To escape the fumes from the paint, the dust from construction, and the 100+ degree heat, we took a field trip to the mountains only to dicover that the smoke was so overpowering that we could not stay in Kings Canyon. This was the first day that Grant’s Grove (shown above) had even been open to tourists. The historic lodge at Kings Canyon had burned a few days ago and most parts of the park were still off limits. However, we were able to head east and find a good picnic site in Sequoia National Park near General Sherman, the world’s largest tree. It was heart breaking to see how many of the beautiful trees in the park were dead from the drought and all that goes with the stress of inadequate water.