In the Land of Giants

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.

– John Muir, Our National Parks (1901)

I’m guilty of spending countless hours on Pinterest and obsessing over national parks but when I came across General Sherman, I knew that I had to see him in person. When time allowed it, Chris and I made a trip to the giant forest – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

General Sherman isn’t quite your average person. In fact, General Sherman is a tree. Yes, a tree. The world’s largest living sequoia tree. He stands at 275 feet and is estimated to have been alive for 2700 years now! How’s that for a senior citizen?!

Following the Sherman Trail, Chris and I decided to do some adventuring and ended up taking the Congress Trail. This trail is a paved loop trail, which began at the General Sherman Tree. At the end of the Congress Trail, you get to see the “congress” – a group of somewhat smaller sequoias called the House and the Senate. McKinley Tree and President Tree were also on this trail. Unfortunately, when compared to the Giant Forest (where General Sherman is located), the Congress Trail is surrounded by hillsides that seems slightly barren. On the bright side, most people come to see General Sherman so this trail is quite peaceful.

After seeing the Giant Forest, we went to climb (rather, walk the paved steps) Moro Rock. This rock is a giant granite dome rock with an elevation at 6725 feet. When we went, the weather was a bit gloomy the rock was completely surrounded by fog.

We wanted to check out the museum but the fog seemed to be getting thicker and with the roads being extremely winding, we ended up heading out. We also didn’t have a full tank of gas upon entering the park so driving to see everything was unwise as the park didn’t have its own gas station – lesson learned! On our way out, we stopped by a local restaurant called River Walks, which boasted of a river view as you ate. The place wasn’t too bad and everything on the menu was affordable.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is absolutely beautiful and is a must see. It cost $30 to get in and the pass is valid for a week. This park is so enormous that spending a day isn’t enough to take all of it in. Already looking forward to the day Chris and myself set foot in this park again.


  • Jane
    April 19, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Wow those trees are amazing! The fog made everything look really atmospheric haha.

    Jane / deluminators

  • Romantiquely Online
    June 3, 2016 at 4:53 AM

    Your photos are incredible! The trees are incredible and the hiking trail looks incredible between all of the thick fog, amazing! xxxxx

  • Angie Sievert
    June 9, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Those trees are huge and absolutely beautiful!!! Would love to hike here soon! 😀

  • Nana W.
    June 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Aw you and Chris are so adorable! And dayumm those trees are HUGE. Such beautiful views too 😀 Btw I love your blog, looking forward to reading your future adventures with your boyfriend!

  • Hazel
    June 13, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Those trees are amazingly huge!Btw, the fog makes the photos dramatic and magical 🙂

  • Kandice
    June 13, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    such a beautiful foggy place! that reminds me, I need to go for a hike 🙂

  • Christine
    June 15, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Beautiful! I loved to hike here as well.

  • Angie Sievert
    January 14, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    ok I know this one's an old entry, but I just love it so much, especially the cover photo *heart eyes*

  • Eena
    January 14, 2018 at 6:35 PM



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