Over spring break the family and I took a trip to Sequoia National Park, where I saw the world’s largest tree (by volume) and climbed to the top of Moro Rock. Here are some pictures.
The General Sherman Tree, while not the tallest tree in the world (I think that honor goes to a Redwood in Northern California that is something like 400 feet tall), the General Sherman Sequoia is the most massive tree in the world. Interesting fact, sequoias don’t die of old age; they have very shallow root systems and once they get too big for the roots and soil to hold them in place, they fall over. The tree then dries out and dies from lack of water.
The trail up Moro Rock, while not physically difficult, is rather daunting. Although there are stairs with handrails all the way up, if you were to slip and fall through the railing you would plunge to your death, and there would be nothing you could do to prevent it. I do not recommend this trail for children unless you want to scare the bejeezus out of them and then carry them up and then back down the narrow, steep stairs. I saw entirely too many children on this walk, and every one of them was clinging to their respective parent for dear life. Beautiful views, easy walk, not for kids.