I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been to very many places in this world. Though my ambitions are high, my budget is low. Still, when I get a chance to wander out and explore, I make sure to embrace every moment I am given. Some places in this world, though simple on paper, have the ability to change your every desire and ambition. And my experience one week ago at Hume Lake, California falls right into that narrow category.
What makes Hume Lake so special isn't the scenery. The Sequoia National Park and Forest is full of wonderful scenes of nature in all its glory. Between giant trees and trickling streams set against the bluest sky you've ever seen, the natural beauty of it all is enough to bring you to tears. But Hume Lake has something more. While the nature is stunning and pristine, much of this place is perplexingly unnatural. The shallow lake itself is man-made, created as a logging pond for one of the many short-lived logging operations in this area. A dam holds up one end of the lake, dotted with remnants of an industrial past. The other end of the lake features a stunning complex of buildings that seem to blend in perfectly with the surrounding colors of brown and green. If anything, this dichotomy between the natural world and the man's own ambitions is what sets this place apart as a wonder to behold, and a haven for self-awakening.
One of the main attractions of this place is the large Christian camp complex, illuminated at night in the photograph above. From the stories I've heard, it's a place where great change happens in the lives of thousands of individuals every year, and is something that I'd very much like to experience one day. Additionally, a state-owned campground flanks one side of the lake, and the water itself offers plenty of recreation opportunities. Tenmile Creek, which flows into and out of Hume Lake, also offers plenty of chances for adventure along its increasingly enthralling banks. And the surrounding roads and trails make one's travel options limitless.
My only regret is the fact that I only had a couple of days to explore and capture this great area. With any luck, I'll be back up there sometime soon to attempt to capture this place in photographs once more. Until then, I can only try to bring a sliver of this peace and serenity back to my own environment.