I was worried we would get in trouble with no chains but Will as usual was unfazed so we continued on to the visitors centre. It wasn’t the best visitors centre but we had a look around and asked about what we should do with the food in the car while we camped. The Ranger advised that we put it in the bear locker but it all sounded too much like hard work for us I don’t think they realised how much food we carry in the Dodge. We wondered what the big RV’s did but didn’t end up asking.
From the visitors centre we drove further into the park and stopped at the giant tree museum where we learnt about the way the Sequoia trees can survive fires and how this is part of the natural cycle that makes way for new trees to grow. The park now conducts routine burns to continue this cycle in a controlled manner. The road to the Moro Rock lookout was closed which apparently makes the road a trail and guess what, while you can take dogs on roads you can’t take them on trails. So we left Scout in the car and walked down the lightly snow covered road and then up the few hundred stairs to the lookout. As you can see from the photo the view across the valley was pretty magical. Afterwards we walked to Tunnel Tree before driving over to the big daddy Sequoia tree called General Sherman; it’s the worlds largest tree by volume. We walked around the tree and admired it’s huge fire scars then queued up with the others tourists to get a our tree photo which had its difficulties given its size and it was entertaining watching everyone use different techniques to get their shot.
Hope my blogs haven’t been too much about all the bad food we’ve been eating.
Rochelle & Will