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This is one of those moments where the destination is worth the journey.
Have you ever been to a family reunion, where grandpa or that sage that’s sitting in the corner on a chair, and the children gathered around his feet as he starts to tell stories of yesteryear? That is Sequoia.
Sequoia has got wisdom, and you’ve got these huge trees. And they’ve been around forever. The Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, the Civil War, Columbus, they were already old trees by that time. If these trees could talk, the stories they could tell…
I think this one’s expecting.
When you fell down, did anybody pay any attention?
All bark. No bite.
The oldest of these trees is known as General Sherman. People come from all over the world to get their pictures taken with him.
This monarch is over 275 feet tall, more than 25 feet in diameter. To give you an idea, that is one foot over 25 feet. And pretty close to 2,500 to 2,700 years old, which makes it the largest and oldest living organism on our planet.
Do you want to travel and see the world? Well, come to the national parks because the world is coming here.
Around 1857, a man by the name of Hale Tharp sought out the help of the Yocha Tribe to help him navigate his way through these very hills. Here, he discovered these magnificent towering trees that the Native Americans called Sequoia.
And he hollowed out a log much like this one, and then, he lived in it.
A man by the name of Robert Fry, when he came to this area as a logger, cut down several of these trees to make a living. But when he did, he had this feeling in his heart, and he was changed because he felt like somehow, there was a spirit and a respect about this trees that garnished protection.
So that’s what happened. People went to work to protect these magnificent organisms. In 1916, Charles Young and a group of soldiers came here to protect these trees. They became the forerunners of the National Park Service.
The guys with patches on the side that tell you, “Do this. Don’t do that. Don’t throw that over there. Make sure you stay on the path. Don’t walk around the trees and film.” Those guys. So now that the national parks are 100 years old, we can only hope that our children will have the same experiences we’re having today.
I have no idea what kind of music we are going to use to capture this moment, but you get a good understanding of how marvelous symphonies are written from moments like this because this is truly awe-inspiring.
You really need to be here to get a feeling of how huge these things are.
When you went to Sequoia, maybe you saw maybe Snow White and the Seven Dwarves dancing around in your head with all the animals because that’s what it feels like here. It feels like any minute, an animal is gonna come out from the woods and just start talking to you. It has that magical feel of a cartoon.
Wasn’t that amazing? Those massive trees reaching up into the heavens, it was kinda like grandpa at a family reunion, sitting in the corner. You go gather around his feet and listen to tales and stories of yesteryear. That’s Sequoia National Park.
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