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The second day at Yosemite, we took a shuttle bus up to the Mariposa
Sequoia grove. Here's Kevin's father standing inside another "tunnel tree". Also notice the large burn scar from lightning just
above his head. These old trees get struck by lightning
regularly, but heal back over. Forest fires normally don't bother them since their foliage is so high above the ground, and, in fact,
they require forest fires to reproduce from seeds. Our efforts at stopping the fires have resulted in so much underbrush, however, that
new fires are so intense that they sometimes damage the trees. Interestingly, the cones of the Sequoias are tiny, normally not as large
as a hen's egg.