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Old 07-03-2022, 12:58 PM   #1
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Trip report: Sequoia after the fires

If you're a Sequoia fan (and who isn't?), you might find this blog post of interest -- lots of photos:

Look, Mom, We're Camping!: Sequoia After the Fires: June 2022
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Old 07-03-2022, 01:28 PM   #2
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A nice read and great pictures. I bet the Big Meadow Creek dip was invigorating (freezing).
I hope to be heading to the area in Early September. Are the showers still closed at Lodgepole? Is the market open?
We were in the Giant Sequoia National Monument last week, near Ponderosa. No TT for that trip. The fire damage was devastating and sad to see. We did not go to any of the nearby Sequoia Groves as we were primarily there for fishing. It was interesting how the fires skipped certain areas and how in some areas one tree would be burned and the tree next to it not. In several areas burned very badly, the Manzanita was already greening up. It seems to be very resistant to fire. We had hoped to see more saplings but we did see that many.
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Old 07-03-2022, 01:35 PM   #3
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Interesting read. Seeing the damage these fire can do can be quite emotional. We were evacuated from a campground in the middle of the night as 2020 LNU lightening fire in Northern California came over the ridge to the west. A couple weeks later after the fire was out we went for a motorcycle ride through the area. It was like visiting another planet. The black and grey planet. In areas there was almost nothing green for miles.

What was fascinating to me was you could see interesting patterns on how the fire burned. There were areas where it had gotten so hot, all that was left was white ash, yet even in these areas you'd see an occasional green tree or bush ringed by green grass right in the middle, almost as if a fireproof bubble was placed over it as the fire swept by.

I grew up vacationing with my family in and around the giant Sequoias. Their sight never failed to awe me. They are magnificent trees, and I always stood there looking at them wondering what they have seen in the 1000 plus years of their lives. To lose those trees to fire would be a very sad sight to see. One thing I always tell myself when viewing that kind of devastation, is we as sentimental creatures see it as a loss, as death, yet to nature, it's merely change, and change is a constant thing. It's neither good nor bad, it just is.
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Wow - you guys have done a lot! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting.

My dad took the family on a California vacation trip June -July 1969. We had a 1966 Holiday Traveler 26’ trailer pulled by a green ‘69 Pontiac Catalina wagon. We did Disneyland on July 4, then went north to San Francisco area. Dad wanted to revisit the area where he came back to the States after WWII. Then we went to Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. It was beautiful and your photos capture the beauty well. One of the nights we were camped in Yosemite, there was a huge fire up on the canyon rim. It was July 10, 1969 and the historic Glacier Lodge Hotel burned to the ground. I have not been back to CA since but it’s on the list. I caught the RV bug from my Dad.
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Wonderful photos, as usual!

Wondering why they would let the logs smoulder?
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They are letting the downed logs smolder because there is no way to get water back into the back country. Muir Grove, for example, is three miles from the road.

I don't know if the showers or the market at Lodgepole were open -- we showered in the trailer and brought our food from home.
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