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... a curve and BANG! Its there. The perfect storm. The perfect combination of light and dark, shadow and contrast, color and depth. And wouldn't you know it..... There is a pull off! You can pull safely to the side of the road and capture all the wonder in the lens of your camera. Can you imagine being on the work crews that built these cliff hanging roads? Was there an Ansel Adams type of fellow on staff that decided where the work crews ...
... to fuel us and the company was great.
By 7:30 AM we were on the road again to Kings Canyon National Park, about a ninety minute ride and our guide, Frank, had commentary and stories to tell mile by mile. Fascinating!
A stop at the Visitors Center----a potty break and the ever-present gift shop. We saw a short film about the two national parks we would visit. With little time to shop, we grabbed ...
... truly massive. We cooked up the best chicken fajitas either of us had ever
had in the parking lot. We used fresh avocado and oranges we had got in cali.
We then were rested up enough to do a short hike through the grove. We only had
time to make it to the giant grizzly sequoia and the California sequoia which
had had a hole cut out of it so people could drive a car through it in the
early 1900s. amazingly it had already
grew back over the hole quite a bit ...
... and appeared to be invincible, with armor for bark and girth for strength. And the placards told us that these giant redwoods were nearly indestructible, resistant to fire and infestation.
We visited the famous General Sherman tree, tucked in the woods, and protected by a fence. The sign said no pets, but we pretended not to see it, and we took Beamer along for the hike up the well-paved walkway to this treasured site. We were discovered by a park ...
... The solution to Pylloxera was to graft European vines onto American vines root stock (this is what all the vineyards in Europe and the New World do nowadays). George the second generation owner of the ranch was also a successful scientist he designed cyclotton's (a type of particle accelerator used in nuclear science in hospitals and he spent many years working in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary so was familiar with our delicate accents - it's a small world indeed. Anyway he ...
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