Calaveras Big Trees State Park (CA) - January 2000

On the way to Bear Valley, CA, there is a state park named Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It is home to three groves of giant sequoia trees. When we went for our pseudo-annual trip to Bear Valley in January 2000, we stopped to take a look. It was kind rainy that day, so the pictures aren't so great. Still, you get the feel for the size of Sierra redwood trees (aka giant sequoia)! Hard to believe that people cut these amazing trees down just to prove that they exist! Hopefully our pictures will prove to be an acceptable alternate for you.

Goranka with her parents in front of "The Big Stump". This tree was cut down, and today you can walk on the stump. The large dark area behind them is the rest of the tree!

Goranka's parents in front of a sequoia that has fallen down

Goranka's parents in front of the same fallen tree as in the previous picture - this time showing more of the size of the tree.

Goranka's parents in front of the tree named Father of the Forest

An early practice to demonstrate the size of the trees was to cute a tunnel through the base. Needless to say this isn't particularly good for the tree, although they do manage to survive.

These are young giant sequoias that are growing in an area that has experienced a fire in the near past.

A giant sequoia.

The top of this tree has fallen off following a lightning strike.

The top of this tree has fallen off following a lightning strike.

Goranka and her parents in front of a giant sequoia.

Goranka's parents showing just how wide these trees can get!

Goranka's dad holding up one of the cones from a giant sequoia.