Jay and I hit the road in our Nissan Sentra rental car Monday morning to head to Sequoia National Park. The drive was about 4 and half hours northeast of Port Hueneme and very, very scenic.
We entered the park through the Ash Mountain entrance, which is pictured above on the left.
In above top left photo is Moro Rock. Yes, we climbed to the top of it! Bottom left is Tunnel Rock and bottom right is a photo taken while driving through Giant Forest, home of world’s biggest trees.
It took us nearly 400 steps to reach the top of Moro Rock, which is 6,725 feet high. Very steep and very scary.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range.
After “climbing,” we thought it was time for a nice hike to General Sherman, the largest (by volume) living tree in the world.
Interesting Sherman factoids:
- The Sherman tree’s top is dead, so it will not grow any taller, but it does grow wider every year.
- Base diameter is 36.5 feet. Base circumference is 103 feet.
- The tree weighs 1,385 tons and is 275 feet tall.
- Sherman is 2,200 years old. Ages well, doesn’t he?
- Looking up at the Sherman tree for a 6-foot-tall human is about the equivalent of a mouse looking up at the 6-foot-tall human.
More scenic views while driving through the park. Jay and I drove through neighboring King’s Canyon Park and then headed to Monterey, Calif., for the night, another four-hour drive. More to come!