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Today was a bit slower paced. We drove up to the Kings Canyon Visitor Center which was about 45 minutes away. There we decided to see General Grant, "The Nation's Christmas Tree". This is the world's second largest tree, at 268 feet tall and 107.5 feet in circumference. Nearby was the Fallen Monarch, a hollowed out fallen sequoia. From there we headed towards Kings Canyon, which was quite a winding drive. For a large part ...
... regiment of the US Cavalry started protecting the General Sherman tree and surrounding park when it was declared a park in 1890. It was still such a novel idea to protect land for scenic and recreational use, much less the extinction of a natural wonder. This park is absolutely stunning. Mount Whitney at 14,494 ft. towers in the background of these ancient forests. The Sugar Pine which is majestic in it size, with pine cones over a foot long, seem puny next ...
... 2,200 years old, which is about 1,000 years younger than the oldest known sequoia.
- Its largest branch is almost 2 meters in diameter.
- The Sherman Tree´s top is dead, so the tree´s no longer gets taller; however, its volume keeps increasing. Every year it grows enough new wood to produce a 60-foot-tall tree of usual size.
- Regarding the tree´s girth – 33 meters around at the ground. Looking up at the General Sherman ...
... if Karen saw any of it. We learned after driving 6,000 feet in the air most of the time on this trip that she is afraid of heights.
They said that as they drove through Bakersfield they saw hundreds of oil and gas wells just strewn everywhere along the highway. We learned that a large portion of our domestic oil comes from that area. Also, the San Joaquin Valley is full of citrus orchards as we saw on our way. They also grow almonds, pistachios, ...
... rain throughout the day and a high in the mid-40s. Not exactly ideal for an 80-degree sun-loving beach girl, but I had everything I needed to be happy other than the weather so I couldn't complain. While Erik made breakfast sandwiches, I went to the nearby market to buy a cup of coffee - technically a splurge as we usually make our own, use free Starbucks/gift card, or go without. After breakfast, it was off to hike Tokopah Falls with our layers on. ...