How different can life be?

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1 - Bushes and shrubs are now suddenly changed to big trees and ferns.

Chapter Three

How different can life be?

In a matter of a few turns suddenly life, or whatever we are experiencing changes drastically. Trees! Lots of trees! Huge trees! Probably the biggest trees you will ever see. We have climbed to about six thousand feet altitude. The narrow road winds like a serpent through with occasional large outcroppings of granite. Here near the top we find a side road that leads to a meadow and Moro Rock. This road is even narrower than the main road. In many areas, only one car can make the way between the trees while oncoming traffic must wait. Although the climb up Moro Rock has been helped by steps being cut into the rock and railings to keep people safe it is still something done more easily by young people.

2 - Redwood trees are the largest in the world.
Knowing that many steps are required and there is virtually no parking left we take a picture or two of the beginning steps and drive slowly on by. Through the trees we see the view from Moro Rock and even the rock itself. We then pass a fallen redwood. Maybe you can see the young lady sitting on top to help give you a perspective of the size. Around a couple of more corners we come to a group of trees named the "Parker Group". You can see another young lady doing her best to tip one of them over. Then around another corner and what comes into view but one that has tipped over. Not only that, but since it fell they decided to cut out a place for cars to drive through. A few more corners and we come to yet another where they used to let cars drive onto a flattened side of the fallen log. Now they have closed it to cars, but people are still allowed to walk along it.

We didn't have time on this trip to take the short side road to see one or two of the other great sights of the area, Crescent Meadow and Tharp's Log.

Soon we are back to the Giant Forest Museum, which when I was a youngster used to be a market and gas station. Gas is no longer sold anywhere in the park.

The General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world is close by, but again the parking lot was full and we didn't really have the time to make the stroll, but I will tell you not to miss it on your escape here.

From what we have just seen, even you must now believe, we have indeed escaped reality.

lelly77 says:
Great Blog, thanks for the chuckle :)
Posted on: Aug 11, 2007
portia says:
Thanks for a fun blog to read for us to escape with you...
Posted on: Sep 20, 2006
travelman727 says:
Congratulations on escaping reality! My fiends, er I mean friends, say I did that years ago :-D
Posted on: Sep 08, 2006
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1 - Bushes and shrubs are now sudd…
1 - Bushes and shrubs are now sud…
2 - Redwood trees are the largest …
2 - Redwood trees are the largest…
3 - And the temperature drops by 1…
3 - And the temperature drops by …
4 - Redwoods and Pines together.
4 - Redwoods and Pines together.
5 - And large granite outcroppings.
5 - And large granite outcroppings.
6 - We reach the village and the s…
6 - We reach the village and the …
7 - This little side road is narro…
7 - This little side road is narr…
8 - I heard tale that a Hummer los…
8 - I heard tale that a Hummer lo…
9 - Some areas are certainly not m…
9 - Some areas are certainly not …
10 - At the base of Moro Rock.
10 - At the base of Moro Rock.
11 - Steps, and lots of them to th…
11 - Steps, and lots of them to t…
12 - Some people stagger away, wor…
12 - Some people stagger away, wo…
13 - The view from near Moro Rock.
13 - The view from near Moro Rock.
14 - Makes the drive so worthwhile.
14 - Makes the drive so worthwhile.
15 - The people are just specks on…
15 - The people are just specks o…
16 - A fallen redwood. Can you see…
16 - A fallen redwood. Can you se…
17 - This trunk and root system mu…
17 - This trunk and root system m…
18 - More big redwoods.
18 - More big redwoods.
19 - A stand of very old and large…
19 - A stand of very old and larg…
20 - See the girl trying to tip on…
20 - See the girl trying to tip o…
21 - Here is one that had fallen.
21 - Here is one that had fallen.
22 - So they cut out a portion so …
22 - So they cut out a portion so…
23 - Plenty still left.
23 - Plenty still left.
24 - Even big SUVs make it easily.
24 - Even big SUVs make it easily.
25 - The cut out is 8 feet high an…
25 - The cut out is 8 feet high a…
26 - Tunnel Logs sign
26 - Tunnel Log's sign
27 - You have to look up once in a…
27 - You have to look up once in …
28 - Auto log.
28 - Auto log.
29 - This is another fallen redwoo…
29 - This is another fallen redwo…
30 - You used to be able to drive …
30 - You used to be able to drive…
31 - Thats a long way up.
31 - That's a long way up.
32 - Way over 200 feet.
32 - Way over 200 feet.
33 - Back at the village.
33 - Back at the village.
34 - What used to be the market.
34 - What used to be the market.
35 - Now it is a museum.
35 - Now it is a museum.
36 - No, this was not taken inside…
36 - No, this was not taken insid…
37 -At the start of the half mile …
37 -At the start of the half mile…
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