セコイア&キングス・キャニオン国立公園 旅行記②/Hello from Sequoia and Kings Canyon vol.2

パトから届いた「セコイア&キングスキャニオン旅行記」の2日目です。朝は雷雨で目が覚めたようです。お天気が心配ですが、どうだったのでしょうか?

I woke up this morning to the rumble of thunder and the sound of heavy rain. Fortunately the weather cleared up a bit after breakfast and I was able to see more of Sequoia National Park.

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My first stop was the Giant Forest Museum in the southern section of the park. The museum is in an old building that used to serve as a market for travelers. It shows the history of the park and acts as a starting point for several trails.

幸い、雨は上がったようで良かったですね。雨上がりの国立公園も、風情があってとても良さそうです。

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From the museum, I hiked to the Big Trees Trail which loops around a small meadow. There are sequoias all along the edge of the meadow, but not in it because the soil is too wet for them. The roots of sequoia trees are relatively shallow and they can fall over if the ground becomes too soft from a lot of rain.

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この写真はパノラマで送ってくれたんですが・・・。小さくなっちやいました。壮大な景色の迫力がお伝えできずにすみません。。。

After the Big Trees Trail I walked to Beetle Rock, a granite dome that looks out over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When I got there, clouds were just starting to drift into the valley. They moved so quickly that within a few minutes, the view completely disappeared.

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My next stop was to see the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree, by volume, in the world. The path down to the tree is fairly steep which makes the hike back up a little tough, especially in the high elevation. Fortunately, the path is well paved and there are benches along the way where you can catch your breath.

標高が高いところでのハイキングは大変そうです。休憩できるベンチがあるのは嬉しいですね。

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Before heading back to the lodge, I drove through the Tunnel Log. In 1937, a giant sequoia fell across one of the park roads blocking to way to the Crescent Meadow. The following year, park had a hole cut in the tree to allow cars to pass through it.

こういうトンネル、ワクワクしますね。自然の偉大さを感じます。

I have a few more things to see in Sequoia National park tomorrow before heading up to Kings Canyon again.

パト

パトの旅行は、もう少し続きます。また明日お楽しみに!

エリ

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