Thursday, September 5, 2013

A visit to Sequoia National Park

I really enjoyed Sequoia National Park because of the big Sequoia Trees, all the rivers, and the cave. We drove up a windy road that went high into the mountains until we reached the Sequoia Trees. When we neared our destination, we saw many tall sequoia trees, with really wide trunks. We hiked up the trail, and when we stood next to the sequoias, we looked like tiny mice. As we continued up the trail, we saw a big boulder that fell, and attached to the sequoia. They looked like a married couple. These trees were my favorite part of Sequoia Tree National Park, and they brought beauty for many people to see.

 Another part of Sequoia that I really enjoyed were the Indian Head River, the Potwisha River, and Hospital Rock River. Our first stop was the Indian Head River, where we hiked down to get there. There weren’t many people there, and we didn’t spend much time there. We crossed the rocks with our grandfather, and swam a little bit. Our next stop was the Potwisha River which was very good for swimming and we had a wonderful time.  Our last destination was Hospital Rock where there were numerous people.  It was our favorite because you could cross the rocks, jump from boulders into the water, and swim. The water was very refreshing, after a hike to get there. I will never forget these rivers, and there unique features. 

The last day of our stay, we went to a cave. We hiked down a long strenuous path to the cave. During this hike, we saw a small waterfall.  Inside the cave, it was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but we were prepared with our warm jackets. It was also a very wet cave, and there was water dripping from the ceiling, and puddles on the floor. While walking around, we saw many stalacites hanging from the ceiling. Our guide led us into many different rooms that were all very unique.  In one room, our guide turned off her flashlight, and it was pitch black. She told us that the person who found this cave thought it was ugly because he couldn’t see anything. When she turned on the lights it was a beautiful room with a small river flowing on the side. I will never forget our trip to Sequoia, and the beauty of the places we saw.  

In the evenings, after spending the day exploring the park, we played chess in our cabin. There was not much else to do at this time. so my grandfather, me, and Miriam would play a game of chess.

Have you ever been to Sequoia?


  1. Dear Sarah,
    We are glad you all had fun and you will remember this trip. Your pictures looks very good and it's nice to see you all smiling. May be next summer we can travel again with you.
    Did you like Yosemite as much as Sequoia National Park?
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene

    1. Dear Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene,

      Thank you very much for spending your time to leave me a wonderful comment. I hope to travel with you to Sequoia Tree National Park again. Maybe next summer we can go again.

      From your granddaughter,

  2. @ Sarah,

    Wow! What a magical trip to Sequoia you had! I went so Sequoia National Park a long time ago, but I don't remember a cave or the rivers you visited. Perhaps it is time for Mr. Yollis and me to return. One thing that prevents us from traveling to national parks is Buck. You are not allowed to bring dogs on the trails of national parks. :-(

    Giant sequoias are amazing trees. Did you know that they are the world's largest tree? They can grow to be over 270 feet, and I read that a record tree was measusred to be over 300 feet high. That's tall! They also live to be quite old. The oldest tree was believed to be over 3,500 years old. That's a lot of birthday candles! :-)

    Who picks your vacations spots? I like their taste!

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you for spending your time to leave me such a lovely comment. I really appreciate all of the long comments you always leave one my blog.

      My grandma picked this vacation because every year, she used to take my mom there when she was little.

      Your Former Student,

      P.S. I'm sorry that I didn't respond to your comment sooner!

  3. Sarah
    I really enjoyed reading your recount about the Sequoia National Park, there were some amazing examples of nature on display there. The caves look interesting and I couldn't really believe the size of some of the huge tree's that were there - we have some equalivents here in New Zealand - the Kauri springs to mind and I know the very biggest would be about that size but it was quite amazing.

    Having said that - I have also just read Mrs Yollis comment about and I didn't know that they were the biggest tree in the world!!! The facts and information that she has applied are amazing. Three and a half thousand years!

    Sounds like you had an amazing time there- I will share this with my class later.

    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

    1. Dear Mr. Webb,

      Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment! I really appreciate all of your long comments you leave on my blog.

      These older trees are amazing. I hope one day you can visit the US and see them for yourself.


  4. G'day Sarah,

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  5. Dear Sarah,

    What a wonderful time you had at Sequoia National Park with your family. I too enjoy reading all about it. I have never been to Sequoia but after reading your blog post I sure would like to one day. Here's hoping that one day I will.

    What a wonderful sight it would be to see the biggest tree in the world. Your photos were great to it really made this post come to life.

    Thanks for sharing it with us all Sarah.
    Take care,

    AA :)

    1. Dear AA,

      Thank you so much for spending your time to leave me such a lovely comment. I really appreciate all of the wonderful and long comments you always leave on my blog.

      I'm sure you will really enjoy Sequoia Tree National Park if ever get a chance to go.


  6. Dear sarah
    that trip sounds amazing and ur familey must love the outdoors. this story is so cool.
    from tessa( NZ)
    P.S we are going to beat you in the americas cup

  7. Thank you for spending your time to leave me a comment. It was an amazing trip, and I hope we go there again. I hope you visit my blog again.



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