Driving from Mineral King back into the Sequoia National Park was utterly breathtaking. “I am well again. I came to life in the cool winds and the crystal waters of the mountains.” John Muir
We had to pull over multiple times, just to try and capture the views.
Not to mention ourselves in front of them, for memories. (I think this is a let’s go back and take this again in ten years photo, how amazing would that be! Better yet, let’s go back every year and take it again and again).
Driving through these woods was other worldly, at every elevation we could notice the different trees and birds, winding our windows down to breathe in the cool air, looking for the largest living tree in the world, General Sherman. I am in love with these woods.
There is just nothing like witnessing these giants of nature, standing underneath them, gazing into the sunlight completely humbled by the magnitude of their size. To stand with the kids, allowing them to not simply read about them in books, or look at them in pictures, but to experience their size in comparison to your own, and their beauty was unforgettable.
At the top of the trail is the giant Forest Museum, we missed the opening hours, but spent a lot of time reading all we could, soaking in the knowledge of the Giant forest.
We leisurely walked down to the tree, which was about a 15 minute walk, which was just what we needed after hours in the car.
General Sherman, no picture or words can do justice to the size of the tree. “The forests of America, however slighted by man, must have been a great delight to God; for they were the best he ever planted.” John Muir
“A grove of giant redwoods or Sequoias should be kept, just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.” Theodore Roosevelt.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
After a long day we headed back to the lodge for an early dinner (we couldn’t bare to be late again) and some time reading in our rocking chairs on the porch with a glass of vino. A beautiful end, to a beautiful day.
Lots of Love