France Tour 2015

Northern California's Finest 
Day 7

A the W Menu Day: TD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SS

This is part 5 of the story of our trip, this part is from Denver to Las Vegas, USA  in May/June of 2015.  It was part of a round the world trip that
included France, London and the USA (New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)

This is day 7 of our tour with Globus, Northern California's Finest

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Day - 7   Sequioa National Park - Monterey    Day-2
18 - June - 2015
Globus:
Spend more time this morning exploring these magnificent parks, which now protect nearly half the remaining sequoia groves in the world. See the General Sherman Tree, spend time at the Visitors Center, and just relax in one of the most beautiful settings you'll find. We then continue across the farmlands of California to the coastal town of Monterey for a 2 night stay. (B)
It was only 5 minutes to our first spot for the day, the General Sherman Tree.  But there was a lot to do so we still left early.  We took the Sherman Tree Trail down through the sequoia forest to the General Sherman tree - the biggest living tree in the world. All the other sequoias looked very tall as well.  After a few photos we headed for the main road and took one of the free buses to Moro Rock.  This is a granite monolith and offered dramatic 360deg views of the mountain ranges.  We then got the next available bus to Crescent Meadow, where our tour guide had said a previous tour some 5 days before had seen Black Bears.  We almost missed the turnoff as it was just a unmarked dirt track heading of the main paved track.  Some 100 metres in we spotted a bear  some 100 meters away and walking away from us slowly.  Exciting!  We moved on and soon enough came across another black bear just off the track, maybe 20m away.  We stopped walking and started taking photos.  He was moving towards us and then slowly moved away and so after 10 minutes we decided to complete the Meadow Circuit walk and get back to the free bus pick-up point.  Half way round we wondered where our first bear had got to?  Nearing the end we met a couple who said the bear had crossed our path and headed bush and was nowhere to be seen now.  We walked on and in the end had to rush to make the bus pick-up, getting back to our tour bus just on time. 

Map:   SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - MONTEREY - 242 M, 5hr 4min, 389km

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Sherman Tree Trail - Squirrel Sherman Tree Trail -  Entrance Sherman Tree Trail - walk views
Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail - walk views
Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail - walk views
Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail - walk views Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree - The biggest tree in the world
Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree
Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree
Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree Sherman Tree Trail -General Sherman Tree
Sherman Tree Trail - view Waiting at Moro Rock Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
   
Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk Moro Rock walk
     
We're off on a Bear hunt They said they hang out at Crescent Meadow Crescent Meadow - View
     
Crescent Meadow - walking track Crescent Meadow - Fish in the stream Crescent Meadow - view
     
Crescent Meadow - what's that? Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
   
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear! The  Bear is heading away to the other side of the meadow
   
Crescent Meadow - view of Sequoia Wow!! another Bear - Very close - some 20m away Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
     
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! - heart racing! Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
     
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
     
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Wideangle lens shot Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
     
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Crescent Meadow - A Bear!
     
Crescent Meadow - A Bear! Time to go back now Sequoia are big trees Crescent Meadow - The other side of the meadow
     
Crescent Meadow - view Crescent Meadow - Where did that first bear go? Crescent Meadow - Sequoia and other pines
     
Crescent Meadow - Sequoia and other pines Crescent Meadow - Sequoia and other pines Crescent Meadow - Sequoia and other pines
     
Back in the bus heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey
     
Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey
     
Heading to Monterey - Taco Man Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey
     
Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey
     
Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey
     
Heading to Monterey Heading to Monterey Monterey, our hotel is just up the road

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A the W Menu Day: TD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SS