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Nov 27, 2008 - Kings Canyon Nat'l Park/CA

Kings Canyon National Park, eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, and adjacent to Sequoia National Park. We wanted to visit Kings Canyon National Park to explore the place that gives the park its name. But apparently we picked the wrong time of year to do that: The road that takes you to Kings River Canyon closes Nov. 1 for the winter. However, we were able to drive to a spot called Kings Canyon Overlook, which gave us a spectacular—-if faraway—-view of the canyon and the river running through it. But all was not lost, as the...

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Nov 22, 2008 - Sequoia National Park/CA

Country Manor Mobile Home Community, Visalia, CA. (California's Central Valley, between Fresno and Bakersfield; not far from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.) I can only surmise that if Ronald Reagan really did say “seen one Redwood, seen ‘em all,” he had never visited Sequoia National Park. The cinnamon-colored sequoias here are stunningly beautiful--and big. Really big. One of them, the General Sherman Tree, is considered the largest tree in the world in terms of volume: roughly 275 ft. high and 106 ft. around at the bottom. (A...

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Jul 19, 2008 - It's All Bull by Nate

Hello from the middle of nowhere a.k.a Visalia, California. We spent the day with our cousins at their house which is awesome. They have a pool, air hockey, ping pong, video games, and lots more. We did a lot of swimming, and went to an interesting place for dinner with a mechanical bull and a tree house. The restaurant is called Big Bubba's Bad BBQ. The food was very good , but the highlights of the dinner was when Jordana, Julian, and Dad went riding on the mechanical bull. The grown ups secretly ordered a birthday celebration for...

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Dec 21, 2007 - Trip to California on the way to Yuma

HEADING TO YUMA Hello everyone, we are on the road again but of course we had to have the family Christmas. On Dec. 15 we started the weekend with having the 3 grandchildren over for a sleep over in our new 5th wheel. It was awesome and they were great! On Sunday we had 13 family over for Christmas dinner. It was fun but busy, we were so tired that we slept in Monday morning and just about missed Gary's opthamologist appointment. What a way to start a trip, hope the rest of the trip is good. We managed to leave Langley at 11:15 on Dec....

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Nov 11, 2007 - Sequoia National Park

We drove out to Sequoia National Park on Saturday. Spent the day driving from Visalia thru the park in a big loop and back to Visalia, where we're staying till Monday. First up was a great drive thru major orange groves, grapes, etc. Then the road started going up. Many, many switchbacks. By the time we got to the interpretive centre, almost to the General Sherman Tree, we were at 7,000 feet. The Sequoias are definitely not like the coastal redwoods that you saw in earlier posts. They don't grow quite as high, but their bulk is impressive....

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Oct 22, 2007 - Sequoia National Park

Yesterday was moving day and I was up and at it early. I drove down the big mountain on Rt 120 and then took Rt 49 south. I had no idea how twisty, up and down and narrow it was. The total trip to Visalia was about 160 miles and about 50 to 60 of those miles were challenging mountain roads. I got to Visalia about 12:30 and have signed up for 7 days here. I didn't do much of anything after I got here except get set up, watch NFL football and mess around. By the way, I think that I've found and repaired the leak that I mentioned recently. It...

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Sep 11, 2007 - Dining out

So today I am moving on, and I will be sad to leave this awesome place. I would have liked to have done more long-distance back-country treks, but another time perhaps. It was nice to sleep in a proper bed again though. So I did a several mile walk this morning. It was too early for other people, which was great, but I couldn't help thinking about mountain lions, who probably were up this early and looking for breakfast. There are posters everywhere saying about how to deal with them, the last line of which is that if attacked, fight back!...

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Jul 4, 2007 - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Hello everyone, We've moved on to a KOA campground in Vesalia, California on Tuesday afternoon. We are about forty some miles from Sequoia National Park. That was the closest place Brenda could get a reservation. There are campgrounds in the park, but they only allow rigs 22 ft. or shorter, and we are 35. Besides that, their computer was down when she was making reservations. Anyway, that's where we have been all day today , Wednesday, July 4th. Got about 50 or 60 pretty good pictures, but can only put about 10 here. Matt, you should have...

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Jun 28, 2007 - Golf and Paso to Visalia

We only had a 2 hour drive from Paso to our next stop, so we paid for a late check-out and played golf this morning before we left. It was just about a repeat of the last golf day - I played terrible and Kevin played great! I'm not giving up, though. As we all know with golf - if you don't like the way you play today, just hang around for a while, it's bound to change, and you're never quite sure why. Kinda like the weather! We left Paso around 2:00 and drove to Visalia, Ca. This is the closest decent RV park to Sequoia Nat'l Park and even...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Sequoia National Park

From Morro Bay and the gorgeous coast we headed inland to Sequoia, King's Canyon and Yosemite. We came through Atascadero and Paso Robles, then inland through the Central Valley, which is the Nation's supplier of many vegetables, nuts, dates, citrus and....of course, the ubiquitous grape. We were wondering, with all the added acreage of wine grapes in the last 20 years--who is drinking all this wine? The acreage has quadrupled; many places are bulldozing citrus and pear trees to plant grapes. Amazing. We stayed at the KOA Kampground in...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Sequoia National Park

From Morro Bay and the gorgeous coast we headed inland to Sequoia, King's Canyon and Yosemite. We came through Atascadero and Paso Robles, then inland through the Central Valley, which is the Nation's supplier of many vegetables, nuts, dates, citrus and....of course, the ubiquitous grape. We were wondering, with all the added acreage of wine grapes in the last 20 years--who is drinking all this wine??? The acreage has quadrupled; many places are bulldozing citrus and pear trees to plant grapes. Amazing. We stayed at the KOA Kampground in...

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Ron & Jane 2007

May 22, 2007 - I Love Moving Day

Yesterday was moving day--you know, the day we pack up everything inside that might fall and go "boom", unhook the water, electric and sewer hose, back the truck up to the coach until it goes "bump" (sometimes BUMP), and pull our house on wheels down the road. Sometimes it's been two weeks, sometimes one, sometimes only a couple of days. And we're off to someplace completely new. I used to approach moving day with a mixture of apprehension and excitement. In the beginning, more apprehension and a little excitement. What would the roads be...

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