Must Read: KING TAHOE hits KINGS’S CANYON, Sequoia…

Ok, I really hope you read this…

A week or so ago, Kathie read an article in a Whole Life Magazine about King’s Canyon in the Sequoias. The writer was Abigail Lewis. She described King’s Canyon exactly the way we felt the last time we went, but revealed some things we hadn’t heard. And it inspired us… So, Kathie started cleaning our camping gear and off we went last Thursday, thanks to Abigail.

About a 4 hour drive due to some road closures and hiney hairpins. But King Tahoe rules and this was his final roadtrip before the big pimpin,’  it was no problem. We found a site in the Azalia Campground just inside Grant’s Grove off highway 180 out of Fresno. Right away, the tress were impressive. Big. No… BIG. As in about 150-200 feet high in some cases. Above was the Four Guardsman that are the first thing you see. We did a lot of cool camping things like swimming at Hume Lake, Hiking Grants Grove to see the General Grant Tree and other unbelievable sites.

But here’s the real story…

About 1200 B.C., a tree started growing. A tiny Sequoia. Tiny in size, but massive in spirit. It was so strong, it past right by some dood named Jesus’ lifetime to enter into the A.D.’s. So big that it survived the Middle Ages, Elvis Presley, raging fires, massive flooding rains and torrential winds over and over and over… for 3200 years.

Until one day in 1893…

In that year, about a hundred men converged on that tree. They called it The Noble. These men could not believe their eyes when they saw this 300 foot monarch behemoth. It took thirty men, hand to hand, to circle it. It was also so large that they felt no one would believe them. So…

They cut it down… Hollowed out a section and sent the 52 foot tall cylinder (in pieces) to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. And what did people at the White City think?

They thought it was a HOAX. So… the men went back, along with thousands of others and cut down the entire grove. Thousands of trees. 150, 250, 300 feet tall, having been alive for centuries.

But what happened to The Noble?

Someone put a silly roof on top of it, shipped it to Washington DC for a while as a “tree House” until after the war, then it ended up where the Pentagon is now. And it disappeared… Gone forever.

And the rest of the tree? It became toothpicks… because when a 300 foot tree hits the ground with such force it can be heard for miles, it breaks apart into small pieces. Too small for traditional lumber. Only furniture and toothpicks…

 

 

It’s now called The Chicago Stump. And it stands alone amidst other trees, growing free.A reminder of what was lost and a serious statement on what men are capable of. But this is not written to blame them, because those men needed jobs. They needed to feed their families and survive. In a way we’ll never know.

Now, some may call me a tree hugger because I have feelings for things that have lived just a bit longer than I have. Or that I care too much about our environment. And if that’s the case, then I accept. But I have a challenge for you…

Go to King’s Canyon and look at the Largest Living Thing on Earth. And if it doesn’t affect you in some way as to ask yourself how we fit into the scheme of life, then you win. I’ll wear a “Tree Hugger” T-Shirt in shame all day long.

But if it does affect you. And you do “feel” something for it. …For it’s struggle to survive. …For it’s oneness with spirit. The same feeling you have inside you to express, then… we all win. And for this, I thank you.

More Camping Pix. They seem a bit less important now, but the joy we felt was awesome…

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