After landing at LAX, Michael and I headed for the Sequoias. We drove to the town of Three Rivers, 220 miles north of Los Angeles. We had a room at the Comfort Inn. We saw the trees and drove back to Burbank.
Three Rivers is the gateway to Sequoia National Park. Michael drove most of the way from L.A. to the Sierra Nevada foothills. It was wave after wave of natural beauty, and I called it "God's country:" green trees, white water & blue skies. It was warm, but not hot. I had forgotten how beautiful Sequoia is. It may be more satisfying than the Grand Canyon.
We entered the Park from Three Rivers. The 3 rivers are the Kings, Kern & Kaweah (Kuh-we-a). The Kings River carved Kings Canyon. Michael got a picture of the Kaweah.
The Sequoias are in California's Sierra Nevada, and the biggest are in the Giant Forest. The General Sherman tree, the largest tree in the world, is there. Other trees are named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Sequoia is the second oldest National Park, established in 1890.
There are 75 groves of Sequoias, all of which are on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Sequoias grow from small seeds. Their bark is up to 12 inches thick. Chemicals in the bark resist insects and fungi. Sequoias live up to 3500 years. They usually die by falling due to shallow root systems.
The Sierra Nevada stretches 400 miles. These mountains are 10 million years old and consist of granite, which formed when molten rock cooled underground. Granite looks like salt and pepper because of its minerals: quartz, mica & feldspar.
Glaciers are rivers of ice that form during extended periods of cold. They move through mountains and carve valleys.