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Giant Sequoia trees and a Crystal Cave!

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Jun. 22nd, 2010 | 12:00 am

Oh gawd, look, DA16 is updating her journal. What the flip is wrong with her? O:

Well anyway. On the 14th of June, my parents dragged me along with them on a trip to Sequoia National Park. I will admit that I wasn't really thrilled at first, but it kind of grew on me.

I got to see the General Sherman Tree: the largest tree on this planet. It is not measured by height, but by the mass of its trunk. I learned that while fire scars have stopped its upward growth, the bark on its trunk still grows outward. It was amazing to look up at, really. I think one of the plaques on the trail had compared looking up at it as if the person were a mouse and the tree were a 6-foot tall human.

I also got to go take a little tour of Crystal Cave in Sequoia. At the time, they had set up some solar powered lights to illuminate the cave. If I recall correctly, something about the cable that ran from the panels to the lights attracted a bit of wildlife and some animals chewed right through the cord. We took flashlights instead. I think the flashlights were a bit better than what it might have been with all these lit lamps around. x3;; I personally think my best experience about the cave was the "lights out." (Even though some of the people insisted on flashing those flashlights every so often.) My eyes felt totally useless, and I could have sworn they were either going to sink into my head or pop right out. It was also so much more easier to listen to the cave in the complete pitch-black darkness.

I also managed to get glimpses of 3 deer and a black bear. (Even though the bear's coat was brown in color.) Lots and lots of bugs as well. I panicked several times because of the large bees up there. Luckily no one got stung, and my dad only got a few mosquito bites.

Overall, it was a great experience and I'm glad I went.

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