Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Well, the trip from Bryce was long but uneventful.  We stopped at the California/Nevada border for the night and experienced our first night of “casino camping”.  It was 98 degrees when we got there so we enjoyed our time inside the air conditioned facilities.  The dinner buffet was good, we shopped at the outlets for a few needed items (yes, Chris shopped), gambled minimally (lost only $20), and called it a night when the temps went down to 85, figuring we could fall asleep.

We arrived in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon area on Monday evening, where we found a very nice campground just outside of the park.  Today we decided to take the motorcycles into Sequoia and loop around through Kings Canyon then home.  We both agreed that this loop was one of the best motorcycle rides either of us had ever been on.  The roads were perfect for a variety of skill levels and offered a scenic rollercoaster riding experience. 

We stopped at several points of interest along the way.  The Sequoia’s were quite impressive.  We rode through Tunnel Log, hiked up to Moro Rock for the views, visited the Giant Forest Museum, walked though the Giant Forest, and stopped at both the General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the world) and the General Grant Tree (third largest tree in the world with the largest footprint at 40.3 feet). While walking in the Giant Forest we happened upon a bear that was drinking from the creek running through the meadow. We got pretty close (within 10 feet), as we wanted to capture a good picture for posterity.  He was a pretty agreeable subject until he started to growl, at which time we picked up the pace and headed on down the trail.  Shortly after our encounter, a ranger came by and closed the trail keeping other’s at bay- good timing.  We’ll do anything, including risking life and limb, to get blog worthy shots. Ok- so we aren’t that bright.  

It was a great first day and we are looking forward to spending the next few days exploring the parks further.  Tomorrow, KIM’S BIRTHDAY, we plan on visiting the Crystal Cave (guided tour) and hiking to Tokopah Falls. 

By the way, we do not have cell service but do have internet. 

13 Responses to “Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park”

  1. Astro says:

    Hope you have a very happy birthday Kimmy! Enjoy your day!

    Happy Birthday Aunt Kimmy,
    I really, really miss you and I can’t wait to see you when you come back!
    Love Sam

    I typed, she talked. 


    • admin says:

      Hi Sammy and Family,

      Thank you for the birthday wishes. We miss you too!!! We will have some fun when we get back. Hope all is well for everyone!

      Love ya

  2. stephanie komarek says:


    • admin says:

      Thanks and Yeah Steph! You are getting so internet savvy. Hope all is well for you. Once I get some service I will call to catch up!

  3. The Mommie Unit says:

    I have to do it I feel compelled, obsessed, possessed!!!!! I haven’t missed a year yet!!!!!

    (The Official Birthday Song) Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Kimmie, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!! Just in case you can’t hear the Official Song version I left for you on your cell phone answering machine.

    Chris and I wish you Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity!

    I love you fifthy million times around the world! (Chris one million)

    Mom & Chris
    /oo\ 00
    v U

  4. Amy Hogle says:

    Happy Birthday Kim!! I hope your day is just beautiful! It has been so great to follow along on your blog to see your incredible adventures. Best wishes to you Kim!


    • admin says:

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you for the birthday wishes. We had a great day in the Sequoia NP hiking to a waterfall and into a cave for a tour. I’m glad you are continuing to follow our journey and that you have been enjoying it! Hope all is well for you and the family.

      Happy Spring!

  5. The Mommie Unit says:

    Oh about the bear maybe you guys should pick-up some of that pepper spray for future encounters if they occur.



  6. The Mommie Unit says:

    By the way do you know what kind of bear it was? How large was it?

    Love Mom


    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      Pretty sure they have black bears around here. Seems to be a problem, as there are bear boxes everywhere, even in the parking lots or hikes (a little freaky). They are also just coming out of hibernation and are hungry according to the rangers. You are right about the pepper spray. I was just thinking about it yesterday when we were hiking. I will keep my eyes out for it.

      Love you!

  7. Paul W says:

    If you have not read the news, big conversions will be taking place towards the end of the year and next year.
    Jon says that they will be looking for an additional Turno person during that time………You’ve been on vacation too long already ….Slacker…..I would contact Paul T and Bill to throw your name out there if you are interested. ASAP. I can’t think of a better person for the j. Happy B-day Kim. Later. PW

    • admin says:


      Thanks for the info. I will get in contact as soon as I have reliable cell/internet service. Kim says thanks for the b-day wishes.


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