Today we are going to visit Sequoia National Park. This park is famous for its Giant Sequoia Trees and we are going to see the largest tree in the whole world today. Yesterday we saw the second largest in the world in Kings Canyon National Park.
We entered the park and showed the ranger our park pass.
We passed by Tunnel Rock. At one time, you could actually drive under and through this rock, but with the size of todays cars and the stability of the rocks, this is no longer possible.
The park roads are edged with these really nice guard rails, made from the natural rocks found in the park. They are so colourful.
Next stop is Hospital Rock, and the petroglyphs.
Then it was onwards and upwards to the parking area so that we could walk on the Sherman Tree Trail.
And here it is… the largest tree in the world… The General Sherman Tree.
The tree is 275 feet tall. It isn’t the height that makes this the biggest tree in the world, it is the volume. 52,513 cu ft and weighs (estimated) in at 2.7 million pounds. I had to stitch together several photos to come up with this shot of the whole tree.
Further along the trail we came to a fallen sequoia tree that had an opening carved out of it so that the pathway could continue.
Stopped at the Lodgepole Visitor Center to get our National Parks Passport Book stamped and to buy some souvenirs.
Then it was time to head out of the park and get back to our hotel. We met our friend Patty at the hotel, she had just arrived from San Francisco. The timing was perfect. We visited for a bit then went out for dinner and shopping to replenish our basic supplies that we always travel with.
Tomorrow the three of us will return to Sequoia National Park.
If you wish to see all of our photos from today, you can click on this link to my FLICKR site.