Sequoia National Park, California

My ITMI Tour Director class stopped at Sequoia National Park and we walked around for about an hour.  One of our classmates gave his five-minute presentation there (instead of on the motor coach) because his topic was the difference between giant Sequoia trees and Redwood trees.  Loving photography as I do, when we arrived, I’m rushing here and there taking photos of these amazing Sequoia trees.

When it was time for his presentation, he got choked up trying to impart his emotions concerning the magnificence and wonder of these living things.  He made me stop and really think about how blessed we were to be standing there amongst the largest and oldest living things on the planet.  To think that some are approaching 3,000 to 4,000 years of age is simply amazing!

The giant sequoia is the largest tree in the world in volume and has an immense trunk with very slight taper; the redwood is the world’s tallest tree and has a slender trunk.  Sequoias reach around 300 ft. and redwoods up to 364 ft.

The General Sherman tree is the largest living thing on the planet!

It’s fun to learn something new!

Montecito Sequoia Lodge…Sequoia Nat’l Park

My Tour Director class stayed at the Montecito Sequoia Lodge for one night in October.  It’s located in the Sequoia National Park, California.  That evening we had a bonfire and it was magical!  First, one of our classmates’ topics was Sasquatch aka Big Foot, so having her present at night by the campfire was a perfect setting.  She did a great job and then another classmate who is also a singer, sang O Danny Boy.  She’s Irish and has a lovely voice!  I cried (trying not to let others see me)!  To top off the evening, a man named Frank gave a talk about John Muir, playing the character of John Muir.  He spoke for at least 30 minutes and I was amazed at how he could recite and remember so much!

The next morning, I woke as usual before dawn and watched the sun rise.  It was gorgeous!

The lake on the property was perfect for taking reflection shots of the trees and as the sun came out, I was able to capture some breathtaking colors…

We had a hearty breakfast before embarking on our tour of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nat’l Parks!