Kings Canyon National Park

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Kings Canyon

Monday- We had to drive up a really long and very winding road to get here, The North West entrance to Kings Canyon National Park.  Stopped at the visitor center, got our passports stamped, and mailed a few post cards since they had a post office right there.  Once here, we drove around the park a little while, then we took a trail to some more really big trees.  Many had been named after states, such at the Oregon Tree, California tree, etc.  Also saw the Centennial Stump, the remains of a large tree that was cut down, cut up, shipped to the East, and reassembled it for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876.   Skeptical Easterners refused to believe that it all came from one single tree, and dubbed it "The California Hoax"   This trail also featured the General Grant tree, 3rd largest tree in the world, also known as the nation's Christmas tree.

General Grant, 3rd largest tree in the world
  There was also evidence of past fire damage on several of the trees, and an interpretive sign told how they had to climb one tree and hoist up a fire hose to put out a fire in the top of the tree next to it, that had been started by lightning!

 We didn't go all the way to the end of Kings Canyon, as we had a lot to see in Sequoia National Park, just south of here.  We were trying to stay on schedule, and see as much as we could and still get back to Connecticut in time for Tyler to start school. I had been to the end of the canyon before, knew it was great views of the mountains and canyons, but Tyler and Dawn were getting bored of mountains and would rather spend more time in Utah. I can't disagree with that!  So off towards Sequoia we went.  Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are side by side, so you just drive out of one and into the other!

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Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon
General Grant, 3rd largest tree in…
General Grant, 3rd largest tree i…
Centennial Stump...they used to co…
Centennial Stump...they used to c…
Centennial Stump
Centennial Stump
Giant double tree, Kings Canyon
Giant double tree, Kings Canyon
Oregon Tree
Oregon Tree
these trees have survived many fir…
these trees have survived many fi…
moss here too, on the dead ones!
moss here too, on the dead ones!
Some people hopped the fence to to…
Some people hopped the fence to t…
Nice views of sun behind the giant…
Nice views of sun behind the gian…
Trees...the next generation!
Trees...the next generation!
the whole grove was huge
the whole grove was huge
Pictures dont do justice
Pictures don't do justice
Had to go WAY back to try to get t…
Had to go WAY back to try to get …
of course, Dawn finds a dog to pla…
of course, Dawn finds a dog to pl…
Kings Canyon National Park
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