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Sequoia National Park -- May 16, 2012
Sequoia National Park

Day 4
Liz at entrance to Dorst Campground

Day 4. May 16, 2012. Lodgepole Camp to Lodgepole Camp.

We didn't get up and out too early this morning, but after Liz fixed another grand camp breakfast, we headed a few miles north to Dorst Campground where Liz had worked two summers so long ago. The campground was still closed for the winter, but we had another nice hike down memory lane. The Park Service rebuilt the campground during the years we were away, and the paved parking, fancy restroom, and dedicated tents-only-no-generators sections must be a real delight to campers. We saw lots of birds in the quiet woods (e.g., Green-tailed Towhee, Fox Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and White-headed Woodpeckers), and we saw a momma bear with two cubs. They didn't care much for us and ambled off into the woods staying ahead of my camera.

Day 4
Dorst Campground resting during winter closure

Back at camp for lunch, Liz noticed another momma bear with two cubs in the campsite next to ours. With camera in hand, we chased them into the woods, but not before momma let me know that enough was enough with loud vocalizations and a short false-charge.

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Liz with her friends, Sarcodes (aka snowplant)

After lunch, we returned to the Sherman Tree Trail, but continued on the Congress Trail. There were so many huge trees that eventually one almost gets used to them, but around the next curve in the trail, another stands against the sky, forcing another stop to gaze skyward in awe. Along the trail, we saw yet another bear, this one not to happy about people with cameras. Lucky for us, it wandered away from those people and towards us, giving us another nice view of a wild bear doing wild bear things in the woods. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the woods, listening to birds high in the trees, and trying to capture the grandeur of the area on film.

Back in camp; another bear. This one came across the edge of camp intent on eating as much grass as possible before I bothered it too much.

Day 4
Giant Forest
Day 4
Giant Forest
Day 4
Jim in the Giant Forest: they really are giants
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Fate of four sequoia cones: food for douglas squirrels

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