Sequoia Village Inn
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... really can't help but sense something bigger than yourself.
We drove through the park for a while and hiked around a meadow that had several really big sequoias surrounding it, then went on to see the General Sherman (the world's largest tree). The ranger said there were a few steps on that trail, but it that it was an easy hike and we'd be able to make it down with our stroller. Apparently "a few steps" means something ...
... taking water to the hydra station. We got to the gate of the Park entrance and it was locked. Another person was there but he had gotten a permit and was able to get in but we had to turn around. It seems this section does not open until Wednesday so we decided to go back and wander thru the Sequoia's. That meant another trip to 6700 feet on the winding roads. Walked around the Crescent Meadow and Giant Forest, saw a deer and had a snack and headed back down the road we just ...
... but they are much larger than those we started seeing. As we climb up, the trees become bigger and redder and more spectacular. We start to smell pine trees as we climb, it starts off subtle and before you know it, its all you can smell and it smells like Christmas! Paul is fascinated by the massive granite rocks that jut out across the landscape. They are bold and beautiful, sitting out on their own, but for Gretchen, it's the trees, rising up ...
... in the proper perspective, if the trunk of the General Grant tree was a gas tank on a car that got 25 mpg, you could drive around the earth 350 times without refueling. Or, someone else determined that the tree's trunk would hold 159,000 basketballs! Who figures out these things!!!!
I can't think of a nicer place to spend a day!
... up up to the entrance of Sequoia. Now before entering the park, the terrain was rather desert mountainous so I really wasn't expecting much, maybe a forest or two of these huge redwoods.
They say expectations are disappointments under construction; I was anything but disappointed. I entered through the bottom of the main highway (Generals Highway) that runs through the park, so it's at a much lower elevation (hence the desert look.) But once you enter, the ...
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