have leaned out and pet him! Of course as soon as I fully turned my head he darted off but man I couldn't believe how close he was!

We got up early Friday morning and packed up. We had one stake for the pop up shade that accidentally got hammered into a tree root. After we broke the hammer trying to get it out we called the ranger. Luckily it only wasted an hour but that still put is right in the middle of L.A. traffic at 4:30pm I didnt get home until practially 7pm but I had a lot of fun!
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Tokopah Falls
Tokopah Falls
An Emerald Swift lizard
An Emerald Swift lizard
The elusive Bluejay.
The elusive Bluejay.
The view of our campsite from acro…
The view of our campsite from acr…
Me on the hike.
Me on the hike.
Panorama of the Tokopah Canyon and…
Panorama of the Tokopah Canyon an…
Tokopah Falls
Tokopah Falls
Tokopah Falls
Tokopah Falls
Me at Tokopah Falls
Me at Tokopah Falls
Sequoia National Park
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