Redwood Forest National Park-California: Einstein07

The Redwood Forest National Park is in the Northern part of California.  It has some of the world’s tallest and widest trees. When we went, there was a beautiful, quiet path through the nature. There were often little caves in the trees (that is how big the trees were!) that we entered. On the path there was a big, yellow slug just lying on the side on the path! Some of the trees (a few/a couple) are over 300 feet high (and 2,000 years old)!!! One third of the trees’ water comes from fog!  I dressed like a lumberjack for this trip. Redwood trees have a lot of “tannin” in them. Tannin is a chemical that is used in tanning leather.  It makes the tree very resistant to water, fungus and bugs.  Even when a tree dies, tannin covers it to protect it, so it almost looks burned.  Redwoods don’t burn easily in forest fires because of this either.  Almost 96% of the Redwoods have been chopped down.  They only exist here in the Pacific Northwest, and a different species is found in China.  They are not the biggest trees (sequoia beat them there) but they are taller! 

Eureka, CA and the Northern California Coast along Highway 101: Sparkle Kitten

The California coast is different than the east coast because it is much colder and the waves are bigger. There are much less people on the northern part of the coast than the southern. There is a lot of fog that comes off of it and provides the nearby forests with 1/3 of their yearly water supply. Eureka means “I found it”. We are in gold country. Bigfoot is rumored to live in the forests. We didn’t see him but we know he’s out there!

Robbed in Redding, (CA!): Einstein07

Our car got broken into in Redding, California and lost a lot of stuff, however, we feel bad that anyone had a life that was so indecent that they felt that they had to break into people’s cars to keep themselves going. If the person that robbed us is reading this (an improbable chance of that but still a chance) you are truly very clever if you can break into people’s cars but why not use that cleverness to apply for a better job? Please read our (stolen) journals and use the money from my Nintendo and my mother’s Nikon cameras to apply for a college.

California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA: SparkleKitten

The State Capital of California is Sacramento.  This is the State Capitol Building.  It’s open seven days a week.  There are beautiful lawns here filled with trees.  Most of the trees have a plaque showing what kind it is.  There are also fragrant roses and flowers.  Inside the Capitol there are mosaic tiles.  One is of Minerva and a bear.  Minerva, a Roman Goddess, was chosen for the California State Seal.  It’s because she was born, fully grown, with full clothing and body armor from Jupiter.  California was admitted to the United States fully as a state, with no probation period as a territory.  The bear on the State Seal is for the “Bear Flag Revolt” when a group of American Settlers in 1846 fought against Mexico and said California was a free republic.  The word Eureka above the mosaic means “I found it” in Latin.  Some think it refers to the Gold Miners striking it rich.  The Capitol building has a lot of the original furniture from the Governors offices, and pictures of past Governors including Ronald Regan who went on to become President.

Yosemite National Park, California: Einstein07

To the left you can see the Mercedes River which runs through part of the park.  It’s very fast in parts, with lots of rocks.  I don’t know if you’d want to raft in THIS specific spot.  I think your boat would turn over. This is me after I got all WET in Bridal Falls.  Yosemite National Park is in the High Sierra Mountains in California.  It has over 4 Million Visitors per year.  There are huge waterfalls almost everywhere you look.  It’s supposed to be the only place where this many waterfalls are all so close together.  The water comes from melting snow, so when we were here in the spring, they are the largest.    These mountains and valleys were formed by glaciers and are mostly made of granite rocks.  Granite is a metamorphic rock. (that means it’s made by combining different kinds of already existing rock to make a new rock, using heat and pressure)  This is a picture of me reading in front of one of my favorite rocks.  There are many quiet trails here where you can find clear, cold streams and lakes. This is a tent cabin.  It’s part tent and part cabin.  There are beds inside so it’s pretty comfortable, but there’s no heat.  We had a community shower everyone shared which was pretty good.  We didn’t see any bear or coyote so we got hats to fill in. In Yosemite, you can feel very small! In Yosemite you can also feel very BIG like I did when I held this tiny, white cricket.  There are places you can rent a bike and ride.  It’s faster than hiking and more fun. I made a boat out of a pinecone and watched it flow down the stream.  Yosemite means “those that kill” or “killer” in the Native American language.  It’s said the original people that lived here were run out, and were referred to as “those that kill”.  Abraham Lincoln originally signed an order that protected Yosemite Valley from development.  Later the National Park Service added a lot of land and now it has over 700,000 acres of wilderness.  You can come here and climb the “Half Dome” or just stand at the bottom of a waterfall and get wet like we did at Bridal Falls.  Either way, you’ll have fun.  If you bring a book and a few games it’s a very nice place to relax.

Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain, 1835-1910, Book Review: Einstein07

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Consider well the proportions
of things: it is better to be a young
June-bug than an old bird of paradise

Very Truly Yours
Mark Twain

Nov./24, 1905


Mark Twain was an Author. In his life, he made many mistakes but he did succeed at points. At one point in his life; he (almost) went bankrupt. He had to renew his old career of lecturing to support himself. One of his books was “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and another was “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Mark Twain wasn’t his real name; it was his pen name. His real name is Samuel Clemens, however, he signs his name like this:

S. L. C. Mark Twain

Earlier in life, he was a article writer. He made funnies. When he wanted people to come look at his papers, he did this:

Murder Streak! Fifty Men Died!

Unfortunately, this event hasn’t happened yet so check back in later volumes for further conclusions.

(End of story)

Author: April Prince-Star Rating out of 5: 4.33


Streets of Bakersfield, CA; Buck Owens; CA Central Valley: Einstein07

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We are in Bakersfield, CA which is in the Central Valley of California.  This is a stretch of land about 60 miles wide and about 450 miles long in the middle of California in-between the High Sierra mountains and the Coastal mountains.  If you drive through here you will see all sorts of crops and animals.  We say lots of things:  Holstein cows, wheat, orange trees, grape vines, strawberry bushes, and what we think were almond trees.  There are lots of other crops grown here.  Half of the fruits, vegetables and nuts for the United States are grown in the Central Valley of California.  One famous person from here is Buck Owens.  Buck Owens was a country music star.  He was born in Texas near the Oklahoma border to a poor family.  He ended up having to pick fruit to make money.  He then moved to Phoenix.  Finally when he was 21 he moved to Bakersfield, CA and wrote a song about what he later adopted as his hometown.  This made Bakersfield famous.  It isn’t very big, but it’s nice in parts.  The weather is good and there are farm fields with huge groves of trees near here.  You can hear the song “Bakersfield” by Buck Owens on another post I have on this blog.  The Central Valley looks like these photos

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Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, California: Sparkle Kitten

The General Sherman Tree is the largest living tree in the world (not the tallest, or the biggest around, but the largest)  It is over 2,200 years old.  The General Sherman tree is about 275 feet tall.  We were at negative 284 feet elevation at Badwater Basin in Death Valley, so if you put the two together it almost evens out! We went from over 100 degrees in Death Valley, to Snow in Sequoia National Forest at about 6,000 feet elevation

Looking up among giants in Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National ParkCaptain Charles Young was the third African American to Graduate from West Point.  He said that the worst he could wish for his enemy was to make them a black man and send them to West Point.  On a more positive note, later, he is credited with saving the Giant Sequoias in this park.  After serving as a Buffalo Soldier in the American-Indian wars, and other battles he was assigned to this National Park to save the trees.  He led the campaign to quickly build roads in the High Sierra Mountains, ending at the base of Moro Rock.  Wealthy Americans had begun to flood to this area to see the trees, and they were destroying the trees and their root systems by coming up into the mountains in wagons.  By building these very difficult roads, the trees were saved.

Views from MORO Rock, which we climbed! I saw a Peregrine Falcon diving up here.  A raven also flew about four feet over my head.  Einstein07 found a nice nesting spot in some rocks and took in the view.  He also saw a huge colony of ants moving the eggs in their nest.  Image result

Image result for auto log sequoiaMoro Rock…Great Views of the Sierra Mountains and more as you can see! On top of the “Auto Log” which is also pictured in the old photo below….

cluster of sequoiasGiant Sequoia photo from the National Park website..


The Auto Log, Giant Forest [Sequoia National Forest]Old picture of the same Auto Log we are standing on…

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are adjacent to each other.  You can visit both at the same time, which we did.  You really need about 1 or 2 weeks to really enjoy this place, but we had to take what we could.  There are groves of huge Sequoia Trees in both parks.   This National Park is one of our favorites.  There are lots of Granite Rocks here, which is what Einstein07 wants.  There are also lots of nature trails, and lush green surroundings which are what I want.  We have this on our list to come back and hike a lot more.  Maybe we’ll camp so we can just stay for a while.  We saw a cool snake on this walk, and a huge army of ants on another one

No Daylight Savings Time in Arizona (Except the Navajo Nation): Einstein07

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We know we’re out of Arizona and into California now, but we meant to post something about Daylight Saving’s time!  Arizona (mostly) does NOT observe daylight savings time.  They are on mountain time, all the time, and when the rest of the nation moves their clocks forward they stay in the same place.  In Arizona, they think they get enough sunlight and heat, so in 1968 they opted out of the Daylight Savings Time system to “spring” forward in the spring.  The only exception is the Navajo Indian Nation which is here.  It’s a Reservation, and on this reservation they DO observe Daylights savings time.  This is complicated by the fact that the HOPI Indian Nation surrounds the Navajo Nation and they DON”T – so you could be driving along and have your time spring forward and fall back at different “times”.  Funny?  Yes!  and NO!? Confusing mostly!  California is on Pacific Time, and everyone here seems to sleep late so it doesn’t really matter but they DO use Daylight Savings time here!  (You have to bring your own bags to the grocery store, though or PAY for them = but that’s a different CALIFORNIA story!!)