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My in-laws loved to travel, usually in California. This was the Sequoia National Park stop for the Tracy family's summer vacation of 1953. My father-in-law would have set the camera on a rock or a log, set the timer, and hustled to get into the picture. To this day my wife and I (she's the littlest one in the picture) still love to sit next to streams and watch them flow by. Photo by M. Tracy. View full size.