Friday, April 14, 2017

Visiting Sequoia on March

We visited Sequoia National Park in 2010 when Max was 2 years old and Wes had not been born yet. His 6th birthday was coming up and when he asked him where should we go on his birthday his answer was to see the biggest tree in the world so off we go to Sequoia National Park.
We went early in the morning then stopped by at Bravo Farm for lunch.  
 Traveling to Sequoia National Park

The North entrance from Fresno was still closed on March due to snow so we have to go through South entrance and stayed the night at a hotel in Three River. Check out the National Park's website for the update on road conditions.








Each time we goes outdoor, can't help not singing the song:
"When through the woods and forest glades I wander; 
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 

The Sequoia equals to 22 elephants stacked on top of each other.
Although some of the parking lots or point of interest were closed due to large amount of snow, most of the hiking trails are open. Like this Big Trees Trail. I am glad we asked the ranger otherwise we wouldn't know. We ended up being one of the few visitors there that day.     


My hunky man and the hunky tree






This is very interesting. The Sequoia' seed must fell next to the big rock and ended up growing next to it. This was a wrap for our first then then we went back to our hotel to spend the night.

The next day we went straight to Beetle Rock about 5 minutes walk right across the the Giant Forest Museum


Next stop is to see with our own eyes the biggest tree in the world: General Sherman Tree


My kids look like smurfs compared to the tree





Our next goal is to hike the Topokah Falls, which can be accessed from Lodgepole Visitor Center. Some people rent snowshoes here but we didn't.

Taken at the parking lot. That's a HUGE amount of snow.

We asked the ranger about the trail and she replied, "The trail is open all year long but hike at your own risk." The sun was shinning bright and the snow was melting then there was chance of avalanche.

When I saw the snow-covered-bridge my jaw dropped; it was breathtaking but scary at the same time. 


How deep the snow can get at certain spots:



He is doing this 90% of the time when I saw him.




 





We didn't reach to the end of the falls because the snow was too tick at the end and the trail got too dangerous. Hoping we can comeback sometimes in the future after the snow melt before the mosquitoes hatch. 

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2


The last few steps Wes was so tired and barely can walk. Even so when Chris was carrying him when he got to the flatter area, he told Chris, " It's okay you can put me down. It's flat I can walk here, Pa." Chris got teary eyes when he hear that.

God is so good indeed can't help not writing that on the snow pile.


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