Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Sequoia National Park, CA

Even though it was summer, the weather in Sequoia was really pleasant. The only time we felt hot was when we walked down to the General Sherman tree which has a paved pathway in the sun, and when you go down, inevitably you have to come up! Sequoia is just over 6,000ft in altitude. While most people come here for the trees and we did too, but bears were also on our agenda. 

black bear and cub

The first morning out we took the bus shuttle up to Crescent Meadow. After about 15 minutes Lindsay heard some rustling up on the hill above the trail we were on. There were a sow and her cub eating the seeds from the big pine cones. We stood there for quite a while taking photos, she wasn't worried about us at all. Like Yosemite, this was the only sighting we had. We went out on trails a few more times, walking in Sequoia is lovely, there are lots of trails and most of them are in the shade. We camped at Lodgepole campground which was definitely the right one to be in. I had booked our site a month before hand, and then moved the dates a few days beforehand. Lucky that we didn't just roll up as they were completely booked out the first night we were there. I really enjoyed the walk around the Big Trees as you learned so much about the park and the trees themselves.

giant sequoia
Well six months has passed and home we had to go. It was a great trip and we really enjoyed it. I have learned so much about this country. Even books and movies are more enjoyable as I understand what or where they are talking about.

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