Saturday, June 18, 2011


 After a brief drive we found ourselves at the Sequoia Village Inn in Three Rivers, California and steps away from the entrance to Sequoia National Park!  We settled into our adorable and very comfortable Alpine style chalet and couldn't resist sneaking a peek at the giant sequoia trees the very moment we got there!  We learned very quickly it would take hours and hours to see the incredible sites in the park, but we knew after our first glace at the sheer beauty Sequoia offers we were in for a most memorable stay!

 After taking in some stunning views of Moro Rock, we stopped off at Hospital Rock to take in the Native American Petroglyphs in the area and a brief hike took us to the rushing  river's edge.

 The fallen tunnel log in the Giant Forest was open on our first jaunt into the park and Leif snapped this photo of us driving through the 2000 year old tree!  The towering 275' tree fell due to natural causes in 1937 and the tunnel itself is 17' wide and 8' high.  None of these pictures do these trees any justice at all; they are simply spectacular.

 Honestly, these trees are completely overwhelming in their size and beauty!  We communed with them for a long time before heading back to our chalet to cook dinner and let the kids swim in the pool.  We were thrilled to death to have a second  day to spend  in the park especially since we had not even seen the largest Sequoia of all yet!

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