Monday, April 24, 2017

Our visit to Sequoia National Park

This past Saturday we took a trip to Sequoia National Park. It just happened to be Earth Day and the last free entry weekend for National Park week. We decided to go early and beat the crowds. It kind of worked.

We are currently staying in Visalia, California and we drove into the park from Hwy 198. Once we hit the Three Rivers area it was a very scenic drive. We pulled over to get a quick picture. It really doesn't do the area justice! Hopefully we can go back before we leave next weekend.

Lake Kaweah in Three Rivers, CA
Once we arrived at the park we had to do our usual picture with the National Park sign and this time we actually had my "real" tripod. If you don't know what I am talking about you can read about it here. lol

We decided to try a new pose with the sign this time.

What do you think?

A short walk from the sign we found this beautiful view.

Some wildflowers and Mount Eisen peeking through the back
We made a quick stop at the Foothills Visitor Center to get a stamp in our National Park Passport and then continued the drive down Generals Highway.  It is a winding two lane road with lots of switch backs especially once you pass Hospital Rock. Not for the faint of heart or those who get car sick.

We stopped at a couple of overlooks and took some pictures.

View from the Eleven Range Overlook

Moro Rock
Chris working on his modeling career

Castle Rocks- on the left, not sure the one on the right
Then as soon as we saw the large sequoias we decided it was time to get out and walk around. The air was so fresh and smelled like pine.

It's so peaceful

We were going to head over to the Giant Forest Museum and then do the Big Trees Trail next but the park was getting more and more crowded so we decided it was time to make our way to the Sherman Tree Trail.

I tried to look up the park temperatures before we got there but they must have been for deeper into the park. It showed a high of 40. It was not 40. We were pretty hot in our winter clothes.

This part of the park still had some snow on the ground
The trail was just a short.4 mile hike on a paved road but it was steep on the way back and the high elevation made it a little more difficult.

Our first glimpse of General Sherman

There was a short line to get a picture but it moved fast. Everyone in line took turns helping to take pictures for each other.

Chris and I with the 2,200 year old tree which is also the largest tree (by volume) on our planet.

It was pretty amazing. Here are some other pictures we took on our hike back to the car.

I decided Chris's hair was sequoia red

Lots of mossy trees

Someone made this little snowman in some of the snow in the parking lot. I found it amusing.

By this point we knew we had to get back home to our pups. It was a long drive. We would love to go back sometime and stay there.

Have you been? If so what are some of your favorite hikes or things to do?

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