Yosemite National Park / Mariposa Grove / June 21, 2011
#63. Hug A Giant Sequoia Tree: While we were in Yosemite back in June, Matt and I spent a day hiking among the Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove. The trees in Mariposa are the easiest Sequoias to get to in the park, so as you can imagine the trees closest to the parking lot were very popular. There were fences around those trees protecting them from their thousands of yearly visitors.
As with any trail, the further we got, the fewer people we saw. We didn't have to hike more than a couple of miles before we were completely alone with the trees. These trees were just as tremendous, but far less visited so there were no fences surrounding their roots (which can stretch as far as 100 feet from the trunk.)
We had lunch with one one of the largest trees in the park (who I also hugged) and then posed with this smaller, but still giant beauty.