Cross middle section of the US to California trip 2016 travel blog

Hollow tree


Sequoia near the park entrance

We left Fresno, and headed to Sequoia National Park today. We paid 2.59 a gallon for gas, and thought that was a good deal for California. Later is was as high as 3.69 a gallon. We were able to get it for 2.96 a while later. We passed a canal, and orange groves (they were picking too). There were lots of brown eyed Susan flowers and they were about 7 feet tall in places. We drove through Squaw Valley, former Olympic site, but didn't see much there. A lot of the evergreens were brown, which I assume is a result of acid rain. There seemed to be more of them here than back home. At Kings Canyon near Sequoia, which we were also in for a while, General Grant's Tree is the 2nd largest tree in the world. It is 267.4 feet high above the base, the circumference at the ground is 107.6 feet, the diameter is 4.5 feet. I referred to it as a redwood in my pictures on Facebook, but it is a Sequoia, also known as Sierra redwood. Our information pamphlet, describes the difference between Sequoias and Redwoods. Sequoias grow to 311 feet, live to 3,200 years, weight up to 2.7 million pounds, bark is up to 31 inches thick, branches are up to 8 feet in diameter, and bases are up to 40 feet diameter. Redwoods grow up to 379.1 feet, live to 2,000 years, weigh up to 1.6 million pounds, bark is up to 12 inches thick, branches are up to 5 feet diameter, and bases up to 22 feet diameter. Another interesting fact is how small the cones are, with redwood being like a large olive, and sequoia like chicken eggs. It was funny to see such small cones from such big trees. On the trail to see Grant's tree, we were able to enter a fallen and hollow tree. There were stairs in a couple of places so you could walk down through it. After viewing the tree, we drove down into the canyon. Oh, joy! More steep, windy roads on cliffs. Then we headed towards Morro Bay. We went by huge orange groves that went on for miles. We stopped at a little fruit stand and bought 4 oranges. They were really sweet. We also went by some Halo, tangerine trees, some corn, and lots of grapevines. It was very flat there. We wanted to stop in Hanford for the night, but the RV park owners were out of town, with no one covering for them. So we decided to go all the way to Morro Bay. One farm had lots of goats grazing. For a while, 41 South was mostly farmland and straight roads, with mountains in the background. Below Kettleman City, we started hitting dune like hills/mountains. The wind was absolutely fierce. The road was one of the bumpiest that we had been on. Where 41 and 46 are one road, the traffic was pretty heavy. Once we split off and were only on 41 south, it was such a horrible back road. You would not know it was a major route. The road was narrow, and winding, and went up hill and down. We were happy when it finally got a little better. Anyways, we were very happy we hadn't found a park in Hanford, as the one at Morro Bay is awesome. It is right across the road from the Pacific Ocean. There is a huge rock in the ocean, that is connected by a cause way. It is really nice here. We're staying 2 nights.

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