Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sequoia National Park








Phil and I took a weekend trip to Sequoia National Park. It's pretty near where we live, however, we're in the valley (331 ft.) and the park is up in the mountains. These huge trees grow at the specific elevation of 5000 to 7500 ft. They're incredible! Driving up the roads were so windy I thought I was going to be sick. I was glad when we finally found a nice little camp site. The warm temperature and the surprising lack of mosquitoes was nice. The pictures don't capture the feeling you get when you stand beneath these huge Sequoias, but they're still cool. The tree on the top right had a cave and I was reminded of the torture chamber in Princess Bride. The General Sherman tree is the largest tree in there world. There are taller trees, and fatter trees, but by total trunk volume this one takes the cake. I couldn't get the whole tree in the picture until we walked about a 1/4 a mile away. (Picture on the right, tree to the right of us.)




















                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                       

We also did a hike out on "Morro Rock" that we fell in love with.The hike isn't long, just steep and cut out in the rock. The views of the valley and the mountains were spectacular. All in all in was a fun and worthwhile trip. There are so many great things to see here in California. Maybe Yosemite, the Winchester Mansion, and Magic Mountain next? 

4 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! That last photo-Wow! What a view.

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  2. Yep this was my hang out spot back in the days of Visalia. Haha I'm glad you got to experience it!

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  3. That is so fun that you went there. Chad and I really wanted to go visit and camp there when we were living there last year but we never got the chance. Yosemite is pretty and there is plenty of hiking to do. Just don't go during a holiday weekend.

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  4. P.s If you go up to San Jose to see the Winchester Mansion email me and I can give you some great place to go see in Monterey and San Francisco.

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