Serenity in the Sequoias


We don’t joke around when we travel. Look at all those stops!

Yesterday I drove down to Visalia to meet my friend, Kenita. It’s so crazy when timing and geography come together. Kenita and I worked together at Iowa in the Pomerantz Career Center. She never thought she would be seeing me in the Valley…and I never even realized she lived out here. Crazy! It was so fun to catch up and see where our lives have taken us since the PCC.


Kenita and I
Sequoia National Park

Map key: 

A – Left home at 9

B – Left Kenita’s place in Visalia at 11:30

C – General Grant, third largest tree in the world. It was named in 1867 after Ulysses S. Grant and it is about 1,650 years old.

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D – Little Baldy…that we didn’t make it to because we took the wrong trail…The sign was deceiving.

E – Lodgepole for lunch

F – Tokopah Falls, an easy 3.4 mile roundtrip hike to a serene clearing under beautiful falls. We slipped off our dusty socks and shoes and waded through the little pool at the top, laid for 20 minutes on the rocks, and finally – reluctantly – hiked back. In total it took us about three and a half hours.

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G – General Sherman, the largest tree in the world (by volume).  If you hollowed it out and filled it with water, it would provide a bath a day for 27 years. Holy guacamole. It’s somewhere between 2,300 and 2,700 years old (says wikipedia).


E – Moro Rock, 400 steps to the top – a breath taking view of the Great Western Divide and the San Joaquin Valley.

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F – Three Rivers…where we got a flat tire. It was a little too reminiscent of Green River, UT.

G – Visalia

H – Home…finally at 10:30 pm!

For this experience there’s just no point in writing a blog when pictures can speak for words. You can look at more pictures here.

Until next time (should be soon…daytripping Thursday) peace, love, and trees.DSCN0501crop


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