Friday, September 9, 2011
After roughing it for the past several nights, we splurged on a little bit of luxury by staying in one of Tenaya Lodge's cottage rooms just outside of Yosemite National Park. That's right. I got a shower. And some tasty BBQ. But the next morning we saw giant sequoias. Redwoods! They've been on my 'to do' list since 2009.
Still tired from our 17 mile hike, we managed to add another 3 or 4 miles and 1,000 ft upwards to our tally with this day hike around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. We were still able to see: the fallen Monarch, the Bachelor & the Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, the California Tunnel Tree, the Faithful Couple, and the Clothespin Tree. There's some interesting stories about preserving the redwoods, and how naming the trees actually ends up forcing the park to protect certain sequoias to the detriment of the others. So, the National Park Service has slowly been removing name signs from in front of certain giant sequoias so that the grove may persist.
The trees are as tall as a airplane is long, and some of the sequoias have branches that are thicker than any of the other species of trees' trunks. It's wild. They're really just simply beautiful.
More photos of the giant sequoias up on my flickr account.