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Ladybug Adventure at White River Campground


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As you explore the Sequoia National Forest you may happen upon a small colony of ladybugs covering rocks and tree trunks so completely that they are red in appearance. Move your hand toward the red rock or tree trunk and you may have an experience similar to Frederick in the video below.

This beloved and beneficial garden insect definitely becomes more “bug-like” as it creeps down your shirt and up your pants should you happen upon a large colony. Find a colony at White River Campground during the summer and fall, just 30 minutes past California Hot Springs in the Sequoia National Forest.


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Fallen Giant Sequoias Plan, Nostalgic Video Bonus


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Two months after two Giant Sequoia trees fell in the Trail of a Hundred Giants blocking a large portion of the wheelchair accessible trail, the Forest Service has announced a plan to renovate make the trail accessible once again.

Despite the two votes in our household that the Forest Service carve a tunnel through the massive tree trunks (that tower 18-feet as they lay across the trail), the Forest Service has decided to build a boardwalk alongside the lower edge of the trees. The boardwalk will allow visitors to experience the expanse of the Giants as they move across the area that was disrupted by the fall.

The Forest Service released their plan outlining the various proposals to reroute the trail and their decision. The suggestions are mapped in the graphic below, save my suggestion to join the trail between marker #6 and #11 (not that it was the very best idea I’ve ever had and it was delivered via a tipsy “Tweet,” so I didn’t hold a lot of hope for it).

The fallen trees are the big green rectangle, the proposed boardwalk the blue rectangle.

Though my boys were strong on the tunnel plan, we all look forward to a new boardwalk and plenty to talk about in our weekly visits to the Trail. As a memento of our days at the Trail before the fall, we have discovered a video in our family archives — “The Boom Boom Bridges,” bridges I honored in my previous report of the fallen giants.


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Shadows on the Trail of 100 Giants


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Located in the southern Sequoia National Forest, this fully handicapped accessible trail winds through a grove of Giant Sequoia trees. Among these massive trees, a small child runs back and forth across a bridge saying “Boom, boom! It’s a boom, boom bridge!” and, somehow, gets more attention from tourists than the trees.


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Goose Walking Trail Of 100 Giants


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Filed under “you can’t make this stuff up,” this interesting fellow (pictured “flapping” his arms) walked his pet goose along the Trail Of 100 Giants, a grove of Giant Sequoia trees in our area. Maybe we aren’t the strangest people on that particular trail after all.7


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Ladybug Spawning


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We have been visiting a collection of ladybugs at a local creek. I remember visiting this same creek about twenty years ago with friends and excitedly scooping up ladybugs. When they start crawling up your pants, they are definitely more in the “bug” category than in the “aren’t they cute” category.


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Fourth of July Under the Pines


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This parade is a highlight of the year here in the southern Sequoia National Forest. The 4-H club sponsors a parade that is just so quaint, I would travel for it if I didn't live here. Anybody at all can enter the parade as a few of the pictures would suggest, but it is basically all of the locals riding whatever they may choose. The last picture is the deputy scooping horse manure out of the street, not keen with being photographed, he was throwing it right in my direction. I had to jump to miss it.

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Moss On Fence Posts?


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"Mama, look at the moss on the fence post! This must be old moss. It is amazing it stayed on the wood after the tree got cut down!"

(This picture comes to you from Long Meadow near the Trail of 100 Giants in the Sequoia National Forest.)


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“Chitty”


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We removed a large dead oak tree on the property here in the Sequoia National Forest and had to call our friend Dave to help split the huge pieces of oak. Dave showed up with this splitter. As he pulled it up the driveway on the back of his truck, I laughed and said, "Chitty's here!" If you have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the wild inventions of the Dick Van Dyke character, you know what I mean.

This particular Chitty is Dave's invention. Dave commented 'This is not OSHA approved." Now might be the appropriate time to mention that Dave is missing part of his thumb.


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“We Need At Least……Two”


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Our recent discovery of the "lost road" on our property could only happen on property with rugged and wild terrain. (Though it is still a bit embarrassing that it took the Rose Family 27 years to discover it.) My running around with the mountain lions and bears here in the Sequoia National Forest inspired my Christmas gift: a set of walkie talkies. If I hang myself on the 200 feet of rope we have strung up to help us get around the terrain, I can get one last choking message in.

We considered getting a set of five walkies but thought that might be a waste of money. In a moment that may reveal my advancing age, I was processing aloud just how many walkies we need, realizing as well the idiocy of my thoughts.

"We need….at least…."

[giant belly laugh]

"at least…."

[snort. giggle. tears.]

"…two."

What, in fact, is more useless than one walkie talkie?


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Hobbit Sighting, Sequoia National Forest


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Diane spotted them and, luckily, we caught them on camera.

Here are the hobbits coming out of their home:

And a hobbit close-up:

Hobbits are also apparently mammals.

This is how they feed their young:


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