A Whole Different Scale

After a night of rest, we were right back off to Sequoia National Park.  This time a little further norther in King’s Canyon and Grant’s Grove…another day of incredible scenery.  The drive from Visalia started with acre after acre of several different fruit farms: oranges, grapefruits, grapes, and several other trees we didn’t recognize.  Then the base of the mountain that ultimately took us into the park; the 6,000 ft climb simulated a drive from North Carolina to Canada.  The drive started at a comfortable 60 degrees and ended around 30 degrees with several feet of snow, all over the the course of about 30 miles.  The prize at the end of the climb…the giant sequoia trees.  So impressive, they seemed like leftovers from the days of dinosaurs.  I kept seeing pterodactyls out of the corners of my eyes.

Advertisements

About bhoefen

Going on a road trip.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to A Whole Different Scale

  1. Cousin Mike says:

    Local Weather Alert
    Winter Storm Watch for Warsaw, New York
    From 4:00 AM EST, Fri., Feb 25, 2011 until 6:00 PM EST, Fri., Feb 25, 2011

    ——————————————————————————–

    Issued by The National Weather Service
    Buffalo, NY
    Wed, Feb 23, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
    … WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

    * LOCATIONS… ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK.

    * TIMING… FROM EARLY FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

    * HAZARDS… HEAVY WET SNOW.

    * ACCUMULATIONS… POTENTIAL FOR 6 TO 10 INCHES.

    * WINDS… NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH BACKING TO NORTH DURING FRIDAY.

    * VISIBILITIES… TO NEAR ONE QUARTER MILE IN HEAVIER SNOW.

    * TEMPERATURES… NEAR FREEZING AT FIRST… FALLING SLOWLY INTO THE 20S.

    * IMPACTS… A SLOW FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE.

    * FORECASTER CONFIDENCE… HIGH SOUTHERN TIER TO FINGER LAKES… MEDIUM BUFFALO TO ROCHESTER AND NORTH COUNTRY.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THAT HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE. IF YOU ARE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA… REMAIN ALERT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

  2. Carol burke says:

    LOVE the new camera! What type was it again?

  3. Cousin Michelle, Mario, and Simona says:

    Had to share this… thought you guys would like it…
    http://www.artofflightmovie.com/

    • Bret says:

      Very inspirational! It’s 10:25 PM in Fresno right now, and I’m ready to go do something. Can’t include fireworks, we’ve determined they aren’t legal in California.

      • Cousin Mike says:

        Brett, when did you have time to film this movie?

        And more importantly, how did Michelle see it first?

      • Cousin Michelle, Mario, and Simona says:

        Mikey- sometimes your little sister is one up on you….. hard to believe as I am not up till 5:30am so that give you a whole hour and a half to beat me to a good post!

  4. Cousin Mike says:

    When I saw the guys lighting off fireworks, I laughed out loud at 5am!!! If you didn’t film this movie, you’ve certainly done some similiar things!

  5. HP says:

    Silly but true story… I once had a student named Sequoia. She was all of 4’10”. 🙂

  6. Debbie says:

    Greetings Road Warriors!

    I am listening to my printer chuffing along to print out that beautiful picture of Shannon sitting amoung the wildflowers. Ok, this “wall of Bret and Shannon” in my office is getting a bit crowded. LOL! But Shanny–what a beautiful picture! I LOVE IT!

    On that note–can ya tell my sister hates snow from that KGB/Russian attire and attitude she’s showing standing in front of the snow? DOS VEDONYA!

    I’m so envious of the both of you for getting to see these wonderful sights and the images are gorgeous!! I can only imagine what they look like with the naked eye–it must be breathtaking.

    Curious minds want to know–after the concert this weekend..where to next?

    Love you both so much *MUAH*

    Sissy

  7. ELISA says:

    Amazing pictures. Keep on riding on a good direction!!!

  8. Marianne Borrelli says:

    Love the pictures. I’ve never been out west……only Vegas. They put another place on my bucket list to visit. Hope today was your best day!

  9. Cool shots, Bret!!! So much variety and beauty in this country. ^_^

  10. Pingback: Giving the Journey Heart and Soul | Bret Hoefen – My CCS Story

  11. Pingback: Steel Magnolia « Blog Archive « Ai.Me.Be.

  12. Pingback: Steel Magnolia « Ai.Me.Be.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s