GENERAL GRANT HIKE. Day #3 brought sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s! Whooo HOoooooOOOOooo!
During our stay at Kings Canyon there was a prescribed burn going on so the mornings and evenings were quite smokey…. which made for great sun ray pictures!
We took advantage of the clear weather and did the hike to the General Grant Tree which was a 1/2 mile from our campground. This was our first glimpse of one of the BIG trees. General Grant is the third largest tree in the world. It started growing before the Egyptians built the pyramids. Yes, it’s true. Along the trail there were several fallen trees expanding our minds as to the enormity of these specimens. In the middle of the trail the 7-year-old girl that was with us randomly announces to no one in particular, “This is a great place to shuffle” and proceeds to do the shuffle right there on the pine straw. Priceless.
No, there will be no photo essay of General Grant…. my camera batteries died on this hike. Bummer, dude. But we did sit on the hill above Gen. Grant and broke out our nature journals and drew the immense fire scar on the tree’s back side. While we sat there drawing, coloring and munching on beef jerky, groups of tourists came by from France. We spoke with a few of them, but their English was about as good as our French. About 90% of the people we met during our week stay were from France. We still don’t know why….
Deer were plentiful in our campground and all around the parks. These timid animals were not afraid of people or cars. Sad. Our girls were playing on the jumbo fallen log in the meadow behind our camp when a group of four deer came near. The girls froze and whispered to each other as they watched the gentle animals graze. Eventually one of the teenage boys yelled and the deer took off. Nora had never seen deer run before. She came scooting over to the camp and proclaimed, “Mom, they don’t run. They bounce!“ So cute!
Please stay tuned for the upcoming episodes of Kings Canyon Camping.