As Bay Area residents, we often get visitors who want to tour California, see the City, the Coast and of course the Redwoods. About 12 years ago, a Swiss couple came to visit, and inquired where they could see the big Redwoods. My dad steered them away from Muir Woods and toward Sequoia National Park where you could experience the really big old trees. After a few martinis, he insisted on calling them by what he thought was their Latin name "Sequoias Giganticus." This has been a running joke in our family ever since.
So a couple weekends ago, my dad and I went on a photo weekend to Amador, Stanislaus and Calaveras Counties. We stopped by the "Big Trees" National Park to picnic. I took a brochure so we could figure out what kind of big trees were in the park.