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Jun 9, 2014 - Yosemite National Park

Went to Yosemite N.P. We parked at Yosemite Village and took the shuttle bus to the Yosemite Lower Falls and hiked up to see it. We had a picnic lunch and then stopped to see Yosemite Lodge. Then we drove up to Glacier Point to see the waterfall. On our way up we saw a black bear. Yosemite is a beautiful park with its granite cliffs and waterfalls but it is very crowded and more commercialized than most National Parks that we have visited.

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Westward Ho! 2014

Jun 9, 2014 - Really BIG trees

Thursday, we arrived in Visalia, CA. Visalia is heavy in agriculture and manufacturing. Lots of fruit and nut trees....apricot, orange, cherry and walnut. The cherries and apricots are in right now and they are delicious! Bought some of these at the downtown Visalia Farmers Market tonight. We will never complain about Florida and heat again! The temperature here in Visalia has been hitting triple digits. Looking forward to our trip to Sequoia National Park up in the mountains where hopefully it will be cooler. Today we went to Sequoia...

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Jun 8, 2014 - OMG! OMG! Travel to Yosemite Lakes Campground

OMG! OMG! OMG! If we get out of California alive, it will be a miracle!!! We drove on one of the worst roads we have ever driven on with the coach. Nothing but hairpin turns and straight up for 6 miles. No guardrails and very narrow two lane road with logging trucks flying past. We can hardly wait to drive back down again, but it is the best way down the mountain. We are only about 7 miles from the west entrance of Yosemite. There really should be warnings letting you know what is up ahead. Oh well, we made it and hope we enjoy Yosemite...

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Westward Ho! 2014

Jun 7, 2014 - Kings Canyon National Park

We spent the day at Kings Canyon National Park. This park is next to Sequoia N.P. It is a small park. We drove to the bottom of the canyon which drops from nearly 7,000 feet to almost sea level. It was a two-lane, narrow, no guardrail, white-knuckle ride. The canyon certainly has its own beauty, but in comparison to other parks, we like the greenery and wildlife better.

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Jun 6, 2014 - Sequoia National Park

Today we spent the day at Sequoia National Park. Sequoia is the second oldest national park, Yellowstone being the first. It was positively fantastic. The sequoia trees are indescribable. The oldest tree in the park is called the "General Sherman Tree". It is estimated to be 2200 years old. Its largest branch is 7 feet in diameter. The color of the tree is a bright cinnamon color. We took several hikes back in the high Sierra Mountains, what beauty! We saw a mother bear with 3 cubs (black bears), a marmot, and a variety of other animals....

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Westward Ho! 2014

Jun 3, 2014 - Orange Lesson

Today we learned about growing oranges. Sue booked us an appointment to tour the Seven Sycamores Farm east of Visalia. When we arrived at the farm we were greeted by Brittany and joined by a young couple from Austin, TX who had also signed up for the tour. We were soon joined by our tour guide and the owner of the farm, Farmer Bob. Bob’s mother and father had started the farm in the late 1920s. Bob started a public relations firm in Oregon than he ran for fifty years. When his dad died in 1979 he took on the additional responsibility of...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Kings Canyon

Today we loaded Annie into the CRV and headed first north and then east on 180 to the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park. Very little of Kings Canyon National Park is accessible by car. Most of our time today was spent in the Sequoia National Forest where dogs are permitted on the trails. Our first stop was at the Grant Grove within Kings Canyon National Park. The grove has lots of sequoias that are accessible via a paved relatively short trail. Since it was still cool we were able to leave Annie in the Honda for a half hour while we...

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May 30, 2014 - Sequoia National Park

It takes about an hour to get from the KOA to the entrance to Sequoia National Park and then about another half hour to the first attraction at Hospital Rock. We left at about 8 a.m. and had adequate time for a nice visit to the park. After a stop at the information center and the short stop at Hospital Rock we we made a view stop to take a look at Moro Rock, which we would later ascend, we arrived at the Giant Forest Museum and the Sentinel Tree. Close by the museum is the Big Trees Trail. We strolled through the trail that encircles a...

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May 28, 2014 - See Ya Ready - on to Visalia

On Monday we headed back through Tehon Pass and followed I-210 to Fontana and back to Alfateers where we plugged in for the night. We packed a bag on Tuesday morning, loaded Annie into the car and headed to the Aloft in Ontario Motel while the guys at Alfateers went to work on raising the See Ya’s butt. This morning we got a workout in on the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail. Then it was back to the motel for showers and pack up. When we got back to Alfateers about noon we got the good news that the See Ya was ready. So we hooked up and...

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Apr 11, 2014 - From the Desert to the Central Valley

Today we traveled through areas we’ve traveled before along US 395 and CA 58. We left the desert in Mojave, CA ands climbed through the mountain pass west of Tehachapi, CA. Before we had Winnie, we spent a week in Tehachapi at a time share. While there, we were fortunate enough to see the space shuttle land at Edwards Air Force Base which we passed today. We made a stop at Murray’s Family Farm on the downhill side of the Tehachapi Pass to pick up some produce and snacks. It’s one of those places that advertises miles before you get there...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Spring Has Sprung

We said goodbye to Paradise on Friday morning early. No one else was up, so we snuck out. The hills had turned greener while we were in Jalama and the ride back out to civilization was just gorgeous. The fields and trees were all bright spring green. The further we got away from the coast, the browner the hillsides became until we lost all green in the middle of California. -- We will spend four days at the KOA in Visalia in Central California. The trees are leafing out and blooming here. The weather is mild with sunshine and there are a...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 28, 2013 - Sequioa National Park

Pulled into our next campground at around 2pm, after a 4 hour drive down mostly flat highway. Nice to be driving on a flat surface for a change!! It is so hot...but as they say its a dry heat. We have put reflective foil in all the RV windows to try to keep it cool so we are now calling the RV our own personal CAVE --it is so dark inside. We are hoping for a nice cool desert night tonight. Having homemade tacos and burritos for dinner and getting some rest to see more big trees in the morning. We got up early and the kids ate a quick...

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