Sunday, September 6, 2009

Calaveras Big Trees

We headed out this morning, bound for Calaveras Big Trees. I hadn't been there in years. We used to camp there when I was a kid. They have really big trees (ha ha ha), no seriously, REALLY big Sequoia trees. There are other sorts of trees too, but they do have some Sequoias. The boys were very interested in the size of the trees, both height and width. I have to admit that it is pretty breathtaking.
Soooo tall!
Calaveras Big Trees has this really big stump. It used to be used as a dance floor, a long long long long time ago. We really couldn't figure out just why people thought it necessary to cut this tree down in the first place. It is over a 1,000 years old-or it WAS. As you can tell, it is rather popular.
The boys at the bottom of a big Sequoia. Kevin walked around one which was about 27 paces! Sequoia trees are one of the tallest trees in the world. I have to say, these were impressive. I can just imagine what Sequoia National Park is like! We plan to visit there sometime soon.
There was lots of climbing in and around trees today.

A bear! When we pulled into the park, the ranger gave us a brochure about the bears in the area. It was hysterical. One part told us what to do if a bear approached us. It said that we should pick up any children, stand tall and yell, "BAD, BEAR!" and then it directed us to change our shorts after our encounter. We were laughing so hard. We couldn't believe that it actually said that. Quinn asked why we would have to change our shorts and we had to explain to him that sometimes when you are scared, you poop your pants. He had an aha moment, and then he laughed and laughed and laughed. Hysterical. The bummer was that we didn't get to put any of the advice into work-we saw no bears. Shoot.

After Calaveras Big Trees, we made a stop in Murphys to walk around the town. We had yummy ice cream. Then we made a strange stop in Copperopolis. It's this little newly built downtown area. It's really cute, and there were people out singing and dancing in the little park. It's just in a very strange place-middle of nowhere. Cute though. If you want to see all of the pictures from our day, go HERE.

Word of the Day: Bonus. We get a bonus day off tomorrow! Whoo hooo!

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