Monday, September 13, 2010
Camping in Big Trees
This last weekend my husband and I decided to go on a last minute camping trip. I had wanted to go to Calaveras Big Trees State Park since we first moved here, and even though it's about three hours away, we decided to make the trip.
It was totally worth the drive. We camped in Oak Hollow campground, which is very nice, and there were several available campsites. Our tent was pitched in a young grove of sequoias and douglas fir and the fire pit was large and high enough that we could have a fire despite the dry conditions. We took a short hike along the river trail and spent the rest of the evening relaxing and talking outside. The next morning we made pancakes and laughed at the ground squirrels eating the enormous pinecones that dropped from the douglas fir near our tent.
The next day we decided to hike around in the South Grove, which has over one thousand giant sequoias and is a really nicely maintained trail and area. We heard a bear on several different occasions, twice splashing around a stream and once tearing at a tree trunk.
Because we live in such a highly developed and polluted area, it is so nice to get out and spend the night in the mountains.