Sequoia National Park California 2009
Sequoia National Park Travel Blog› entry 5 of 10 › view all entries
May 19th, 2009 – by: saltycoco
So Sequioa National Park it is then.
My friend kept telling me, if you see a squirrel or a chipmunk, don't stop or swerve, just run over them. Hey, it's our life or their life. We can't risk falling off the cliffs. Now I'm not sure if we had to pay to get into Sequioa national park, we didn't see any place to pay the entrance fee, or maybe we passed by without knowing it. But I suppose if you're going to camp or travel in a large group you have to pay. The first stop we did was a beautiful valley with pine trees overlooking the Sierra mountain range, it was a gorgeous view. We spent 15 minutes before continuing to try to find the giant Sequoias.
Finally we found some of the first signs of Sequioa trees dotting the roads. The tree trunk was a brownish-red color and it was big. The differences between Redwoods and Sequoias is that Redwoods are amongst the tallest trees in the world, which can be found around the northern California coast, while the Sequoias are the biggest in terms of diameter or bulk as seen when you get close to the tree trunk and can only be found in the central Sierra Nevada region. Both trees are amongst the oldest living organism in the world with some trees as old as 3000 years.
After a bit of driving, we finally found some parking lot, and parked my car. I reckon we got there around 1030 am. Nearby we could see some Sequoia trees, and across the parking lot was the giant Sequoia called the Sentinel, as well as a small museum which details and talks about the trees, and you can also obtain tourist information there, and they also have a small souvenir shop . We left the museum and walked about 5 minutes to beetle rock, and from there we enjoyed some views of Sierra mountains. But we were there to see some trees, so we looked at the map, and found a lushed green open meadow complete surrounded by the largest collection of giant Sequioa trees all around. It was really beautiful, but the pictures I took of it doesn't do it justice, I wish I had a better camera at the time.
Sadly there is no restaurants in Sequoia National park that we saw. I was sort of craving some food, but luckily my friend brought some ham and cheese sandwiches, granola bars, and some soda. But word of advice, definitely bring something to eat when you visit this park. We looked at the map once again, and visited the fallen tree tunnel log. I wanted to drive my car through that and have my picture taken. I told my friend to get out of the car so he can take a picture as a I drive through it. He was a little scared that I might take off and abandon him, lol, as if I would ever do that. Later in the afternoon we drove back to try and check out one of the main attraction of the park, The General Sherman Sequioa tree, it is about 2500 years old, and it's the largest tree in the world in terms of volume, and it's still growing, not in height, but in bulk.
We spent about 3 hours or so in the park, the drive to and from takes nearly 2 and a half hours each way. So this was definitely a good daytrip. On the way back we saw several cars parked on the side of the road, so we stopped also to check out what the fuzz was about, and we caught glimpse of a lone black bear. What a wonderful way to end the day. I never realized that something this wonderful is just right behind my backyard.
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