More of Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Kim at the bottom of Tokopah Falls

Kim at the bottom of Tokopah Falls

On Kim’s birthday, it was off to Tokopah Falls and Crystal Cave in the Sequoia NP.  Again, we headed out on the motorcycles, as the riding is great around here. The 3.5 mile round trip to the falls was a nice walk and, of course, we had to stop for photo ops. 

The trail to Tokopah Falls

The trail to Tokopah Falls

Tokopah Falls was pretty impressive. We tried to show scale with a timer shot along the way. 

Gate to Crystal Cave

Gate to Crystal Cave

After the falls, it was onto the Crystal Cave.  This is the only guided tour in the park.  It was a 1/2 mile walk down a steep trail to the cave which meant a 1/2 mile out. We impressed oursleves on the way out by staying ahead of the Law Enforcement Rangers who were hot on our tail.  Guess we are not that old, or at least not that out of shape.  The cave itself was a bit of a dissapointment after some of the other ones we have visited, however, it was a good addition to the day. 

Relaxing over the Kings river

Relaxing over the Kings river

For our last day in the parks, we headed into Kings Canyon to “Road’s End”, where our goal was to hike the 9.2 miles to see Mist Falls (one of the largest in both parks). Again, it was a great motorcycle road and we had a great ride in. We stopped a few times along the way to check out the sights. The Kings River was amazing. We couldn’t believe the amount of water and speed of the flow. 

View down the beginning of the Kings Canyon

View down the beginning of the Kings Canyon

The views along the trail were amazing.  The Sierra Nevada mountains are beautiful in the distance.

One of the many waterfalls on the Kings river

One of the many waterfalls on the Kings river

More views… Check out that run off!
Mist Falls

Mist Falls

Mist Falls, at the end of our hike ,was a little dissapointing since we were following the river and seeing beautiful falls the whole way. It was very misty though! 

More of Kings Canyon views

More of Kings Canyon views

We had to take this timer shot on the way back.  Even in person, this looked fake.

Kim models her new line of Sugar Pine earrings

Kim models her new line of Sugar Pine earrings

We are always looking for ways to quit our day jobs. On the way back, Kim spotted some Sugar Cone Pines.  If the Sotol business doesn’t work out, we figure we can go into the earring business!

It was a great last day.  Very long… 5 hours on the motorcycles (170 miles) and the 9.2 mile hike, we were pooped when we got back to town.  We decided cooking was out of the question (already 7:45), so we tried the local Pizza joint.  Yum!  Tomorrow we are off to Yosemite.

10 Responses to “More of Sequoia and Kings Canyon”

  1. stephanie komarek says:

    For the crystal cave gate did they mean to make the gate look like a spider web? Also, how big in inches were Kim’s new sugar pine earrings? W.B.S! (wright back soon!)

    -Siera Komarek
    Little Mosquito in the house!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

    • admin says:

      Hey Siera,

      Great to hear from you. There was actually a little spider in the center of the gate, pretty cool. Not sure how big the pine cones were, but I really don’t think they would make comfrotable earings.

      Love ya!

  2. The Mommie Unit says:

    Just some motherly advise so you really don’t have to listen to it. I think the pine cones might be a smidge to heavy for earings. Possibly they would work as an inpromptu bathing suit top or floation device. If this is all you got please don’t quit your day jobs, unless Walmart puts in a massive order for Sotol sticks with pine cone tops!

    On another note noticed that you were heading to Yosemite. You can probably pick up the pepper spray in a sporting goods store along the way.

    Stay safe & happy and at least 300 feet away from the Teddy Bears.

    Miss you both a lot!!

    Love & Hugs

    Mom

    • admin says:

      Hey Mom,

      You make us laugh:) Thanks for the advice. We have no service so we have to come into town to check messages stc… I will keep my eyes open fo the pepper spray but we are kind of remote. I promise… 300 feet in the future. Miss you too.

      Love ya!
      Me

  3. lindsay lu lu says:

    It looks so nice there i cant beleave that one mountin is real. It so looks like a back drop! and those trees are MASSIVE! it would be so cool to see them in person. i really miss you guys and i cant wate to see you. school is going ok and licky joshy is allready out. but i will be out on june 25 witch is not far away at all!! By the way chris i love your hair long i think it looks so much more chris like. Call me soon miss you lots!

    love lindsay brooke

    • admin says:

      Hey Lu Lu,

      Those trees were massive! One day you will see them in person. By the way, you will be coming out to visit on June 24th… one less day of school. I like Chris’s hair long too. It does need to be trimmed though. Send our love to mom and Josh. We have really sketchy service- no cell or internet. We are sitting on the side of the road right now tapping into someones unsecure service…

      Love you!

  4. Nat and Ted says:

    Happy Birthday Beautiful (No, not you Chris, although you are a hotty!) I love your new earings but agree with your Mom, if that’s the best you’ve got to fall back on if you quit your jobs, you may be in a bit of trouble! Most of the pictures you’ve taken in the last few days look fake. If we didn’t come out and visit, I may have started to think that you were staying somewhere in a hotel the whole time and using back drops for the photo’s. Well, the tan thing does help make it more credible though….Let us know when you have cell service and we’ll call you and fill you in on what’s been going on! Love, Nat and Ted

    • admin says:

      Hey,

      Thanks for the b-day wishes. I was wondering what was up… Did you get my message a few weeks ago? I hope things are OK. I thought you didn’t love me (us) anymore. So good to hear from you. I guess the earings are a bad idea… I’ll keep thinking. About the pictures… as we take them we too think they look fake. It’s hard to believe some of the views, they look as fake in person. As you can see we have no service. As I said to Lindsay, we are currently sitting on the side of the road tapping into someones unsecure wireless. I feel like a criminal. I will call when we are somewhere with service so we can catch up!!!

      Miss you guys!
      Love ya

  5. Gerry Egan says:

    It was Jamie’s and my very great pleasure to park beside you two for a couple of nights at Sequoia RV Ranch. We enjoyed meeting and visiting with you and would have enjoyed doing so more if we weren’t so tired at the end of each sight seeing day! We’re envious of your adventures and admire the work you’ve done here to chronicle it all. We hope we’ll meet up again on the road some time.

    After leaving you we spent a couple of R&R days in Iselton, CA before moving on to meet up with friends, (the same friends who’d camped in your spot at Sequoia RV Ranch and recomended the place to us), in Winters, CA. That was our base for visiting the Napa valley wine area. Jamie got to see a lot more of it than I did since I was down sick for a bit but it was beautiful and the road over the hills into Napa valley looked like a motorcyclist’s dream.

    Isleton, by the way, is in the California Delta area and there were literally hundreds of motor cycles in large groups touring the area both days we were there. Locals told us it’s normal; a popular ride for bikers.

    We landed today on the Oregon coast near Florence and will spend Memorial Day weekend here. The dunes are impressive but so is the wind. It’s hard to walk on the beach and it may be harder still to ride a motorcylce.

    Thanks for visit; we look forward to continuing it someday.

    Gerry & Jamie Ega

    • admin says:

      Hi Gerry and Jamie,

      It is great to hear from you. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know you for the brief time we had. We hope Jamie enjoyed the wine country, sorry to hear you felt under the weather for a while and hope you are back in the swing of things. If you have any advice for the wine country we would love to hear it. We are heading that way on Tuesday for a few days as we work our way north. Thanks for the advice on the good riding! We are really looking forward to that area now:) We will keep your wind and sand warnings in mind as we head up to Oregon, thanks. Maybe one day our paths will cross again and we can spend some more time sharing stories. Wishing you safe and happy travels!!!

      Kim and Chris

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