Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

We’re on the road again and our first destination was California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It’s two parks for one on this leg of the trip as the parks are jointly managed by the National Park Service.

On the way we stopped for a night at Yermo, California’s Peggy Sue’s Diner, where we parked for free. Well, it’s not entirely free. We did buy dinner and strolled the grounds of this funky place.

Steve is living out his trucker fantasy by stopping at truck stops to fill up with diesel using our TDS Fleet card. The card allows us to get a fleet discount on gas and we get to fill up at the trucker’s pumps. We’ve even used the CAT scale to weigh our rig. It’s a new world for us.
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After two solid days of driving through the hot, June desert we made it to our camp for the next three days. We made the Sequoia Resort in Badger our home base and enjoyed the close access to the national parks.

On our first full day in the area we explored Kings Canyon National Park. Using a very cool app called Just Ahead, we listened to interesting narration as we drove the 30 mile Kings Canyon Scenic Byway past giant sequoias, sweeping vistas, and roaring rivers all the way to Roads End. Along the way we stopped at the General Grant Grove to catch our first up close look at the incredible sequoias.

Further down the road we soaked in the sweeping views of one of the deepest canyons in the U.S.

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Before reaching Roads End we stopped for lunch at Grizzly Falls and the dogs enjoyed exploring the banks of the South Fork of the Kings River.

On our second day we explored the highlights of Sequoia National Park, which is adjacent to Kings Canyon but has a separate entrance. We hit all of the highlights…

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The General Sherman Tree is the world’s largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet tall, and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter.

We did the easy walk through Big Trees Meadow, following along with the great interpretive signs. Here we learned how these giants grow so big and can live up to 2700 years.

While in Sequoia NP you can’t miss the Tunnel Log, which allows you to drive through a carved out sequoia.

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We skipped climbing the iconic Moro Rock on account of my still tender foot, but Steve did a little hike and got a great panoramic shot of the famous landmark.

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One of our favorite photos from the day was this shot of the root ball of a downed sequoia.  It almost looks like abstract art, huh?

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We could have spent many days in this area if hiking were on the agenda. It just means we need to return to continue to explore one of America’s oldest National Parks.  Here are more photos of our short time in this beautiful place.

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