When Laura and I visit a national park, monument or preserve - or anywhere we're going to hike - we like to pack as much as we can into our (usually) limited time. To that end, we nearly always plan our outings to favor the longer trails, the less frequented destinations, and any interesting off-the-beaten-path spots we've read about in advance. This tends to result in us having bypassed visitor centers, nature and interpretive paths, and shorter trails. We often refer to these as "the little things," as in, "Someday we're going to have to come back here and do all the little things that we've missed." This isn't a problem we've felt a pressing need to correct, especially since the kind of attractions we skip are often quite crowded. But of course there's usually a good reason these spots have grown popular, so they remain on our list, if so far down that they rarely get checked.
Well, as luck would have it, we recently got a chance to cross off some of that backlog during a visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. All thanks to a different class of little things.