Gene and Heather Trek the Globe

21 July 2014

Marmots!

Marmots!

21 July 2014

Forest of the Giants, Sequoia National Park

Forest of the Giants, Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

Hiking amongst the Giants in Sequoia National Park

Hiking amongst the Giants in Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

Leopard Lily in the Forest of the Giants

Leopard Lily in the Forest of the Giants

21 July 2014

Leopard Lily, Sequoia National Park

Leopard Lily, Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

The “Room Tree” and a lovely chandelier of leopard lilies in the Giant Forest region of Sequoia National Park. If you walk along the trails just a short distance away from the crowds at the popular General Sherman Tree area, the forest becomes serene, and you are surrounded by sublime meadows of colorful wildflowers, magnificent Giant Sequoia Trees, and fluffy, curious marmots.

21 July 2014

The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, the largest known tree on Earth.  It weights 2,100 tons, stands 275 feet tall, and is over 100 feet around at the base.

20 July 2014

We gained 7000 feet of net elevation over 3 days of hiking, then lost much of it in one long set of switchbacks heading down into the valley from which we started.  Somewhere amongst those trees at the bottom are day hikers and ranger stations and our dusty parked car.

We gained 7000 feet of net elevation over 3 days of hiking, then lost much of it in one long set of switchbacks heading down into the valley from which we started.  Somewhere amongst those trees at the bottom are day hikers and ranger stations and our dusty parked car.

20 July 2014

Our loop is almost complete.  The last day’s hike out brings us a good view of The Sphinx high up on its granite perch.

Our loop is almost complete.  The last day’s hike out brings us a good view of The Sphinx high up on its granite perch.

20 July 2014

Day 6 on the Rae Lakes Loop:  Large-leaf lupine and bear sign.

20 July 2014

Day 5 of the Rae Lakes Loop: Hiking along Bubb’s Creek, full of rapids and waterfalls, then having dinner at a quiet spot along the river by Junction Meadow.

20 July 2014

Looking south from the trail towards Forester Pass and, eventually, Mount Whitney.

Looking south from the trail towards Forester Pass and, eventually, Mount Whitney.

20 July 2014

Beautiful blue alpine lakes nestle in basins below Glen Pass, Kings Canyon National Park

Beautiful blue alpine lakes nestle in basins below Glen Pass, Kings Canyon National Park

20 July 2014

Coming down the other side of Glen Pass, switchback after switchback, while Jeffrey’s Shooting Stars flower along the streams.

20 July 2014

We made it!  Standing at the top of Glen Pass, Fourth of July, 2014

We made it!  Standing at the top of Glen Pass, Fourth of July, 2014