For 4th of July weekend Raphael and I along with two friends randomly planned a trip to Sequoia National Park, just three days before the holiday. It was a fun road trip with stops in Fresno to sip some fab reds at Water 2 Wine and then to a lodge up in the second established U.S. national park, after Yellowstone. The Sequoia Nat'l park is most famous for its Giant Sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree (twitpic photo), which is the biggest tree on Earth, due to the volume of its trunk and not its impressive height of 275ft. The tree is believed to be between 9,300 and 30,700 years old and the Calvary used to guard it, thus the Civil War name. The Giant Forest also contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world, in terms of wood volume.
Here are some silly tree hugging photos that we took at one the many giant trees:
The lodge where we stayed meanwhile, Montecito Sequoia Lodge, is where they filmed the original Parent Trap movie with Haley Mills, which of course I loved hearing about as I'm a HUGE fan of the classic Disney film.
Our cabin-sans bathrooms provided some extra excitement with the addition of some uninvited guests--field mice. We managed to scoot two of them out the door with a broom and lots of squealing and directing by me.
Hope you all had a happy 4th!