Yesterday we drove up to Sequoia National Park on a road that put us in mind of Highway 129 between Tennessee and North Carolina known world wide at the "Tail of the Dragon". One notable difference was the road in Sequoia gained more altitude and on the way down was a constant 8% grade.
Looking down from a switchback to previous switchbacks
Looking back at the road
Unlike the drive to Yosemite this drive was beautiful and scenic with many flowers and yucca plants in bloom.
The bloom of a yucca plant
Look close and you will see all the yucca plants along the embankment
Typical roadside flowers
One interesting thing was a portion of the road once went thru a natural rock tunnel but later construction routed the road around the tunnel. The "Tunnel Rock" is now an attraction where everyone stops for a photo.
Notice the double yellow line of the old road
Us at Tunnel Rock
When we reached the area where the General Sherman tree is located it was 45 degrees and the altitude was approximately 7000 feet. The General Sherman tree is claimed to be the largest living thing in the world by mass. There are trees taller and some older but none have the total mass of the General Sherman tree. The top of the Sherman tree is dead so it no longer increases in height but does add mass each year. The Sherman tree is 2200 years old and was almost 200 years old when Christ was born.
Yours truly at the base of the General Sherman tree
A composite of the General Sherman
A neighbor of the General Sherman
Walking between two Sequoia
Pam plays hide-n-seek
Sequoia named Sentinel in front of museum
Road thru the forest
Imagine walking thru a forest of large pines and them coming across a Sequoia as depicted in the following photo.