Long and a hot day at Sequoia National Park

Trip Start Jul 21, 2006
Trip End Jul 31, 2006

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Today was a very exciting day as we witnessed not one, but two, U.S.treasures: Sequoia National Park and King's Canyon National Park. The beauty, as expected, was astounding. Among other things, we saw the oldest living thing - General Sherman, a tree estimated to be 2300-2700 years old. It is over 200 feet tall and over 30 feet in diameter at the base. Unbelievable! We also met some Amish people, which seemed peculiar because they don't drive. But they are smart--they find drivers.

The ride down King's Canyon was equally breathtaking--as we wound our way down Luka exclaimed the we were going in circles. We dipped our feet in the icy cold rivers (a welcome activity, as temperatures soared to 129 F at one thermostat reading) and saw the gimongous Grizzly Falls.

For the wildlife checklist, we saw one chipmunk and one mule deer (and one dead squirrel in the road), lots of lady bugs, dragon flies and butterflies. Oh, and Emilia also swears she saw a brown bear in the woods.

It's "nighty-night" in Oakhurst and on to Yosemite in the morning. Whooo, vacationing is exhausting!

Signing off
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