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Later we found ourselves in Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, which claims four of the world's five largest trees. Another guided walk took us to the General Sherman, the world's largest living tree, 275 feet tall, about 103 feet around with its largest branch measuring nearly 7 feet in diameter. Frank told us someone had joked about this 27 story tree among the other giants ...
... where we had a very interesting tour of the mission and grounds by John, a park ranger quite knowledgeable and experienced in talking to all ages. The mission is one of 21 famous Spanish missions built over 200 years ago and connected by El Camino Real, the King's Highway. I remembered teaching a bit of this history in the fifth grade unit on exploration. The name of Junipero Serra came back to me ...
... place to stay with friendly staff and clean rooms, plus a fridge and microwave. Monterey is a gorgeous seaside community with beautiful houses and sanctuary to the Monarch Butterfly! The butterflies hang in clusters from eucalyptus branches to maintain body temperature, and the resulting effect is stunning. Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year.
From Monterey, we headed east ...
... of the warmer temperatures and heavy load. It is surprising how much extra gear you have to take to complete a trip like this. Because I was at 17,000 feet I was on oxygen the entire flight. Oxygen is required above 12,500 feet for more then 30 minutes. It is not all that comfortable breathing through a cannula for hours on end but you get used to it.
The flight was actually quite uneventful. It took me about ...
Our final two weeks of travelling have been spent, largely in California visiting Los Angeles and San Fransisco, with a brief trip to Nevada for a few days in Las Vegas and two days in Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. Yes we have become experts at long car, coach and plane journeys in this whilwind three month trip!
Having just spent the past 12 weeks attempting to speak Spanish we were a little sad to be returning to the English language. Spanish is so much fun ...
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