The General Sherman Tree and Crystal Cave
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June 23rd, 2008 – by: Kathryn
The 5 who wished to go hiking set out in the morning to see the worlds largest tree, the General Sherman tree. The free shuttle took us to the parking lot where we "hiked" down about at half mile on a paved road. They had a lot of trails going from there to see some of the other named trees but since we had to get back to eat lunch and then get to the Crystal Cave we only saw the General Sherman tree.
The Redwoods that grow on the nothern coast of California are generally taller and there is a tree in Mexico that is wider at the base but the General Sherman Tree is the largest by volume in the world.
After lunch we drove down to the entrance to the Crystal Cave. The shuttle doesnt run to it and it takes at least 45 min from the campsite to drive there.
The cave itself was refreshing after the hike down as it is constantly at 50 F. Our guide led us through a bunch of caverns and at one point had us turn all our cameras and lights off and then she turned off the lights so you could see what it was like to be like the little cave bugs who live there (never saw any surprisingly). We all tried to be really quiet. It was weird as it was completly dark and all you could hear was water dripping. Some of the formations are pretty amazing and a few of them are almost transparent! I learned a lot and I would really like to go on the longer all day tour where you get a hard hat and knee pads and actually get to go spelunking !
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