Sequoia National Park Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
After taking a few pictures in the area we headed back to the car and I took a picture of the sign leading out to Moro Rock. It has been years since either my wife or I have tried to climb the 400 plus steps and near total 800 feet that takes you up about 300 feet. Back in the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced a badly deteriorated wooden staircase with the granite and concrete combination that has lasted with a very few changes additions or repairs ever since. In some places the trail is quite narrow as it leads between a natural split in the rock.
I asked my wife how she felt about trying to go up. I’ll let you know that since we decided to go on first cruise later this year we have been doing a little more walking and exercise. She said she’d five it a try, so off we went. Slowly and with several stops along the way, so generously provided by the builders, we made our way up. And suddenly we were at the top! We made it! We actually made it. She looked at me and I looked at her and we gave each other a big hug. Neither of us had expected to be able to go all the way up. We took several pictures, talked with several other people who had made the climb and then made our way back down. Let me tell you that going down those 400 plus steps is much easier than going up.
So off we went, a nice casual drive from here up to
The drive up into the park from there is only about twenty miles, but takes nearly an hour because of the narrow, and very curvy two lane road built back in the 1920s.
Most of the drive is up through the dry scrub brush and low bushes and trees. But the farther up you get the bigger the trees get and the more ferns are seen along the floor of the forest. Now the temperature also drops and as you drive deeper into the thick trees and ferns the air seems cleaner and much cooler.
As we pulled into the
We parked the car and took a stroll through the museum, which when I was a child was a grocery store. Today, a Park Ranger answers questions; there is a gift area with souvenirs and several displays of how the huge trees have found a “circle of life” just right in this area. The huge redwoods require a really specific set of circumstances to go from seed, early growth and finally into the huge stand of trees you find here.