What a drive

Trip Start Aug 03, 2013
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Trip End Aug 18, 2013


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

arrived here at three rivers about 5.30pm. pretty much driven most of the day. amazing scenery though. there is no direct route from yosemite to kings canyon, so we had to head west and south to fresno, then east again to kings canyon and sequoia. after fresno our route took us across the san jaoquin valley again, yet more fruit farms and shops by the side of the road. we've certainly stocked up on our 5 a day today. in the distance the foothills of the sierra nevada loomed towards us and we started to climb up and up. the sequoia and kings canyon parks join one another. they seemed a lot quieter than yosemite, our first stop in sequoia park was the general grant tree. it is the third largest sequioa in the world. from there we drove deep into kings canyon. this took ages and ages - actually about 1.5 hours - and we ended up almost at the end of the road at a place called cedar grove were there was supposed to be a canyon viewpoint. thankfully we managed to grab a sandwich and petrol en-route. our arrival at the viewpoint was one of disappointment. the canyon was hardly a canyon, it was an extremely wide valley floor. the river looked extremely inviting and the mountains surrounding the valley were certainly impressive too. at 1pm we turned around and headed back towards sequoia park. it was only on the return trip that we started to see the proper canyon. we had passed it on the way out and not noticed it. d'oh. kings canyon is actually america's deepest canyon. the kings river cuts 8,200 into the canyon. phew - kings canyon tick. i feel like writing to the park authority about this. 

the park roads have a speed limit of 35 mph. just as well, they tend not to have many crash barriers on the twisting and turning mountain roads. while the distances involved are not great the time it takes to get between places mounts up. the scenery is constantly changing as you drive. it is easy to take it for granted. just like yosemite, the scale of these parks, the mountains and trees cannot be captured by photos alone.

we carried on further into the sequoia park heading for the general sherman tree. this is the world's largest living object and measures 275 feet tall and a trunk of 36m diameter. it was good to get out of the car and walk a bit. time was cracking on so we didn't waste any time and pushed on. we saw no mention of the tunnel log - a tree you could drive through - so we keep on to exit the park. like most other park roads, i was thankful for the power steering. crikey bobby.

i was so pleased i booked a motel close to the park exit, so it didn't take us long to arrive, check in and head out for something to eat. pizza tonight, the community of three rivers is a fairly small place, much smaller than oakhurst.

we ended our epic day with a swim in the pool. absolutely lovely. just the ticket. tomorrow we're heading back to the coast. heading due west to monterey. 

crikey i seem to have written a lot tonight.

 

  

 
 
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