Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cali: Day 5

So, on Thursday, we decided that even though it would be a lot, we didn't know when we'd be on the west coast again so we were going to take the 4 hour trip to see the Sequoia's.  The drive alone was worth it!  We could not believe how beautiful California was and how different it was!  One minute we are on the coast, soon we were driving through mountains, after the mountains we were in a flat, desert like area, then back into the mountains and then to the Sequoia National Park.  It was a gorgeous drive!  We were entertained with seeing all the different things that are grown there.  I loved that there were signs saying what the trees were.  We saw: strawberries, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, plums, peaches, grapes, olives, pears, etc. etc.  I can't even remember everything we saw.  It was so much fun. 


Eventually, we got to the park.  We stopped in the store to decide where to go and decided to head to General Sherman....the most famous Sequoia.  Little did we know, once you get to the park, you have about another hour to get to the Sequoias because of going up a mountain and the road winds around.  Plus, we had to keep stopping to take pics of the view. :) 


It was amazing how big those trees are.  The pictures you see and anything you've seen about them on tv, just do not do the size justice.  Karissa loved looking at the trees. There was a momma bear and two cubs at the start of the trail.  Karissa loved watching them too and learned how to growl like a bear.  She still loves bears and loves to growl even two months later.


On the way out of the park there was a deer right in the road.  We also saw a mountain lion, but couldn't get a picture of it before it ran off.  It was really cool!


It made for a long day, but we are so thankful that we decided to take that day trip!

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