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|Looking up ?? :)|
Sequoia is the name of the large trees that grow on the Western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the elevations of 5,000 and 7,000 feet. Surprisingly, they are named after the Cherokee Indian, Sequoya (some question this, but I like to think it is true). We learned about ole Sequoya when I visited the Indian Museum back in Cherokee, North Carolina. He invented the Cherokee alphabet which led to the Cherokee written language. The old Cherokee probably never saw a Sequoia tree, but his name, although misspelled, will live on for a long time. It's kind of ironic that a guy who invented a written language has his name misspelled.
They are the largest trees on the planet. The term "largest", in this context, means the most timber or volume. There are taller trees, like the Sequoia's cousin, The Redwoods, but in terms of just a massive amount of wood, the Sequoia stands alone. The older Sequoia's are about 3,000 years old. They were seedlings when the newest Egyptian pyramids where being built. When you see the first one in person, it is definitely one of those "wow" moments. I tried to get some pictures to show the massive size of these giants, but it is hard to do so.
|You can see the base of the trees are as wide as Freedom.|
|The Sequoia's are mixed in with the much smaller pine trees. As you drive along, you see them everywhere.|
|This is the little clump of trees I took the picture looking up at the beginning of this post.|
Sequoia National Park is the second oldest national park in the U.S. park system. Yellowstone is the oldest and was created in 1872 while Sequoia was created in 1890. Again, they play with the words a little bit by saying it is the second oldest since Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park were created in the same year.
|The mountains beginning to show themselves about 10 miles out. This is a grape vineyard on the right side of the road.|
|It was a pretty day for the drive. The temperature in the valley was 70 and at the top of the mountains it was in the low 50's.|
The entrance fee to enter the park is $20.00 and it is good for 7 days. I chose the Annual Pass option for $80.00 which will get me into any National Park and other Federal Recreation sites. I am positive I will save more than $80.00 over the next year.
|A little lake and valley right before you begin the accent.|
|The last lake valley on the left and a CalTran bridge inspection crew ahead.|
|The guardrail on the right side is not up to highway standards and I'm not sure it would take a major impact so I did my best not to test it. It looks great though.|
|I think that is Moro Rock in the distance.|
|This was taken by stopping on the road. I was lucky there wasn't much traffic yesterday. You can see the snow capped Rockies in the far distance.|
|A good view of the mountains both near and far.|
|I put this one in the blog because I liked the sky|
|I even found a "thinking bench". Guess which one I sat in? lol|
|The snow added a nice flair to the drive. I am glad I saw this place at this time of year instead of the middle of the summer.|
|Mountains for as far as you could see.|
|Once back into the San Joaquin Valley, you parallel the mountains for a while. The haze had lifted and I was able to get these shots. I think those are the "Saw Tooth Mountains" in the distance with the snow on top.|
|A nice green field of some unknown crop with the mountains and a pretty sky in the background. It was a nice day.|
I enjoyed the drive even after having to suffer through that last 30 miles of curves. It was a nice weather day with few visitors to the park. Just the way I like it.
|Yesterday was my granddaughters birthday. Happy birthday Olivia Grace. :)|
Tomorrow is moving day and I'm not sure where I'll be going. I'm thinking maybe the coast, or further north.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.