Last weekend, The Hubby and I visited California's Sequoia National Park, on the western side of the Sierra Nevada.
That teeny little scratch between the Sequoia and the Blue Whale? That's the size of a person.
(This single chunk of tree is about the length of an adult Blue Whale.)
General Sherman is so big, you can only take pictures of it a slice at a time. Here's The Hubby and me, in front of its massive base:
Here's The Hubby and me, all suited up and ready for a lovely six-mile hike through one of the most beautiful places on Earth:
I swear we didn't coordinate our outfits; it just happened that way! And now I will be quiet (mostly) and let you enjoy the beauty of Giant Forest:
(A burnt-out Sequoia. Fires are a natural part of the life cycle of these enormous trees.)
(Look closely to see the guy at the base of the tree, above.)
(Black Bear tracks, above and below.)
(This is the underside of a giant tree that fell over.)
(Closeups of moss (above) and mushrooms (below) on the fallen giant, above.)
(The snow cover made it hard to see where the trail went. Thank goodness for topo maps on smart phones!)
(Giant Sequoias can withstand a lot of burning and still live, like this ski-through beauty, above.)
Our cozy lodge beckoned at the end of a long day:
Putting your feet up and having a drink at the end of the day with friends? Priceless!