We woke up Saturday morning in Calaveras County. By 10:30 a.m., we were exploring Calaveras Big Trees State Park's North Grove.
Among other things, we came here to see the most massive tree species on Earth, Sequoiadendron giganteum.
Once widespread on Earth, this relict species survives today in fewer than 100 groves up and down the west side of the Sierra Nevada.
We also came to find fall color.
After watching National Parks recently, I think we all felt keenly aware of how close we came to losing the Giant Sequoias altogether.
We are fortunate that we did not, and we can be thankful for it.
Just wait until you see the South Grove...