Yesterday, Andy and I took a trip to Sequoia National Park. If you have never been there, you need to put it on your bucket list. I have been to a few National Parks, but I really think Sequoia is the most beautiful. We had perfect weather and it was a wonderful day. We only live about 10 minutes from the park entrance, so I think we sometimes take it for granted. It is so gorgeous and I always wonder why I don't go more often. Well, one of the reasons I don't go more often is that once you get in the park, there are a lot of winding roads and hairpin turns to get to the big trees. But, the road is good and well-maintained, so it's not that bad. I just hate driving, especially on wind-y roads.
The giant Sequoia Trees are the largest (in mass) in the world. The General Sherman tree, is the largest living thing in the world. I didn't take a picture of it this time, but it has lost 40 feet off the top of it due to lightening. It also lost a large branch. The branch is still on the ground and is as big as many trees. Even with losing all of this, the Gen'l Sherman is still the largest living thing!
The coastal redwoods are also beautiful and they grow taller than the Sequoias. However, the Sequoias are very fast growing, live to be thousands of years old, actually thrive with some forest fires and have huge bases.
Here we are standing in front of a fallen tree and you can see the amazing root system. Sometimes the Sequoias just lose their balance and fall over. They have very shallow root systems. This particular tree, named the Buttress Tree is about 272 feet long and the base is over 20 feet in diameter! The tree was estimated at 2300 years old when it toppled over in 1959.
And another view from inside of a dead tree looking up to the sky. You can tell that I just LOVE being in the park. It's kind of like a magical fairy-land.