Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sequoia National Park

Probably my most enjoyable venture was when Kathi and I took our son AJ to see the Sequoia National Park. We have not done a lot of traveling together since he became an adult, so this was a real highlight for me.

Our RV was parked at Trailer Villa San Mateo in Redwood City, CA. This is the most economical park we found to stay when we visited the San Francisco area. On August 31, 2005 we picked AJ up in San Francisco, went back to Redwood City to get our RV, then moved to the Visalia/Fresno KOA which is the nearest RV park we found to the entrance of Sequoia. It was so cool and comfortable in the bay area and it got progressively hotter as we moved south.

We drove around looking at the big trees and taking a few pictures. One of the giant sequoias was felled beside the road. I got a great picture of AJ standing next to the root system. He is 6’ 7” tall and he was dwarfed by the tree which must have been 20 feet in diameter behind him.

I wanted to show him the General Sherman tree which is the largest single stem tree on earth. Not the tallest tree, but the bulkiest. The first time I visited the General Sherman I parked beside the road and walked across the road to see and feel the tree. Between my earlier visit and my 2005 visit, the Forest Service found that the roadways were compressing root systems stunting growth of some of the trees. So they rerouted the roads and built an asphalt path about ¼ mile long to walk down and see the General Sherman tree.

The path really is down and coming back from the tree is uphill. I got winded and had to take a break. I sat my water bottle and Sony Camera down as I rested. After 10 to 15 minutes I continued up the hill without my camera. The camera was a retirement gift from my Shell friends and I hated to lose it. What I hated more was losing the great pictures I had taken of the three of us having an enjoyable day together.

Since I do not have any of those pictures to share, I am posting some cactus pictures from my archive on an earlier visit to Lake Georgetown. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Yellow cactus flower

Buds ready to bloom

Honey bee inside a cactus flower
Large view of cactus at Lake Georgetown.
Cactus in bloom

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