California Road Trip 2016, Part 6

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Sequoia National Park

Although there was certainly more we could have checked out on our trip down the coast we finished our southbound run at a pace that would allow us to make our way back northbound with a couple stops in national parks on our way home.  After a quick stop in Cambria we made our dash towards the Sierra and the foothills of Sequoia National Park.  We made it in enough time to secure a campsite at Potwisha.  Even though it was the middle of Thanksgiving week it was pretty busy and camp filled up later that night.  We had enough time to get to the top of Morro Rock just in time for sunset.

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Sierra Twilight
Sierra Twilight

It’s an interesting climb to the top of the rock, quite a feat of construction for sure.

Trail up Morro Rock
Trail up Morro Rock

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The next morning we woke up to the sounds of woodpeckers.  I went outside to discover several acorn woodpeckers harvesting acorns from trees throughout the campground and storing them in the nearby power pole.

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It looks like they will have a bountiful winter.

Before long we were up in the giant forest.

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We started at General Sherman.

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If you haven’t seen them in person it is really hard to appreciate just how large these trees are.  The only way to capture them up close is some sort of wide-angle lens, in my case a ‘fish eye’ which gives the trees the appearance of being curved.

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We also took the walk along the Congress trail to visit the President, the Senate and the House.

The President
The President

 

The Senate
The Senate

 

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The House
The House

 

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It’s amazing to me how trees this gigantic can grow so close together.

After a wander around the giant forest we made our way over to the General Grant side of the park to walk among the state trees.

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Grant Tree

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Such giants from such a small beginning.

Sequoia Seeds
Sequoia Seeds

I’m biased but the Oregon Tree may be the grandest of all.

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Light was fading fast on us again but we made it up to Panorama Point in time to take in the sunset over Kings Canyon and the Sierras.

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Yes, that’s a lookout on that rock

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Then is was back to camp for a fire to beat back the cold at the higher elevation.

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Off to our last destination, Yosemite, in the morning.

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