Spectacular Sequoias

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
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Trip End Jul 25, 2010


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We all got up early and left Yosemite to head south and a little east to Sequoia National Park yesterday morning.  Sequoia is within a half-day's drive from Yosemite in a car, but as usual, it always seems to take longer with the RVs.  By the time we arrived at the campground and set up and took care of a few RV issues, it was about 4:00.  We headed to the park for a brief tour of the big trees.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are adjacent to each other and cover much of the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, including Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.  The parks are separate, but are managed together.  They have a beautiful canyon area, rugged mountains, more VERY steep and winding roads, and... incredible trees.

In my earlier post about the redwoods, I mentioned that they seemed like the Ents in the Lord of the Rings.  The sequoias are even more like that.  They are ancient and, although they are generally shorter, they can live longer and can be larger in diameter than the redwoods.  Sequoias can live up to an estimated 3200 years!  Their bark can be up to about 3 feet thick and their composition is such that insects and disease can't penetrate them.  Wow!  The weird thing is that, as big as they are, they can topple over because they have no tap root, only a shallow root system.  Their cones only release their seeds by fire.

We visited the General Sherman tree which is the largest living tree in the WORLD!  (by volume) It is about 2300-2700 years old.  And it is still growing.  Every year, it produces enough wood to make a normal-sized tree.  It was a strange feeling to be looking at something that was a sapling when Jesus walked the earth on the other side of the world.

No time to explore the canyon, unfortunately.  We ate in the tiny town of Three Rivers at the Pizza Factory for dinner.  Not fine dining, but it hit the spot after a long day of travelling and sight-seeing.

Grace and Peace,
Patty
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