During a random weekend in 3rd term, my boyfriend and I visited Sequoia National Park. It’s a 4 hour drive north, but it’s totally worth it. It was beautiful!
I rented gear from the Caltech Y for camping. It was only $9 for the weekend (Fri-Mon rental); the Caltech Y is super convenient for renting gear if you don’t have your own :)
This is our campsite!
We went on several different hikes around the area. There were huge waterfalls, green meadows, towering mountains, and roaring rivers. In certain areas, it was really foggy, and it seemed to be consistently foggy in those areas.
On one of our hikes, I saw a cute marmot! It was trying to take my food though, so I had to scare it away.
There are also beautiful lakes in Sequoia, in addition to the towering trees. In the lowlands, there are also lots of wildflowers – on a 1 hour hike, we probably saw 100+ different plants!
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.