In Giant Forest with Webelos Scouts

1:48 a.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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One of my backpacking friends is a webelos scout leader, and he wanted to take the scouts on a hike to identify some trees to satisfy one of their requirements.  So, what better place to do this than Giant Forest?  He asked me if I could come along, and had to twist my arm really hard.

Since it is winter, we could park right by the Sherman tree, so that was our first stop


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They didn't have any specific plans for how far they wanted to walk, so I started them down the Congress trail.  I always like the cinnamon bark of the sequoias.


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Next photo op was at a typical, average mature sequoia


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Then we got to the President, an impressive tree


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From there, I convinced them to go on a longer five mile loop.  Continuing on, we got to a nice meadow.  This is a very dry drought year and there is very little snow.  I have been here in other years with ten feet of snow on the ground.


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Another shot with average mature sequoias, there are a lot of trees like this in Giant Forest.


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We eventually reached the Franklin tree, another of my favorites.


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And nearby, the Washington Tree


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More cinnamon goodness


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The Lincoln Tree


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And the final shot, looking up the McKinley Tree


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The scouts all had a great time, and the five mile hike wore them out.  I guess the silver lining of the drought is that we can take the young scouts on a hike like this in the middle of the winter, but we could sure use some moisture.

2:46 a.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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Absolutely fantastic, thanks so much for sharing!

We have some giant Cypress trees where I live, but not as big as those beautiful Sequoias.

7:24 a.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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Sweet trip John! Just the sight of those grand trees stirs a feeling for me.....

7:28 a.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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Its an interesting place. Without the prospective of people at their bse the trees look like normal tree's. I have yet to make it to any of the giants tree area's though I spent many months in the Yosemite area in the 80's.

Nice shots!

8:08 a.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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Trees are great and all, but I'm more excited to see you folks getting those kids out there to look at them.  Getting the next generations started on the trail is one of the best things we can do for them, us and the trails.  Good job!!

Sorry to see that lack of snow though. Going to be a long year if things don't change out there.

2:45 p.m. on January 26, 2014 (EST)
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Love those trees! I just gave a "fun science" lecture about big and old trees and used my own photos from three years ago. But so little snow...

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