Sequoia National Park

Less words, more photos. Basically, Brian and I hiked through Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. It was a pretty incredible trip. I had an idea of all things were were going to be seeing, but everything ended up exceeding my expectations tremendously.

First up, we stopped several times after entering the park. We just pulled over into random turn outs and took photos of the incredible views. Brian used our new GoPro to gather video and I took over 1100 photos.

One of my favorite photos is of Brian GoProing his first Sequoias. I feel like it’s magazine quality. Just saying.

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Next, we visited General Sherman. This sequoia tree is the largest tree by volume in the WORLD and is believed to be over 2,500 years old. It was very difficult to capture the size of the tree in photographs, but I tried my best.

I tried to use the panorama option on my iPhone and tipped it vertical. This is the best full-tree shot I could get:

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After the General Sherman, we went to Moro Rock. I knew it was a rock that had stairs you climbed, but I was not prepared for this!

We had a complete 360 degree view. I was not expecting that.

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Next, we hiked around Cresent Meadow. The trail was only about 1.5 miles, but it was so beautiful and peaceful. We actually saw TWO bears, doing bear things. It was crazy. I got pretty nervous, but the bears didn’t pay any attention to us, so we just keep walking.

On our first day, we also walked through Crystal Cave, but I’ll save that for the next post.

Want to see more photos from the California Travel series? Here are all the installments:
Austin to San Jose
Clovis, CA
Sequoia National Park
Crystal Cave
Kings Canyon
Hume Lake
San Jose to Austin

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