kings canyon np

The largest trees in the world, giant sequoias can stand more than 250 feet tall and grow over 30 feet wide at the base. These huge trees at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California are dressed for Christmas in their winter finery. Whatever your holiday tradition may be, we hope you enjoy a season of peace and joy. Photo courtesy of Susan Mapson Schleppenbach.

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Day 13 - from Charlotte Lake to Junction Meadow by Brandy Hartley
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This may have been the earliest I got in the tent to relax and get ready for bed

Happy 125th birthday, Sequoia National Park! The nation’s second national park was created on September 25, 1890. Established to protect some of the few remaining Giant Sequoia groves, these towering trees are the largest living organisms on Earth by volume and can live over 3,000 years. Standing at the base of these massive trees is an experience no one can forget. Photo courtesy of Ed Cooper.

Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for free on Friday and Saturday. In honor of Sequoia’s birthday, both parks are waiving entrance fees on Sept 25-26!

Hume Lake, Kings Canyon NP

this place has so much meaning for me. it’s where I spent a year and became a Christian, it’s where I met my husband and almost all of my best friends. We worked here for three summers, camped in these woods, kayaked on this lake, wandered through these mountains, ate milkshakes on the lawn, went star-gazing on the dock.

a few weeks ago, a bolt of lightning started a fire in Kings Canyon. the fire has since burned over 21k acres and is completely uncontained. There are over 1000 firefighters working hard to get it under control. The people who live and work at Hume have just been evacuated, as the fire is getting closer and closer. if you’re the praying type, please please join me in praying for the firefighters, for the people who live here and might lose their homes, for the beautiful creation being destroyed by this fire. this place has changed so many lives for the Kingdom, mine and Zach’s included. I would not be a Christian if it weren’t for this place. please pray for Hume!