Today, we headed to the east side of California so we could see the giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park. The drive was not for the faint of heart…
It was a beautiful morning to get the RV ready to go! Carla noticed that the giant shrub next to the Jeep is actually a rosemary plant. It’s humongous! There are several of them around the park
Before heading out, we stopped by Rancho San Miguel, which is a Hispanic supermarket that we had been to the last time we were here. We went there to get Old Home English muffins, which we had last time and they were awesome! They happen to have only one pack of them left! We have never been able to find them online for sale.
We got on the road and took Highway 198 east from Highway 101 over to Three Rivers, CA. I did not research this route, and it turned out to be pretty terrifying! I also lost cellular service and could not work, so I drove this leg of the route.
if you look in the photo below, you will see a very thin line going across the mountain range. That is the highway we took. Not fun! Super tight roads with big drop offs, falling rock warnings, narrow road warnings, and steep grades. It is an RVer’s worst nightmare! Didn’t get many photos, especially of the worst sections, because we were too stressed out just keeping the RV on the road. Carla was sick to her stomach,
Had we known how bad the highway was, we would have skipped this segment altogether.
After the mountain section, we were on super flat farmland for a while. Nice break!! In the last 10 mikes to the RV park, the road went up into the mountains again, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the other mountainous section.
We finally made it to Sequoia Campground and Lodge! It’s a dusty little park, but we had a great pull-in spot facing a creek.
We watched a mama duck try to get her ducklings up the rapids, but it was just too hard for them so she turned back. Really neat to watch! Our cell service is bad up here, so I can’t upload a video of the ducks right now.
We then went to the pool so Tripp could swim.
Today was an amazing day! We set out to see the biggest tree in the world and it was well worth it! The tree is named General Sherman, and it lives in Sequoia National Park within the Sierra Nevada mountains south of Yosemite. The drive took us up to 7000 feet with narrow roads on the edge of mountains almost the entire way! I do not like heights, so this was a terrifying drive! It sure was beautiful though!
And this is where we had a disaster. Avin slipped and fell pretty badly. His knee was scraped up pretty good and was bleeding a lot. We didn’t have any bandaids with us (we had a first aid kit in the truck, which was a steep 1/2 mile away). I only had a tissue and water. We washed it a bit, but it kept bleeding and he was in pain. He and Carla headed back to the truck while Tripp and I went down to see the tree up close. Poor Avin! He was ok with only having seen the tree from that point, and I’m glad he got to at least see it. He left some blood neat General Sherman today!
We ended the day watching the premiere episode of Alone! This season takes place on Grizzly Mountain…what an appropriate place, given the bear warning signs we saw today!
2 thoughts on “Out West 2021 – Part 3 (Sequoias)”
Holy cow!!! I hate roads like that even in a car (remember Mt. Evans😱😱)
Glad you got through it safely. Hopefully others will read your blog and avoid it completely.
Yeah between the terrible road yesterday in the RV and then this one today, we are ready for some easy, flat driving!