Have You Hugged A Tree Today?
March 2 -
As usual, nothing goes as planned. We ended up delaying our trip in order to meet up with some New Yorkers in San Francisco (how metropolitan of us!). What did we do with these three days? We headed inland, of course!
A solid four hours later, we were wandering in that precious area between 5,000 and 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. Why is this so special? This exact elevation and this exact spot is the only place in the world where the Giant Sequoias grow.
What a thrill to stand among the world's largest living trees. You cannot possibly imagine how massive they are, both compared to the other trees in the area, and to your own puny self. I now know what it must feel like to be an ant in among the blades of grass.
There's a lot to learn from these magestic creatures. In the fifties, all in the name of the growing tourism industry, trees were hollowed out so that you could drive right through them. People made their homes in the fallen trees and tourists were allowed to drive right onto them for the very desirable photo opportunity.
Times have changed now, but we're still learning. After recent efforts to protect the trees from fire, the rangers now realize that without fire, the trees can't reproduce. They've stopped all building projects in and around the trees and repaired much of the damage done by the original capitalistic entrepeneurs.
Now, they're making money in a less harmful, yet just as silly way. Seed souveniers. In the Sequoia National Park gift shop, you can buy Giant Sequoia seeds - grow your own at home!
Now, I don't know if I'm missing something here, but unless I lived right next to the forest, my chances of growing my own Sequoia are pretty slim. I'd be better off planting some beans and hoping to climb the beanstock in the morning.
Never mind that they take 2,000 years to grow.
|We'll go out of our way to get to a park where we can use our pass! We're addicted to the National Parks Pass!|
Sunrise Campground Yosemite N.P.
Site near the big rock. Whoa! Look out for the bears! They'll pick your lock and drive away with your car. After they strip it, they'll be back for you and your food!
Sequoia National Park
|K's Order:||Baked Apple Oatmeal|
|Lunch: ||Strip Mall Mexican|
|K's Order:||Chicken Enchilada Plate|
|A's Order:||Chili Relleno Place|
|Drinks: ||Yosemite Lodge|
|K's Order:||Cinnamon Apple Ripple|
|A's Order:||Hot Buttered Rum, Chips & Salsa|