Monday, June 14, 2010

Drive up through the Sequoia's

This is the first trip that we made without the aide of a paper map, relying instead on Google and Morticia's GPS ( Morticia is my car)  While we did end up a little out of the way and at least once wondered which fork in the road to take, we basically travelled about the most scenic route possible.

This is Lake Isabella. Jeff mapped out a 'back way' route for us which took us past this man made lake and dam on our way to the Sequoias.

 A beautiful sun lit meadow and . .  much to our surprise- Snow!

In case you have no knowledge of the Sequoia trees, here is a sample. The big redwood trunk- this one split in 2 from a fire long ago, is an example of a big, but certainly not the biggest of the red giants! The trees to either side of it are at least 30-40 feet tall!  Here is a little info on Sequoia's.

Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Visalia, California, in the United States of America. It was established on September 25th, 1890. The park spans 404,051 acres (1,635 km2). Encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet (4,000 m), the park contains among its natural resources the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m) above sea level. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service together.

The park is famous for its Giant Sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world, in terms of wood volume. The Giant Forest is connected by the park's Generals Highway to Kings Canyon National Park's Grant Grove, home to the General Grant treeamong other sequoias. The park's Giant Sequoia forests are part of 202,430 acres (81,921 ha) of old-growth forests shared by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Indeed, the parks preserve a landscape that still resembles the southern Sierra Nevada before Euro-American settlement.
We picked the best time to travel through this area. It is prime snow melt time and all the waterfalls were full! These were roadside!
Getting up there!
On our way down the mountains, we passed this cute deer. She wanted nothing to do with us and hurried on her way!
 We ended up here- wherever that is and then proceeded on through every possible back road until we found Fresno.
These tiny pink beauties were all over the hills in this area.

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