Sequoia National Park, 5/9 - 5/10/00

We drove the 60 miles from Bakersfield to Visalia today. We are staying at the KOA - Visalia/Sequoia RV Park. It is a reasonably nice campground, however, no free internet access at each site. We just hung around in the afternoon having an early dinner and going grocery shopping. Such a rough life.

On Wednesday 5/11 we drove to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. The weather was not on our side today. There was a cold front that came through that kept the temperature in the 50's most of the day and the cloud layer covering much of Sequoia Park as we drove through.

Sequoia is the nations second oldest park created in 1890. This was a result of local people concerned over the logging that was taking place in the mountains and the damage it was doing to the area's ecology. Very advanced thinking for the time.

The picture on the left was taken in the morning in Sequoia Park. As you can see the visability was about 50 yards. However the weather cleared in the afternoon resulting in the picture on the right taken in King Canyon Park. King Canyon joins Sequoia to the North.

This is the Auto Log. As you can see from the picture, the tree was a one of the giant Sequoias.

This is the Sherman Tree. There are a number of the giant trees in the park named for famous people and for states. The Sherman tree has a base diameter of over 36 feet, a circumference of over 102 feet and it is 275 feet tall. They estimate the weight of the trunk at 1385 tons.

With these measurements you can see how early lumbermen were so interested in cutting these giants into lumber. Unfortunately, the tree has very little tensile strength and when they hit the ground they would shatter resulting in up to 80 percent of the tree being wasted. As a result the remaining wood was used for things like fence posts and pencils.

This is a fallen tree that was used a shelter. That is Susan standing inside so you can get an idea of the size of this thing.

These pictures were taken on the drive into King Canyon. This is the deepest canyon in the U.S. Yes, it is deeper than the Grand Canyon. I'm not sure how they measured it, because it sure doesn't seem like it could be that deep.

On the left, Susan is standing in front of Grizzly Fall and on the right is one of the many rapids on the King River.