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Jun 21, 2010 - Kings Canyon NP (Day 2) - A Spectacular Canyon

(Ron Writing) We drove east on highway 180 all the way to the end of the road near Zumwalt Meadow. This stretch of highway is called the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and is one of only a few roads in this large national park. Most of the park is wilderness and only accessible to hikers. It was a beautiful day for a drive and the scenery along this route is awesome. John Muir ranked it right up there with Yosemite. The Kings River is running very high and swift. There are miles and miles of some of the most wild white water in the country....

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Jun 20, 2010 - Kings Canyon NP - Back Again!

(Ron Writing) On Tuesday our friends, Herb and Fritzi, invited us to dinner at the very nice dining room where they live at Walnut Manor. Friends John and Viv, who also live there, joined us for dinner so we had a very nice visit with them also. Elena was able to wrap-up her medical appointments on Thursday and much to our relief the consultation and tests revealed no problems. On Thursday evening Barbara and Archie invited us to have dinner with them and we enjoyed some very delicious beef stew that Barbara made. On Friday morning we...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Garden Grove, CA - Visiting Friends in CA

(Ron Writing) Last Friday morning we left our very nice campsite in Kings Canyon and drove to Bakersfield where we spent the night at the Sam’s Club parking lot. On Saturday morning we continued south to Orange County California and to our friends, Barbara and Archie, who graciously allowed us to park in their driveway again for a few days. We need to take care of doctor appointments and it also gives us a chance to spend some time with friends in the area. On Sunday we attended Sunday School with our Homebuilders Fellowship group and...

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Jun 10, 2010 - King's Canyon NP (Day 5) - A Walk In Grant Grove

(Ron Writing) The visitor center WiFi was still down this morning so we drove about 7 miles to a spot along Hwy 180 where we could get a cell signal to make phone calls and get on the internet. After lunch we took a short hike to the part of Grant Grove where the General Grant Tree and several other very large trees are located. Our campground is also in Grant Grove and there are several sequoia trees right in the campground but they aren’t very large compared to the General Grant and his buddies. It was very cool today – only got up to...

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Jun 9, 2010 - King's Canyon NP (Day 4) - Exploring Converse Basin

(Ron Writing) This morning we stopped by the visitor center hoping to use the WiFi but it is still down. The guy in the coffee bar said they are having a “major problem”. We packed a lunch and headed east on highway 180. We’ve been to this area several times over the years and have seen all the major attractions so today we decided to check-out a couple new areas. A few miles east of Grant Grove we turned north on a narrow dirt forest service road. After a few miles we were in the Converse Basin which was the largest grove of giant sequoias...

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Jun 8, 2010 - King's Canyon NP (Day 3) - Azalea Campground

(Ron Writing) This morning we went over to the visitor center to use the WiFi but it wasn’t working and late this afternoon they were still working to get it restored. We needed to make some phone calls so we drove about 7 miles to a point along Hwy 180 where we could get a cell signal. We took the computers along but forgot to bring the cell modem so still didn’t get on the internet. This afternoon we built a nice campfire to cook our dinner of veggies and turkey burgers. Then we tried out our new sticks to make strawberry long cakes. They...

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Jun 7, 2010 - King's Canyon NP (Day 2) - Azalea Campground

(Ron Writing) The weather was beautiful again. We went over to the visitor center this morning to use the WiFi since we don’t have any cell service in the campground. We decided to spend the day at home catching up on some minor repairs and little odd jobs. I made two sticks to use for making strawberry long cakes. We hope to try them out tomorrow. I also added a latch to the spice drawer in the kitchen and repaired one of the lawn chairs.

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Jun 6, 2010 - King's Canyon National Park - Azalea Campground

(Ron Writing) Yesterday we left Park Sierra and headed down Hwy 41 to Fresno to restock our pantry etc. We had planned to stay overnight in Fresno but it was so hot (about 101°) that we decided to just drive up toward King’s Canyon National Park. About 7:30 PM we pulled off in a boondocking area on National Forest Service property just outside the national park and spent the night there. There at around 4,000 feet the temp was about 78 when we arrived. This morning we headed on up Hwy 180 to Kings Canyon National Park. Near the entrance of...

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Oct 22, 2009 - Yosemite National Park

Our trip to Yosemite was in two parts. First we camped at Oakhurst and drove into the lower part of the park. We visited the Wawona area including the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, but the buildings were already closed for the season so we could only see them through the windows. Next we traveled out to Glacier Point. We lost about 2 hours of touring time due to construction on the road. We hiked out to Taft’s Point, stopped by Washburn Point for a great look at Vernal and Nevada Falls, which were flowing due to the rains earlier in the...

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Oct 19, 2009 - Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon began as our third National Park but was then named General Grant National Park. It was created in 1890, 2 weeks after Sequoia was created, to protect the grove of giant sequoias know as Grants Grove. In 1940 General Grant was merged into the newly created Kings Canyon National Park. Today Sequoia and Kings Canyon are managed jointly. The road between Kings Canyon and Sequoia is known as the Generals Highway. We had already determined that could not tow up that road so we decided to tow up to Kings Canyon on Dry Creek Road. The...

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Oct 16, 2009 - Our visit to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park

We visited the two parks(close together and one administration) over two days. The parks are phenomenal and we enjoyed them considerably. The visit in Kings Canyon involved a 32 mile drive into the canyon (largely west to northeast) where the road ends, and of course a return. The visit in Sequoia involved entering at the same western gate and traversing largely southward to the southwest gate. The claims to fame obviously come from a beautiful, deep, isolated canyon and of course the giant sequoia trees. You may know that the General...

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Retirement Tour 2009

May 16, 2009 - Sequoias... and not a lot else

Today we left Yosemite (boooo) and our western style private room and headed south again. We wanted to go through the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park to check out some of the big trees, something we didn't get to see when I came with my parents 22 years ago.. yes I know, I don't look that old. It was hot today, a temperature of in the 90's was predicted, so we needed the air-conditioning as we started back through the desert. The desert gave way to more and more trees and a steady climb up into the forest. It seemed that the scenery...

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