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Sequoia National Park -- May 14, 2012
Sequoia National Park

Day 2
Early morning at Potwisha campsite

Day 2. May 14, 2012. Sequoia NP, Potwisha Camp to Lodgepole Camp.

We got up fairly early, but because of construction delays on the road, decided to try for the 10 AM traffic escort. Thus we lounged around camp, enjoyed breakfast, and birded up along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River following the old flume trail We saw Western Tanagers, American Robins, and even a momma Anna's Hummingbird sitting on a nest.

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Flume along North Fork, Kaweah River

We headed out about 9:30 AM and arrived at the construction road block about 9:50; just in time to relax for a few minutes before we and 50 other vehicles were let through. We drove straight to Lodgepole Campground, set up a site, ate lunch, and headed for the trails. At 7,000 feet elevation, Lodgepole is in the conifer zone where the woods are composed of Lodgepole Pine, Sugar Pine, Red Fir, and White Fir. Here, the trees were so tall that the birds had a huge amount of air space in which to hide, so in contract to Potwisha, the birding here was mostly by ear (we couldn't see the birds in the top of the trees).

We drove over to Crescent Meadow, an area with fond memories of summer days in the meadow, catching biting flies and feeding them to the fish, and harassing Pincushion's three cubs. The meadow and the fish were still there, but we saw no bears. We spent the afternoon wandering the trails, listening for birds (they live in the treetops, so birding by ear was the order of the day), and taking lots of pictures.

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Crescent Meadow

After dinner, we headed out again to watch the sunset from atop Moro Rock, a craggy outcrop that juts into the sky and overlooks the Kaweah River some 4,000 feet below. Driving in, we saw a bear crossing the road. It was a beautiful, blond bear, and it just wandered off into the woods as we watched. Starting up Moro Rock, we had to negotiate with a Mule Deer on the trail, which was odd because why would a deer be up on the rocks? From the top, the sunset colors weren't great, but it was fun to see the crest of the Sierra Range and to have White-throated Swifts zooming around at eye-level.

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Fish-feeding bridge in Crescent Meadow
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Tharp's Log (giant sequoia log used for cabin)
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Climbing Moro Rock
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Sunset atop Moro Rock

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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