On the 22nd, we moved from the Lodi Elks Lodge south to the Visalia Elks Lodge.
On the 23rd, we walked in the area for 2 plus miles. After lunch, we got the Jeep an oil change, and then drove to the convention center followed by the chamber of commerce to obtain brochures for our drive in to Sequoia National Park tomorrow.
Today is the 24th, and we had a wonderful day in Sequoia National Park. We spent the whole day in the park trying to stop at all of the wonderful tourist locations. Upon entering the park with my free entry Old Folks Card, we followed the Gate Ranger’s advice and stopped at the first visitors center. He said it is always a good pit stop. (Later on the road we saw a sign that said “Last Restroom Before the Half'-hour Road Construction Stop). Sequoia National Park is amazing, and we had an absolutely wonderful day starting with our leaving the house at 9am, and getting back at about 6:45pm.
Our next stop was a hike around Crescent Meadow to get out to Tharp Log, which was a log turned in to a summer cabin for use while his cows had been moved to these mountain meadows. We saw snow on the north side of the meadow. Of course the Sequoia’s and the lodge pole pines were all too tall to get in one picture. But we did get to see a duck (our only wildlife other than insects.
Next stop was to see the General Sherman Tree. It is not the oldest, nor the tallest, but is is the largest tree in the world by volume. It is even still growing even though its top is dead, sort of like us old folks that keep growing around the middle.
Last but not least, I took panorama pictures of trees with my phone. The last one is General Sherman. (Note: at the visitor center, I asked the Ranger if they were just partial to Union Generals, but he assured me that we could find General Lee in the Forest also.
Type at you later.