On our first day, we drove through Kings Canyon National Park that actually connects to Sequoia National Park. We saw Kings Canyon's most famous tree - The General Grant Tree. Then we paid homage to the largest tree in the world - The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia Park. We hiked to the tree and back to the parking lot, the trip that took about an hour, and then started our long descent to our hotel.
It's hard to capture the size of a sequoia tree in the pictures. They are simply gigantic. But... we are spoiled living so close to coastal redwood trees. Smarty treated us to a lecture on differences between sequoias and redwoods but, in all honesty, sequoias don't look that much more majestic than redwoods. Still, Smarty was in paradise despite the heat (so much for the weather forecast of 68 degrees, it was actually closer to 80), crowds, and long rides to and from the hotel. It was really great to see her so engaged in this trip - we are joking that we need to have her write 2,000-word essays more often about various locations to get her fully on board with our travel plans.
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