We went to Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Park and it was of course amazing. Oddly enough Kings Canyon is actually deeper than the Grand Canyon! Kings Canyon is 8200 feet at Cedar Grove and the Grand Canyon is 6000feet at its deepest point!
Below is the Kings River running through Kings Canyon!
You can actually drive right down into the canyon which is neat but John thought made it not seem as grand as the Grand Canyon. Here is another picture of the Kings River up close.
Grizzly Falls is actually not in either National Park. It is in Sequoia National Forest. However this waterfall is beautiful, if you could design your own waterfall I think you would make it like this!
We of course got to see several of the giant Sequoias including General Sherman and General Grant, our nations Christmas tree, don't worry though, it does not get decorated, they just place a wreath at its base. Some of these trees are just breathtaking, they are soooo perfect. I have to say that General Sherman (worlds largest tree) was not the prettiest tree but each year he grows the equivalent of a 50 foot tall and 1 foot in diameter tree! General Sherman is a growing machine.We unfortunately did not take General Sherman's picture because the light was horrible and there were about 100 people at the base. This is a picture from 1907 of a man and a couple of horses at the base.
These are a few of the Giant Sequoia's that we saw. Including "The Twin Sisters" which were two Sequoia trees growing together. We saw this a LOT on the trail of 100 Giants in the National Forest. "The Twin Sisters" were very nice and symmetrical.
We looked high and low for a place to photograph OUR Sequoia with the Giant Sequoia's and this was on the way to Grants Grove! I think our Sequoia was happy to enjoy The Great Sequoia National Park. Although it was ready for a rest after the day of mountain climbing and descending.
We also got to see Tharps Log. Tharp was an early explorer that made a home out of this log. There was a bed frame and a table still made out of Sequoia Red wood in the log! He had a fire place and a nice window! He also had an amazing view.
Finally we went to Crescent Meadow in hopes to get a glimpse of a black bear. No such luck but hopefully we will get to see them in Yosemite!
Kendra and John
- posted from ipad during the international bug expedition 2012