This beautiful pool is near the Mineral King area of the Sequoia National Forest. You can see the shadow of the simple log bridge across that the California Conservation Corps built way back when. The pebbles on the left gradually slant down to the deeper water in the middle. A waterfall is roaring just out of camera to the left, but the flow here is gentle. From this vantage point, I could have climbed down and taken a skinny dip. I wanted so much to do just that, but I was alone there, on a Monday, a mile walk out. I didn’t want to take the chance of getting hurt. When I’m hot and sweaty, I love to look at this picture, and imagine slipping into the ice-cold turquoise water.