California 1988 (Part 2)

Sequoias

Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs.  (Michael Nichols/National Geographic)

Those numbers represent this giant sequoia. Oh, also: The tree is more than three millennia old, and contains about “54,000 cubic feet of wood and bark,” according to National Geographic magazine.  A few years ago, photographer Michael Nichols photographed a 300-foot giant in California’s Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The magazine’s December issue has a follow-up: a huge tear-out of the “President,” a snowy monolith in the Sierra Nevadas.  “It’s not quite the largest tree on Earth,” the magazine article reads. “It’s the second largest.” 

the president sequoia

[I did not take the photo above, but I did take the one below.  We are continuing on with Part 2 (not Day 2, for I know not how long this trip was), still visiting the Sequoias.]

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[They just leave you awestruck . . . ]

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[Obviously 5-star lodging once again.  I have no recollection of this place . . . other than this photo.]

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[A body of water with which I am not familiar?]

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The obvious intro to the next several photos . . .

[And, thusly, the wildflowers . . . ]

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[Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Mineral King are all adjacent to each other and as we traverse from one location to another, I don’t remember specific places . . . ]

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[Other than they were great places to visit.]

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[Kings Canyon National Park is in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Fresno.  The park was established in 1940 and covers 461,901 acres (721.720 sq mi; 186,925 ha; 1,869.25 km2).  It incorporated General Grant National Park, established in 1890 to protect the General Granr Grove of giant sequoias.  The park is north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park; the two are administered jointly as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  (Wikipedia)]

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[Here’s Dan passing The Senate, back in the days when the senate actually got things done.]

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[Oy, not to mention The House!]

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[Here Dan gives that familiar one-finger salute to his photographer.]

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[And it appears this was lodging.  How did he arrange all this in the days before the internet?]

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[Mineral King is a subalpine glacial valley located in the southern part of Sequoia National Park.  The valley lies at the headwaters of the East Fork of the Kawaeah River, which rises at the eastern part of the valley and flows northwest.  Accessed by a long and narrow winding road, the valley is mostly popular with backpackers and hikers.  In 1978, the valley became part of Sequoia National Park.  The name ‘Mineral King’ also refers to the historic mining camps and towns in and near the valley, including Silver City and Cabin Cove. The settlements as a whole are referred to as the Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.  (Wikipedia)]

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[Oh, we’re hiking here.]

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[As noted this is noted as a haven for hikers and backpackers.  I believe this is the trail we took, and it pretty much lasted all day:  Crystal Lake, the trail to Crystal Lake (4.9 miles one-way) branches off of the Monarch Lakes Trail at Chihuahua Bowl, passing the remnants of the old Chihuahua Mine near the south rim. It then climbs steeply, providing panoramic views of the southern part of the Mineral King Valley, including White Chief Peak and Farewell Gap. The trail, and the small dam on Crystal Lake were built by the Mt. Whitney Power Company between 1903 and 1905. The Southern California Edison Co. still operates the facility. There is no maintained trail beyond Crystal Lake.  (www.nps.gov)]

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[That’s where we’re headed . . . ]

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[I want to take you higher . . . ]

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[You can find the strangest things at altitude!]

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[An alpine lake]

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[I certainly do remember this part of the CLIMB!]

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[Still going up . . . and in the days before GPS!]

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[He did allow us rest stops along the way . . . ]

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[Distance: 5 miles (8 km) one way;  Elevation: 7,800 – 10,800 ft.;  Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 4-7 hours round trip (not including stops for rest or picture taking).  Stunning alpine scenery, glacial cirques, and seasonal wildflowers await hikers of the Crystal Lake Trail inMineral King Valley. The trail to Crystal Lakes begins at the end of Mineral King Road at the Timber Gap/Sawtooth Trailhead. The 4.9-mile route follows the Monarch Lake Trail as it climbs through the Monarch Creek drainage with views of Timber Gap and Sawtooth Peak.  (www.sierranevadageotourism.org)]

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[The last one and a half miles of trail is steep and rugged. Making up for the difficult terrain are steadily improving panoramic views of the southern part of the Mineral King Valley–including White Chief Peak and Farewell Gap. The trail reaches 10,000 feet then descends slightly and levels for a short distance before beginning the final ascent to Crystal Lakes. At the top of the switchbacks, the dam comes into view. Between 1903 and 1905, the Mt. Whitney Power Company built the trail and small dam. The Southern California Edison Co. still operates the facility. There is no maintained trail beyond Crystal Lake, but sure-footed hikers can climb cross-country to the Monarch Lakes and return via the Monarch Lake Trail to make a loop. Be aware of lingering snow and loose scree!  (www. sierranevadageotourism.org)]

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[Coming back down . . . ]

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[A marmot, real threats to vehices in the parking lot as they eat soft parts of our car!]

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[And now we’re moving on again . . . ]

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[To a large body of water called an ocean . . . ]

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[Heading back up the coast . . . ]

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[Along Big Sur . . . ]

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[Let’s go to the beach . . .  which one, I’m not sure?]

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[Back to the Bay Area . . . ]

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Stanford

[And, as it says above, Stanford . . . ]

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California is an unbelievable state.  One day I might be in a spiritual place like Joshua Tree, then before I know it, I’m eating groovy sushi in a mini-mall.  I’m a Cali girl through and through.  ~  Drew Barrymore

Up Next:  Remains to be seen (stating the obvious)

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to California 1988 (Part 2)

  1. ruthao1945 says:

    Beautiful!

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