Saturday, September 14, 2019

General Sherman vs. General Grant

Moro Rock
When our gr-daughters were off for spring break, we invited them to go on an adventure to see the Sequoia trees in Yosemite, California. We all had wanted to take this trip for some time and this was a perfect time.

Winter in the mountains had been strong with snow still piled high in the mountains. It was outstanding.


Sherman tree, largest in the world by mass. Girls showing true selves, and all that.


Grant tree, 2nd largest. There was too much snow to get to see it.


 I fell here, but then I fall everywhere.

Snowball at sister. Never been around snow before.

We thought this dog was big...

...until we met this Great Pyrenees. 


This is what we expected, given the info provided by host. Rustic.

This is what we saw when we got out of the car.
Neighbor said it had burned down 10 days ago.

Then the owner pulled in, saying that he didn't know this had happened until he received notification from fire department. He said we could stay in the other two rustic apartment, but there was no electricity.
We asked what we could do. He said that he would rebuild. 

The neighbor told us about Camp Nelson Lodge in Springville, CA,  about 10 miles away.

It was awesome. Truly awesome.

It did remind me a little of The Shining hotel in how perfect it is.
Apparently this entire mountain has areas known for hauntings, which we didn't know at the time.

The entire lodge is pristine, no dust anywhere. I checked. Hmmmm.


40 comments:

  1. A great many of the photos are not showing up for me, but from the ones I can see it looks like you all had amazing time, well apart from falling over.

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  2. Goodness, that must have been a disappointment when you saw the burned out place you had planned to stay. Still, it looks like the sisters had fun and you got to stay in the Shining Hotel (grin).

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    1. Honest--it had that ghosty feeling.

      We had an amazing time, one that they will remember when we are long gone.

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  3. All of the photos showed up for me.
    Soooo much beauty. Tinged with heartbreak. And courageous fresh starts. (I hear you on the falling front too).

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    1. It must be one of my talents. I have some crazy bruises and scrapes. Will go to Dr. soon.

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  4. Even though this is about trees, Sherman was my favorite general of the civil war.

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    1. They both were amazing men for an amazing time.

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  5. WE enjoyed the photos. Never heard of this before, showing up for a reservation and the place BE GONE.
    I would guess that the alternative was even better than the original plan.
    Glad you guys had a great time. it is always fun to see someone in the snow for the first time....
    Love from NC
    Sherry & jack

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  6. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how large those trees are or that your lodge was burned before you arrived. Glad that you had a great time regardless. Your grands are lovely.

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    1. We had so many events that we will never forget.

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  7. What a shame about that lovely lodge. And then to be lodging with spooks. A vacation to remember.

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    1. In retrospect, the little apts were pretty dismal. So all was well.

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  8. It looks like you made the best of a difficult situation, and had a lot of fun!

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    1. A retired teacher knows how to think "on her feet". We had an amazing time. God was in it all the time.

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  9. The Sequoias are amazing. I guess bigger trees mean bigger dogs...

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    1. The redwoods grow to be quite old. These were estimated to be 2,500 years old.

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  10. What a shame that perfect little cottage burned down. I'd love a chance to see those trees personally. I once saw a Great Pyrenees, and having never seen one before wondered what on earth it was. A dog? Something else? They are beautiful.

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    1. Her head filled the window, filled it! Her owner said she was the smallest of the 3 he owns. He said she weight about 125 lbs., the others 160.

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  11. Oh what a fun dear Susan :)
    your granddaughter is so pretty :)

    you made me worry and laugh when you told me about falling thankfully all remained great

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  12. Such wonderful experiences for you all, and those amazing trees. Thank you for sharing 🌹

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  13. Another "win" for Booking.com, I guess...

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    1. He definitely won. I'm guessing that the old man tore it down.

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  14. My grandpa's last name was Sherman so we've went to see the Sherman tree a few times when I was a kid. Those Sequoia tree's are huge.

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  15. Those trees just don't look real they are so huge. What a shock to have your place to stay a pile of cinders. Glad you were able to salvage the trip but could you really sleep in that Shining hotel? Shiver.

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    1. We slept in a lodge hotel room about 50 yd. away. But, we would have loved to see one of the lodge rooms.

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  16. Shame about the fire. Glad it worked out anyway.

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    1. I am, as well. It was definitely an adventure. God provides.

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  17. Finding your lodgings burnt to a crisp must have been a shock. I went to Yosemite in April once. Brrrr.

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    1. We were stunned, it was almost like a joke someone was playing on us. But, God provides.
      We knew it would be cold, were ready for it.

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  18. I think it's beautiful there and I can't imagine trees that large or old. but your cottage you were to sleep in was a bit of a shock i'm sure. Glad you are found a place to get warm and lay your heads. Great photos!

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  19. Good looking girls. Looks like they had a great time.

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    1. We had so much fun. As they grow up, we adapt to the fact that we grow old. Great combo.

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  20. Those trees are gigantic! Wow! It looks like it was a great trip. I would have opted for a place with electricity too.

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    1. Yes, being able to have heat and light was important.

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