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Apr 17, 2013 - Sequoia, NP

Today we went into Sequoia, NP We were told that I had to have chains so I rented some cables for $40 and continued into the park. After a stop at the visitors center to get our passport book stamped we proceeded up the hill. We went from 70 degrees to 34 at the top above 6000 ft. with snow at the top but the roads were in good shape and the cables were not needed I got my money back. At the top we took a short hike to the General Sherman Sequoia down hill on the way in up hill coming back and at 6000 plus ft. we were huffing and puffing...

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Mar 26, 2013 - Visiting Family

Our travels on Monday only took us around 85 miles, so we did not have to get up at the crack of dawn to hit the road. We traveled north on Highway 99, which thankfully has had some improvements over what we remembered from our last trip through this area. -- We are staying for a week at the KOA in Visalia. It is a pretty park with lots of trees and grass, nice sites, cable and WiFi. It is quiet and kind of out in the country. We chose this park because it is the closest RV park to Hanford, which is where my younger brother's family all...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Nov 4, 2012 - Back in Visalia Again

Being back in Visalia is a little wierd. It's kinda like we've just been on vacation for awhile. We've visited a couple of our favorite restaurants, had our first doctor visits & tests, & made a trip up to Hartland Christian Camp to see our friends there who were our coworkers during our 13 years there. Friends Bart & Suzi Grunau who now live in Vancouver, WA, were at Hartland last weekend so Suzi could attend the Quilt Retreat & then they stayed to volunteer as camp sitters while the camp staff went on their annual retreat to Pismo Beach....

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Oct 29, 2012 - Lone Pine to Visalia

Saturday Judi's childhood friend Lynn Henderson drove up from Lancaster to visit. They hadn't seen each other in 30 years! The weather was beautiful so we sat outside & had a great visit. Sunday morning we went to church with Alyce & Larry at their church in Independence. The pastor is the brother-in-law of the director of the Christian camp where we served for 13 years. His son also served there & worked for David for several summers & then a couple of years full time. It was nice to see him & his wife again. That afternoon Alyce & Larry...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Day 90

Today we prepared a picnic lunch and then drove to Mooney Grove Park in Visalia to take a picture of the "End of the Trail" statue. We saw the original of this statue at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City two years ago. It was given to the Hall of Fame by the city of Visalia. A bronze replica was made to be put on display here. We also encountered some geese, prairie dogs and peacocks in the park. We then drove out to Sequoia National Park to see the Giant Sequoias, about an hour east of Visalia. The road going from the entrance to...

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Sep 26, 2012 - Day 89

Drove about 2 hours from Delhi,Ca to Visalia, CA, passing through Merced, Chowchilla, Madera, Fresno, Selma and Kingsburg before arriving at the Visalia KOA. We are planning to go to Sequoia National Park tomorrow. Marge's glasses broke last night, so we went to make a visit to Lenscrafters to see if they could repair her frames. Found out that they did not do that, so she had an eye exam and got new glasses. We then had dinner at Olive Garden before returning to the Visalia KOA and our coach.

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Jun 6, 2012 - De Barstow à Visalia

On se réveille un peu émêché, nous n'avons pas bien dormi. Nous avons manqué d'air que nous sommes habitué d'avoir dans la tente-roulotte. Nous partons pour Visalia qui sera notre porte d'entrée pour Sequoia NP. La route est plus variée que celle d'hier. Tout d'abord, le désert puisse on passe quelques collines envahies par des éoliennes pour finir dans le jardin des États-Unis et du Canada aussi. Cultures maraichères, fruitières (citron, orange pamplemousse, pomme, pêche) et vignes à perte de vue. On voit aussi quelques fermes laitières...

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May 30, 2012 - Desert to Central Valley

We left Silent Valley today, after 30 days, to head northbound. We decided Visalia would be about as far as we'd like to drive and there is an Elks Lodge with RV parking. We traveled through the high desert, crossed over the Tehachapi Mountains (which reminded me of "Amber waves of grain") and descended down into the southern end of California's very green Central Valley known for produce farming and livestock. On Hwy 395 at "4 corners" is a huge solar panal farm, then higher up on the mountains are several wind generator farms. Good green...

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Oct 14, 2011 - What a Road!!

We headed out abut 10:00 for the short drive up to the entrance to Sequoia National Park. The entrance sits at 1300’ elevation. We were going to be going up to over 7000’ before the day was through. We were hoping to see some bears like we did last time, but no such luck. The road climbs and climbs as we follow the face of the mountain. The trees start out with the oaks and as we go higher, the Pacific Dogwood, White Fir, Incense Cedar, Sugar Pine and Ponderosa pine trees start and then all of a sudden around 5000’, we are in the giant...

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C & C's Adventures

Oct 13, 2011 - Crops, Crops and More Crops

We arrived today about 3:00 after driving 168 miles. After getting set up, I went and got groceries while Carolyn did the laundry. And then it was time to stay inside and cool off. We have both ACs turned on. It is hot for us; almost 100. It has been a long time since we have seen these kinds of temps. We had driven past field after field of crops or trees. The farther south we got the more we got away from the salad bowl and more into the fruit and nut trees. We saw trucks and trailers of tomatoes and garlic going up and down the road. In...

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C & C's Adventures

Aug 30, 2011 - Full Time - Just Not Movin' (Yet)

As you can see from the pictures (if you've not visited us), we've spent the past 13 years in a beautiful place. Lots of people would love to retire to some place like this - and there's much we'll miss about it - but we're retiring and looking forward to seeing the rest of the country. Today we moved into the 5th wheel - had dinner here and slept here. We have a month to finish moving out of the house and turn it over to the camp but hope it doesn't take us all month. We have pictures hung and a lot of our belongings here in the trailer...

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May 8, 2011 - Rolling Through Northern California

We finished our stay with Kevin, Cameron & Tori & have now moved-on; had a good visit with them. We are now catching-up on our long absence from Uncle Wally, in his Mart parking lot, in Visalia, California. Mr. Jeep took us to Sequoia National Park where we were limited to seeing only the Visitor’s Center because new-fallen snow & ice had caused all of the interior roads to be closed. We then drove over to Sequoia’s sister park, Kings Canyon, through too many miles of twisty, turny road. We had more success there, actually getting to see...

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We're Wingin' It

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