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16 July 2010

Sequoia National Park

In late June 2010, I traveled with some friends for a weekend camping trip at Sequoia National Park.

Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, Sequoia National Park encompasses a large swath of land that includes several groves of the largest tree in the world, the Giant Sequoia.

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Moro rock.

Big tree. There were plenty of big trees.

We camped our first night next to a creek. There were still banks of snow surrounding the campsite.

We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a bear. No bears raided our campsites, nor did any ransack our cars.

General Sherman is the largest living thing by volume in the world.

Of course I had to jump the fence and touch it myself.

A sequoia pinecone is much smaller than that of a pine tree.

General Grant. The girthiest tree in the world. It's the 2nd largest by volume.

Standing atop Moro Rock. The views from this giant piece of granite are absolutely spectacular - and they go in every direction. People (ourselves included) were climbing all over the rock.

We waited atop the rock, taking in the view for over an hour, until we stared into one of the most amazing sunsets I had ever seen.

For our second night, we had to move to a different campground (our first campground had been reserved). Luckily, in the National Forest just outside the park, you can camp anywhere reasonable. We found a campsite and enjoyed night two. Then we got lost in the middle of the woods for nearly 4 hours on a midnight hike gone wild.

Crystal Cave was on the itinerary for our final day. It was a nice cave to explore. That is all.

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