Big Trees!!! Sequoia Nationa Park

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
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Trip End Aug 15, 2010


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Saturday, July 31, 2010

(Darren) Yesterday morning was actually cold! It was the first time on our journey we had worn sweatshirts, and pants.  It was like a sub-arctic climate!  First thing in the morning, we went to go find the General Sherman Tree, (The largest tree in the world by volume).  We found out that the General Sherman Tree's trunk was 37 ft in diameter, and 109 feet in circumference.  After that we took a bus to Morrow Rock.  We heard that it was a pretty steep climb, 400 steps to the top so we gave it a try.  The views were beautiful.  One time I leaned over the railing, mom got pretty scared.  We finally made it to the top.  We took some pictures and hung out about 20 minutes for a ranger talk.  After we went back down the stairs (mom still very scared) we went for a nice walk through the meadow to find Tharp's log.  Along the way we found some huge squirrels, a lot of birds, and bear scat.  After a long half-mile hike we made it to Tharp's log.  The reason of the location was that a sheepherder named Tharp made a home out of a hollow log way back then.  We got to look through his house.  He had a wooden bed, a table, and even had a chimney.  As we walk back through the forest, in the meadow was a baby bear.  It was probably was the size of a very large dog but fatter.  We couldn’t get a good picture of it.  Then the bear laid down behind a tree. We decided to go back to the campground and relax for the rest of the evening.  Dad started to cook chicken on the grill while Tom and I played pass.  Unfortunately we were pitching and some of our wild throws would go into the prickly bushes.  One time I tried to get a ball in the middle of the bush and it lead to a hurtful splinter in the foot (bad choice).  Unfortunately dinner was overdone but we still ate.  Then we played a game called Apples to Apples then we had s’mores.  During the card game before our s’mores, we heard some loud noises so we went to check it out. When we got to where the racket was we saw a little black bear walking in the woods next to deer. We got some pics of it and went back to the RV, and went to sleep.

Weird fact: some birds poop on their legs to stay cool
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Unkle Alan on

Nice job, Darren! I wondered if Mom would build up an immunity to you and Tom by the end of the trip, but I guess if it hasn't happened yet... That's what soothing s'mores are for.

Uncle @ the lake on

Darren,

Birds aren't the only creatures that poop on their legs......I saw some sights in Walmart!! Don't get caught under those winged outhouses....

;-)

Uncle Harry on

I thought Tom was the best writer, but Darren does very well also. Must read their school Maine Studies journals. Mom and dad, hang it up. UH

mandy on

great facts darren!! reminds me a bit of uncle brian cooling off.
keep those eyes open jana!
xoxo

unkgregg
unkgregg on

Well, Darren, I guess you know why your dinner seemed to be over done... BBQ chicken legs had some special dipping sauce?

scott on

stay away from the bear cubs, mama bear might not be happy!!

Janice B on

Jana and Family: Isn't the United States a beautiful country. I've made trips to some of the locations you've been to and I've really enjoyed seeing everything. The Grand Canyon was especially impressive. Glad you're having a good time.

Nancy Shumaker on

Your trip is so interesting--so glad to follow you. Now Boys, next time it is hot, you can do as the birdsdo!

Pauline Dickey on

Great writing Darren! Sequoia is where I had a spider lay eggs in the back of my leg. I had to stop at hospitals all across the country. 30 days after the incident I had to have surgery which required 31 stitches. The trees were cool though.

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