Sierra Nevada, CA – Sequoia National Park: 6/3 – 6/6/19

On the morning of June 4, we drove up to where Scott had parked our trailer in Sequoia National Forest.  Most of the snow that Scott had enjoyed was gone by the time of my arrival.  

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DA1AC997-F461-4C33-BF89-D0E21C07B447Scott took me for a walk around the area.  Not far from our camp was a beautiful stream.

6F6757EB-0421-4A5C-AC94-16A37DA8B0BDAfter dinner, we took a walk in the opposite direction to watch the sun set.  Simply beautiful.  

71457313-91B6-4E17-B585-8E4076E680FAF9B042B4-DA1C-4227-A303-70E79E7B19F8The next day we drove into the park.  What a difference a week can make in June.  

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June 4, 2019

Scott wanted to take me to see Tokopah Falls.  It was a short, mostly flat 3.4 miles round-trip hike on Tokopah Valley Trail.

A2B14C44-7EB2-45E8-9EA3-9E26B378B935At the entrance, we saw the following warning sign.  Yikes!

07AA1482-328E-4231-9853-F95E57B1628EIt was a delightful day with warm temperatures and a cool breeze from the water, much unlike the day that Scott hiked here alone.

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446FB1CE-67AF-4FA4-A501-943556DF85F2We sat down on a rock for a little while to smell the fresh, clean air and feel a gentle spritzing from the falls.

9E1D6695-87FB-493D-A3C7-CDB2CC91B797I could easily sit all day and listen to the rushing sound of the water.  So, I will share it with you.

Scott has the eye for just where to stand to capture the beauty unfolded in front of us.

568E61A2-94AE-4B5A-A992-FEA949A97819.jpeg Afterwards, we drove to the Sherman Tree Trail, a short hike down to the location of the world’s largest tree (in terms of mass not height).    3A7038E5-56FF-456A-9C8A-FA3D110CF54D.jpegThe General Sherman Tree is massive.  I just looked up in awe of it’s magnificence.

90FBBD4B-6D63-4385-8E86-F694B5453758Here is an panoramic view.

59774D60-9544-4E7A-8DF7-A1351D749DA4As you can see, the tree is fenced off to protect it from human hands.   

As we continued down the path, there were other trees in the park that were more accessible. 

C4902286-72E1-40DE-8AF3-5A40886C416A.jpegHere is a panoramic view.

6211D4EC-6F72-4F7C-ADD1-27115E0B8DBAThen he told me to hug the tree. Of course, I could only grab a small part of it! 0EBA48F5-7E2F-4A97-8D31-2D792625323BAll I wanted was to be one in the same with them.

F6457484-4D16-4E8B-86E4-DE127955AD1FOn Thursday, we headed to Muir Grove Trail, a four-mile round trip hike.  The trail head was located in Dorset Campsite, which was closed due to the cutting down of trees that were in danger of falling.  From our parked truck, we had to walk about two miles down the road and then wait until we were given the okay by park personnel to proceed.  

5BF2BD88-E1B5-4A83-856B-C82763CA151EBelow is a tree that was being prepped to fall.  

1796B2FC-AFB5-4025-B95D-6A2623861FC4We passed the workers and continued towards the trail head.  

C6D0309B-174D-43EC-9D7B-48C9B9F0C3C3We wandered through the pine tree forest for two miles enjoying the almost-silent hum of a small stream and the occasional remnants of snow.  All of a sudden, the sequoia’s made their presence know.  Can you see Scott?

8CAB7A44-6E2C-477B-B2AB-92A330BDC80F Giant Sequoia Trees live in the Sierra Nevada between 5,000 – 7,000 feet.  They are the largest living trees, having more wood than redwoods due to width and height.  They often get mistaken for redwoods (they are the same family and are more like a “cousin” to them).  They may NOT be used for lumber and are a protected resource.  What I found to be so unusual is that for such an enormous tree, they have a cone the size of a chicken’s egg.

513D67D1-71BB-4A1B-9E92-D27841B81BBFScott said, “It would be a magical experience to spend the night in that grove.”  We stood there feeling small amidst the enormity of the sequoias.

C8B04F76-AE0C-4B2B-8C62-C981FAD1949FHere is the view looking up.

6796C609-A84F-4739-8914-1B4D9C83F18A  By the time we got back to the trailer, the clouds had become grey, and we enjoyed a short-lived hail storm.  It was a spectacular day!  Tomorrow morning we will head north to Kings Canyon National Park.

 

 

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