Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sequoia and Kings Canyon - Hume Lake

After setting up the tent at camp ground Sunset which is very close to Grant Grove Village, we went out for a quick view of Kings Canyon.

 First stop, Panoramic Point, which is a 7,520 foot overlook located northeast of Grant Grove. Accessible via a short drive (road open in summer only). The first impression after arriving is view of this big rock.

Second stop: General Grant Tree

The General Grant tree at Kings Canyon is the third largest sequoia tree in the world and is estimated to be more than 3,000 years old.  Located in Grant Grove, the General Grant tree was nicknamed the Nation's Christmas Tree by President Calvin Coolidge, and remains one of the most popular attractions in Kings Canyon National Park.  Annual Christmas services are held at the base of General Grant, which provide visitors and park staff with fantastic photo opportunities and the chance to enjoy the majestic tree dressed up for the season.

Third stop: Hume Lake

Hume Lake is an artificial lake, it is on Tenmile Creek, which flows into the Kings River. The surface elevation of the lake is 1,585 m (5,200 ft). The 87-acre (350,000 m2) lake lies behind the world's first concrete reinforced multiple arch dam, designed by John S. Eastwood and constructed in 1908 by the Hume-Bennett Lumber Company. During lumber operations, the lake stored logs for an adjacent mill and supplied water for a flume used to transport the cut lumber to Sanger, California.
Hume Lake Christian Camps is the largest facility at the lake, which traces its origins to 1945, when the founders met in the nearby valley town of Dinuba to discuss plans for a Christian Bible camp. On January 9, 1946, 320 acres (130 ha) of lake shore property were purchased to create the camp, including the Hume Lake Hotel, store, service station, post office, 22 cottages, and 22 boats. Soon thereafter, in the summer of 1946, 670 campers and 15 volunteer staff attended conferences at Hume Lake. Since that first summer in 1946, more than 900,000 young people and adults have attended the camp for worship, religious studies, and recreation.

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