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Photographs cannot convey the immensity of the giant sequoias; one must walk among them to experience how small we are in comparison to the earth's largest trees. Five million years ago they grew all the way to the Rockies, but now they flourish only in groves on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. We visited three of these: the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, the Grant Grove in Kings ...
A pleasant drive into Kings Canyon and Sequoia NP the temperature dropped by about 10 degrees as we headed in which was nice. On the way to the camp ground we visited the Grant tree and did a nice walk through the forest. The Sequoias are huge trees with trunks that stay thick all the way up hundreds of feet and those like the Grant are over 2000 years old. Hard to describe what they are ...
... to being a natural habitat for the trees, everything was demolished including the hotel and cabins and more regulated camping sites were organised well away from the giant sequoias. They realised that camping around the base of these huge trees was killing them because even though the trees are so big they have a very shallow root system. Instead of the roots growing downwards they grow outwards.
Sequoia wood is very ...
... this rock the way you would have had to to install the stairs has got to be nuts!) I had to pep talk myself a couple times on the way up because it's so gnarly; not difficult, just steep & well, on the edge of a cliff. The top was totally worth it, a panoramic view of the Sierra Nevadas, part of the Great Western Divide. I met a gentleman there named Mike & told him a bit about my travels. When I got to the bottom, I found his wife, Sally & we got to talking as well. ...
... landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees are all here. I found the rock formations and array of different colors in Kings Canyon more striking and interesting than the huge grey granite walls of Yosemite.
We spent the first night at the bottom of Kings Canyon in the Cedar Grove Sentennial campground ...
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