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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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Two Fallen Giant Sequoias at Trail of a Hundred Giants


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Two centuries-old Giant Sequoia trees fell three weeks ago at the Trail of a Hundred Giants, southeast of Visalia forever changing the Trail’s natural rhythm. The Trail welcomed about 5,000 visitors each week, many of whom would only visit the Trail once. Counted in those 5,000 people were my two young sons and me who visited the Trail at least weekly from our home in California Hot Springs.


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Trail of 100 Giants Fire


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The Trail of 100 Giants — a protected grove of Giant Sequoia trees — caught fire around July 21. None of the redwoods were lost. Here is some of the aftermath as the fire fighters managed controlled burns to burn down some of the fuel.


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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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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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Limbs on a Tree


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On Thanksgiving Day, we took a hike at the Trail of 100 Giants and saw something none of us had ever seen or even considered: how tree limbs are constructed. Notice the star-like design in the picture. Those are cross-sections of limbs. In the lower part of the picture you can see the ends of the limbs, where they came out of the tree trunk.


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Last Peek Until 2010


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The road to the high country closes here when travelers start getting stuck in the snow. Last week on the first snow, we headed up knowing that it could well be our last glimpse of the Giant Sequoias for the season. Indeed. As we returned home, we noticed that the road was closed.

We would like to extend a special "thank you" to the two drivers apparently using their learner's permit, who got stuck on this road. But it was likely worth the $200 fine. It was gorgeous.

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Trail-in-snow

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