Sunday, January 15, 2012

Trip to the Kings Canyon Sequoia National Park.

So we decided we would try and take a family trip. This is the first time it's been, The Hunter, TLC and Me and know one else. (usually we have a buffer) It was awesome. We drove down to the Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Forrest. It was unbelievable. The trees are so big it's more then awe inspiring. I could have spent a week there just hiking and looking around. The really amazing part is that the park is usually closed at this time of the year because of snow. Well we are having a very dry winter and they opened it up for the weekend. The weather was beautiful. This forest is home to the General Sherman tree as well as the General Grant tree.

Me and TLC in front of the General Grant.

This is The Hunter at the base of The General Sherman Tree.You can get an idea of how big it is.
It's said to have the greatest volume of any tree in the world.

The park is also home to Morrow rock and Mt Whitney. (The largest Mountain in the lower 48)

This is TLC and The Hunter at the Top Of Morrow Rock. TLC climbed the over 400 stairs by himself. I was so proud.

While we were in the Grant Grove we had a couple (sounded like from the east coast some where) come up to us and ask us they could ask us a question. It go's a little somethin like this.

Man: " Excuse me, do you know, is there any redwoods in this forest"?

The Hunter and I look at each other.

Me: " Yes the Giant Sequoias are redwoods."

Man: "well aren't there other ones"?

The Hunter: "Yes, there are two types, the Giant Sequoia and the Coastal Redwood".

Man: "Yeah, so are there any here"?

Us: "yes the Giant Sequoias"

Man: " What's the difference"?

The Hunter: " Well the Giant Sequoias are giant and the Coastal get taller but not as big around and live closer to the CA coast".

Man:" Well what about that tree"

The Hunter: "That is a Ponderosa Pine"

Man: " How can you tell the difference"?

Me: " Well there are a couple ways, the needles are different, the bark of the red wood is "softer" and the Pine trees have a hard bark".

Man: Ok so there's no red woods.

Us: "No coastal Redwoods".

Man's wife: " I told you, I told you.

The Hunter and I walked back to the car and just laughed our butts off.


fernvalley01 said...

beautiful scenery and the (non) Redwoods are stunning !

Vaquerogirl said...

It gets funnier every time!
Love that picture of The Hunter and The Littlest Cowboy! AWESOME!

The W.O.W. factor! said...

Beautiful pix...and what luck! To have such a gorgeous day and have the park be open! Our daughter goes there once a year, but she is never good about getting pictures! I haven't been there in many many years, so thanks for sharing!

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