I love giant Sequoias! We learned the difference between coastal Redwoods (that we’d already seen) and the more rare giant Sequoias: while Redwoods are much taller than Sequoias, I love the unique organic shapes that Sequoias take on at the top—it makes them completely recognizable from miles away.
Muir Grove is my new favorite hike! We encountered TWO bears and zero people on the 2 mile hike to the grove. This is how the first bear encounter went:
Halfway to the grove, we come across a spectacular view off of a rocky cliff. Clyde says “Let’s go check out the view” and starts walking out on the big rock. I’m about 50 feet behind him when I spot a black bear come around a blind corner to eat some berries on the trail—the bear was 50 feet away and scared the heck out of me just as much as I scared the heck out of it. Apparently I “nonchalantly” said “Clyde there’s a bear.” He didn’t believe me—he thought I was crying wolf and he just said “okay.” I cringe as I take my eyes off the bear staring at me from 50 feet away to look at Clyde and say “Why aren’t you getting the bear spray out of your bag?” Clyde shrugs and says “I don’t even see a bear.” Then I started walking towards Clyde as the bear sort of scampered away in the woods. The bear then stopped in a small clearing and stared both of us down for awhile, but he was at a much more comfortable distance by now. Clyde calmly says “Oh, there’s the bear.”
Needless to say, we made a LOT of noise on the rest of the hike. It was still early-ish in the morning when bears are more active, and we were definitely the first (and only) ones out on the semi-remote trail. We saw a second bear as we reached the grove, but he was far away, we didn’t scare him, and he just ran away. Seeing bears on trails is pretty cool, but it’s not fun to scare them so close.
i think this is the General Grant tree?
General Grant sequoia tree
Kings Canyon is over there somewhere
Kings Canyon is over there somewhere
our first FREE national forest campground! they do exist! Convict Flat wasn’t horribly out of our way, we had a great site and a great view.
we decided life’s pretty good when your biggest concern is winning the next game of Gin Rummy. (Clyde loses 2 out of 3 times.)
i couldn’t get enough of the rocks
this was the last night to camp at Upper Stony Creek Campground in Sequoia National Forest. We rocked it.
unique creek by our site at Upper Stony Creek
fire roasted poptarts = delicious
lots of Sugar Pines
grumpy Clyde on our Muir Grove hike. (the trail head is in a campground that’s been closed for the season, so we had to park on the street… which added 1.8 miles to the hike each way. and darn if i forgot to mention that to Clyde.) :)
WE FINALLY SAW A BEAR ON THE TRAIL! 2 bears that day, actually, but this is the first one we saw. I was 50 feet away from him when we both scared each other. He gave me the stare down for a minute, ran a bit, then gave us both the stare down. This photo is from stare down number 2.
Clyde enjoying the view after our first bear encounter. I was watching his back in case Yogi came back to snack on the berry bushes behind us.
Sequoia NP — my favorite!
this is supposed to be “wow that’s a big tree behind us” face
walking into Muir Grove
Clyde at Muir Grove in the Sequoias
cone from a Sugar Pine
i love this place
The Sequoias were my favorite! It’s hard to believe that the base of this tree is wider than any house I’ve lived in.
this is the General Sherman tree —the BIGGEST tree in the world. (not tallest, not widest, but this tree has the most volume of wood.)
eh, we could’ve lived without seeing Sherman after the awesomeness of Muir Grove, but we saw it.