|Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park|
No, the largest living thing on Earth isn’t your Great Auntie Esther "pre-diet" like you’d thought as a kid.
It’s the Giant Sequoia.
Taller than the Statue of Liberty. (This is an actual fact.) More massive than, well, it’s just unbelievably WIDE all the way up. Think of driving an SUV through the trunk with room to spare.
Get thineselves to the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite National Park.
See these giant creatures for yourselves. Touch them (those that they let you.) Worship and admire them.
They are 2000+ years old. And to be amongst them puts perspective onto any over taxed, over worked, over revved, over ego-d person’s place in this world. We are but blips in something much larger. Literally.
If you go, absolutely positively pay the extra for the tram that takes you through the grove – it’s only an hour. It’s full of information that is current and fascinating (not a cheese-ball soundtrack from the 50s.) And the kids really, really relax and enjoy it, which is key in this chaos-ridden lifestyle of ours.
Trees to look for:
- Clothespin Tree – completely hollow, fires have burned out the middle of this tree and you can see a hundred+ feet up through the center of the tree. Cool.
- California Tunnel Tree – one of the few trees you can touch and walk through.
- The Faithful Couple – two giant sequoias whose trunks fused at the base and work together to grow and thrive. So romantic. Something to ponder for us couples.
- The Grizzly Giant – the 25th largest tree in the world, 30 feet wide – the Grizzly takes the breath away with it’s massive presence and “branches” the size of regular trees.
There is a mystery in these trees' presence. And there is a spirituality. You just can’t help but feel….. peaceful.
Like a good friend AH said of the tree: it’s like a Monk’s robe – a tinge of orange, flows at the base, and gently powerful. How lovely.
Namaste & Three Cheers -a
For more info: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mg.htm