Monday, September 9, 2013

Sequoia National Park

This summer we spent the 4th of July in Sequoia National Park--home of the world's largest tree.
"In volume of total wood the giant sequoia is Earth's largest living tree. In all the world, sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, usually between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation." (National Park Service Pamphlet)
We began our exploration at the Giant Forest Museum where we took a shuttle bus to the General Sherman Tree which is estimated to be 2,200 years old!
Do you see the tiny people at the bottom of the photo?
We then followed the Congress Trail wandering through the Great Forest for about 2 miles.
There was plenty to discover along the way.
"Sequoias don't die of old age and are resistant to fire and insect damage. Most die by falling over [due to their shallow root system]." (NPS) 
It is the sequoias' thick bark that insulates them from most fire.
Many of the trees bear fire scars, but fire is vital to sequoia regeneration.
It was a beautiful and peaceful place.


Rachel said...

Have I been there before? It looks like a great place.

Shannon said...

Cool! Greg's Dad grew up near there. One of these days we need to go. Great pictures!

Saimi said...

Julie, what a beautiful forest! Those trees are amazing I had no idea how resilient they are. Places like that are so great to hike around in, looks like you had a wonderful time - love the deer picture!

Suzanne said...

I love the Sequoias -- such a beautiful place!

Emmalyn said...

I love love love the redwoods. Deans family lives super close to big basin park. Their house is surrounded by redwoods and I just can't get enough!

Valerie said...

I've never been...yet. Maybe someday. I went to Muir Woods, north of San Francisco and that had big trees, but not quite as big. Looks like you all had fun!