We’ve all seen the famous photos of the drive-through tree in California. When we were younger we marvelled at the fact that a car could actually drive through the centre of a giant sequoia tree. Unfortunately the famous drive-through tree toppled over decades ago due to the fact that man cut a hole in it, but the size and scope of the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove in Yosemite cannot be denied.
There is still a sequoia tree in Yosemite that has a path cut through it big enough for a horse and carriage to pass through, but as it was surrounded by excited tourists taking their photographs in front of the opening, we took in the beauty of nature.
If you walk to the upper groves of the forest, you will encounter few tourists and have the sequoias to yourself and witness the largest trees on earth. The Sequoia trees of Yosemite are not the tallest trees in the world nor the widest trees but when you combine the two together and they make up the largest trees on the planet. They are truly massive and I can only imagine what it was like for Galen Clark; early pioneer and activist who not only discovered the grove but lobbied to protect it and turn it into a national park, when he laid eyes upon these sleeping giants for the first time.
The United States lead the way in setting aside plots of land for protection and it is the work of people like Galen who helped preserve much of the great treasures of the world. Without the vision and the foresight of the early settlers of Yosemite, we may only be hearing old wives tales about big trees that once stood on earth.
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