This was a 2-in-1 combo for the snow was already on the road and most of the parks are partially closed. We entered Kings Canyon NP after a long winding scenic by-way (we’ve been driving a lot of those lately) and all that we knew was that in this park there are big trees, and General Grant is one of them. And that’s pretty much all we could see, because all the other roads were covered with snow. We even had to wait for the afternoon to get information about the road condition to Sequoia NP. And since the rangers didn’t know even then, and we also didn’t have anything else to do – we tried our luck and the road was open. Even dry I would say, with some sandy spots.
Well, General Grant tree is fine and says “hi” to everyone. It’s so old, that it probably finished the “h” by now. We liked the sun and the pleasant weather in Kings Canyon NP, and also the relatively cheap merchandise and the really attractive patches. On the way to General Grant we walked through the trunk of a fallen tree that was used almost a century ago to shelter both people and horses (the picture below proves it – I was holding a cone of sequoia to gather the seeds: mission successful!). And by hiking only half way up on the paved road to the panoramic point we succeeded in completely wetting our shoes while swimming in the wet snow. However, a snow-angel came to life!
Sequoia NP was another one-place attraction for the same reason: snow. The biggest tree in the world, General Sherman, is also fine and send his regards. He might be recuperating after he lost a limb last year… the branch was the size of a fully grown European pine-tree. The tree itself is not the most pleasant view since there are a lot of other younger trees around and all looking better, but when you’re under it, you can’t even comprehend its size. It’s not the tallest in the world either (the redwoods grow taller), but it is the one with the largest volume. At 83.8m it has almost 1500cubic meters.
The same day we drove out of the park (for free sleeping in the nature) and on the way out we drove one of the best winding roads or american scenic byways ever: the autumn leaves and the colors of the sunset were topped up only by the few animal sightings by the road: a big black bear staring at our car, a grey fox playing in the parking lot and further down, one little mouse-looking guy – a pika!
We had a well-deserved sleep close to a cattle farm, well lit by a bright moon – and no car passed by us the whole time!