The United States’ system of National Parks has been called “America’s Best Idea.”
I tend to agree.
No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe… the beauty of this planet – in its pristine state – is something we can all support and appreciate.
I have been to several National Parks, and each one has impressed me more than the other.
Magnificent. That’s all I can say. Please enjoy these photos and facts!
Rugged and Pristine. In the contiguous National Parks of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, there are no roads that run east to west. This is because of the parks’ rugged terrain. In fact, all roads in the parks are on the west side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Protect History. The parks protect over 100 historical sites, and over 500 Native American archaeological sites.
Natural Protection. Although many Giant Sequoia were logged during the late 19th and earth 20th centuries, the activity stopped. Why? Because – the Giant Sequoia’s wood is so brittle, that the trunk would often shatter to pieces upon hitting the ground.
Sadly Extinct. In 1922, the last known Grizzly Bear in California was shot just outside of Kings Canyon National Park.
My lovely wife, Ellen, gets credit for the bear photos. We were driving along when she spotted him/her. She basically jumped out of the moving car to snap some photos on her phone before the bear walked leisurely into the forest. Is she a hero? Arguably, yes. 🙂
Growing and Growing. Surprisingly, a Giant Sequoia’s rate of growth can increase during old age.