February 27, 2013

Day Trip: Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The weather has turned so spring-like that it's hard to believe we took these wintry pictures just a few weeks ago.

We wanted Alice to see a little bit of snow before it melted (though there might be some left even now), and lots of local friends have recommended Calaveras Big Trees State Park, so we decided to check it out one weekend morning.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

At about an hour and a half northeast of Stockton, it was a manageable drive with a preschooler. (Even one who's prone to car-sickness). And once there, we found an easy enough trail for her to walk.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The park was created in 1931 to preserve a grove of giant sequoias.

I'm sure we'll be back - campsites open up this weekend, and it looks like the park and its supporters maintain a busy schedule of spring and summer activities - including some for kids and families.

Calaveras big Trees State park

And here's a tip: On your way home, stop at The Red Apple, just outside of Murphys. (May I suggest turnovers and hot apple cider?)
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