Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (NPS site): “These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. This dramatic landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity–huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.”
November, 2005 – This was another trip I was blessed to be able to share with my mom who was 79 years old at at the time. She was such a trooper and always ready to go, especially when it involved trees and national parks. When we were planning the trip here down the Oregon-CA Coast, some guy told us that if we had seen the Sequoia groves in Yosemite, we might as well skip Sequoia National Park. Being the biggest tree lovers ever, my mom and I both decided that was ridiculous and promptly disregarded that advice!
But there are so many other attractions and scenic pullouts throughout the park that even if you’re not total tree huggers like us, it’s a wonderful national park treasure worth seeing. This was our first glimpse of Moro Rock. We would never have believed then that we’d be climbing that!
When we learned it was over 350 steps to the top, I wasn’t sure that I even wanted to try this! But for whatever reason, even though my mom is scared of heights, she said let’s go and that we could always turn around whenever we were too pooped.
But as we climbed, the views were so enticing that it was harder and harder to not continue so we could see what else awaited us.
Almost to the top, I was incredibly proud of both of us, but especially of my mom! At 79 years old – with a bum knee – she became bound and determined to get to the top. We took it slow, and I think she’d ask everyone she saw on the way down if it was much farther to the top, and they’d just encourage her saying it was worth it. I’d hear her talking to herself every now and then, “Keep going, Bertha!” Way to go, Mama!
But as cool as that accomplishment was, our greatest joy was hiking among the massive trees.
Sometimes we couldn’t believe that even after fire damaged the trunks, they still lived!
Here’s my crappy attempt at photo stitching to get the whole tree, but that’s as good as I know how to do. Seriously, these trees are so amazing that no picture, no matter how well taken or edited can truly do them justice.