Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks are a stunning must-see extending from the Sierra Nevada crests to San Joaquin Valley foothills in central California. Even before you arrive at the National Park gates the diversity of the surrounding landscape takes your breathe away and renders you a bobble-headed dog on the dashboard trying to take it all in. With immense snow-topped mountains, rugged meadows and winding rushing streams, vast caverns and crags, and the world's tallest trees, it's natures playground offering you a myriad of things to do.
Driving through the park in late April, with clumps of icy snow still melting in the shade, we turned the music down in the van, wound down the windows, stuck our heads out and took long slow breaths of fresh air. After battling off bees on the way through
Plenty of Places to Sleep
With plenty of places to camp and park an RV
Bear Box Country
This was our first experience with bear boxes and bear country and it was as terrifying as it was exhilarating! And they're
I found the signage and information boards super interesting here and the walk was a nice stroll down and sweat back up. Unfortunately, the rude tourists who are seemingly oblivious to other people nearly got the best of me here and gave the place some bad vibes for me. We took a walk down to the creek to get away from them all but then saw people walking off the paths, standing on the roots and doing exactly what the signage specifically and frequently told them not to do. It made my blood boil and not even the cute Bambi's about could keep me from wanting to run out of there! I'm not the perfect tourist, but blatant obnoxiousness is so not cool...especially if it's your own country!
Ben at the bottom of the gargantuan Sequoia tree known as General Sherman - the largest tree in the world. They've designed this popular spot well and I especially loved the 102.6 foot circumference of the tree's base laid out in pavers to show a bird-eye view perspective. Although impressive (and the colours spectacular) , I'm fairly certain it's close in size to a tree here in Australia we used to frequent by the name of Big Fella Gum. It actually made me miss home for a minute...that, and the shitty tourists.
Appropriately attired and feeling snow for only the second time ever! The park had only just opened back up for Spring and there was piles of melting snow on the sides of the roads and paths that made everything look just like the movies, but better. To say we were excited was an understatement, though no snowmen were built or snowball fights ensued. But as you can tell, despite the remaining snow, the days were warm enough for shorts and shirts, with the addition of boots and a jacket if doing some on-foot exploring.
Sequoia is one stunning and scenic National Park in the clouds that is clearly cared for with character. From the cute Foothills entry point, every twist and turn is safely edged so you can pull over to drink in the view, and signposted beautifully. Even the campgrounds are so well maintained despite the weather beating they obviously get each year. Australian National Parks are wild and ruggedly beautiful, but I do hope they can be preserved as well when they become as popular as parks like these.
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Been to Sequoia? What did you love most?
It's certainly somewhere I'd go again.
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