Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Trees

We went to Calaveras Big Trees National Park. The kids have never seen the giant sequoias before and were suitably impressed. Charissa missed out since she's in school this year, and Robin missed out since she was camping in Yellowstone with a friend.

Here's the girls sitting on "The Big Stump" with the cut log end visible to the side. The grooves you can see were made by the miner's drills since there were no saws big enough to cut the tree. The tree was felled in order to take a cross section to San Francisco as a side show.

This next picture is of the kids standing in the bottom of a fallen tree. (Sorry for the blur.)

Here's Katie standing on a fallen log.

I have a few more pictures on Flikr here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fairy Houses at the park

The kids make these during a trip to the park about a month ago. (When it was still warm!) Unfortunately, the fairies who live in them are very shy, and wouldn't let us get a picture of them.

The one above is Karli's, and below is a close up of it.

Next is Jessie's:

And Josh made one too, with Robin's help: