Saturday, May 14, 2011
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
This is a 100 mile long scenic drive through the Sierra National Forest with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We had to drive from Coarsegold to get on the byway in North Fork, CA., which was about 20 miles and we just drove a piece of it today. We passed an interesting wood sculpture on the road on the way to North Fork. This statue was to honor the Eagle and Coyote clans of the Mono Indians who settled the North Fork area. It was carved from a single sugar pine tree. North Fork advertises itself as the "exact center of California", so I guess it is!
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. We just decided to get in the car and get out onto the road. The day we chose to drive started out with dreary gray overcast skies, which quickly became fog as we climbed to higher elevations.
We saw many HUGE trees, some were sequoias, we think, some were incense cedars, and some were something else! But there were many giants in the forests as we climbed ever higher. Check out the size of this pinecone!
The smaller trees were just beginning to show their buds and they were very pretty, too. Not sure what kind of trees these are, but they were so beautiful....they kind of look like oak leaves but the color threw me, they really were this beautiful rose pink.