This past weekend, we celebrated Independence Day by taking our daughter to Sequoia National Park (and a portion of Kings Canyon National Park.) We spent a few days exploring this amazingly beautiful national treasure. The parks are humongous, so we really only scratched the surface in terms of exploration. But…we will certainly be back soon to continue exploring (it’s only 3 hours from where we live.)
The best part of the trip? Well…it was the fact that I had the opportunity to spend quality time with my family.
Please enjoy the photos, and some of my fun little facts that I learned while visiting the park. 🙂
P.S. More photos and facts later this week. Thanks for being a part of my blog!
Two Parks in One. Situated in California – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are contiguous national parks that have been jointly administered by the United States since 1943. (Sequoia was established in 1890, whereas Kings Canyon was established in 1940.)
Pure Wilderness. Approximately 97 percent of these magnificent parks is untamed wilderness.
A Grand Mountain. Mount Whitney – located on the eastern border of the parks – stands at 14,494 feet (4,418 meters). It is the highest peak in the United States (outside of Alaska).
Trees in the Sky. General Sherman – a sequoia tree – reaches 275 feet (84 meters) into the sky! It has an estimated volume of more than 52,000 cubic feet.
Hot. In July 2007, Sequoia National Park recorded a record high temperature of 118°F / 48°C. Wow!