セコイア&キングス・キャニオン国立公園 旅行記/Hello from Sequoia and Kings Canyon

パトはいま、カリフォルニア州にあるセコイア・キングズキャニオン国立公園へ旅行に行っています。パトから届いた旅行記を、皆さんにもお届けさせて頂きます。

Hello from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These two national parks are located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, south of Yosemite National Park. The entrance to Kings Canyon is about 50 miles east of Fresno, California. On the way to the park you climb from an elevation of around 1,000 feet to over 7,000 feet above sea level. I drove through a few clouds along the way.

私はセコイア・キングス国立公園のことについては、友人から話だけ聞いたことがありますが、標高がそんなに高いところだとは知りませんでした。雲の間をドライブしていくのは、どんな気持ちでしょうね。

At the Kings Canyon visitor center a ranger told me that a section of the park was closed due to recent wildfires. There were still plenty of things to see though. About a mile from the visitor center is a large group of giant sequoia trees called General Grant Grove. The grove was established as a National Park in 1890, and eventually became a part of Kings Canyon National Park when more land was added later.

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The trail to the grove was a little hard to follow at times because parts of it had been washed away by recent rains. On the way I saw squirrels and chipmunks, and came across a Mule deer and her two fawns.

アメリカの国立公園には私はまだ数カ所しか行ったことがありませんが、その壮大さにいつもびっくりさせられます。動物やたくさんの自然も日本ではあまり体験できないような大きさで、いつも自分の小ささを実感します。

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It’s difficult to show just how huge the sequoia trees are in a photo. They are generally a little shorter than the Coastal Redwood trees, but have a much larger diameter. The General Grant tree is the second largest tree in the world. It stands 267 feet tall (81.5 meters) and has a diameter of 180 feet (55 meters) at it’s base.

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倒れた大木を見ると、私はついその上を歩きたくなってしまいます。川にかかる橋のように倒れている大木なんかは、最高ですね。

Further along the trail there’s a fallen tree that has been hollowed out. You can walk through it like a tunnel. On the way back to the visitor center it started raining and didn’t stop until I arrived at the lodge. I’m spending tomorrow in Sequoia National Park where hopefully I’ll get to do some more hiking and see some more big trees.

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パト

 

パトから旅行記が送られてきたら、またこちらにアップします。お楽しみに!

エリ

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