Monday, June 4th
Woke up to lovely sun, perfect temp. and a desire to get to Sequoia. Walked down to the river, did my tai chi and got ready to pull out.
Drove into Sequoia about 9, again, Free. Yeah! I'm so glad to be a senior on the move! And Rhoda just made the cut - 22' max.
We immediately felt a difference in the temp. and we immediately started say "ah- look at that, ah - look over there". We immediately started pulling over at almost every chance we got to snap pictures that of course don't do the scenery justice. We immediately declared this a GORGEOUS park - one that everyone needs to see in their lifetime - if they like beautiful views.
|Sue standing under Tunnel Rock|
There was everything from a rapidly running river over and around large rocks to heavily foliated little mountains (many peaks - all right there in your face).
|Yucca growing out of rock|
Some of the most gorgeous scenery was of course thru the construction area but I didn't push my luck and try to stop again in the middle of the construction to take more pictures.
After this ordeal we came to the Giant Sequoia Grove. OMG!! again. We learned that they aren't as tall as the CA Redwoods but are bigger in volume. What a marvel they are to behold! Of course stopped and hugged a few - or hugged a ridge of their bark. Their color is beautiful - a rich chestnut brown and so straight.
We went to get a first-come-first-serve camp sight with no electric, no water but right by the river and under the pines. So it was good. I'm using my propane for the first time to keep the refrigerator cold - it took a bit to get it switched over but it did finally. Yeah!
|Our campsite (at Lodgepole) with running river, baby sequoia|
|Rhoda in the pines|
We took a shuttle to the largest tree in the world! What a foot print! General Sherman is his name. He's 109' around at the base. His top is dead but he's still growing at the base. I think the base of these trunks look like a dinosaur elephant foot with indented toes.
From the shuttle stop we had to walk 1/2 mile down hill with some steps and were dreading the climb back up but lo and behold - there was a shuttle bus at the bottom that we just saw by coincidence. For the second time today, we were so grateful!
|Chartreuse moss growing on the trees|
By this time the temperature had really dropped and the skies were quite over cast but we were still having a great adventure and I guess I really was grateful for the 3 nice men who brought Sally back to me:)
mileage: 26 camp: $20 Bread at camp store: $4.50
of interest: no black bear encounter yet but warnings everywhere
surprising: the elevation in these parks is the highest in the lower 48 states