Johnny McNally's Lodge
Travel Blogs from Kernville
PS- The tree's actual name was General Sherman, and the tree grows wider but not higher because the top is dead. Also, it was 103 degrees at the bottom, but by the time we got to the top, it was only 88 degrees! While driving to Vegas, we saw fireworks in the Mojave, one of the US's greatest deserts, and we stopped in Barstow, CA for the night to rest up for the rest of our drive ...
... signboards and took a photo all the same.
We returned for a late lunch / early happy hour to avoid being out during the afternoon heat. But this quickly turned into a planning session of how much we could possibly eat that day because we discovered that the fridge was... well, not cold. In fact, it was somewhere between luke-warm and cool-ish, at best. Thankfully the freezer was still in good shape, so I quickly addressed the urgent matter ...
After days in Vegas and heat and isolation of Death Valley we are on our way to the edge of the Sequoia National Forest. We will not make it all the way as we had to get through Death Valley in 1 day. A ranger recommended Lake Isobella.
So off we go to find a camp site in the area. A LONG DRIVE later we have already discounted the KOA which is a car park with distant views of the lake.
We struggle to find a ...
... Meadows" sign that my mom lovingly crafted.Thanks
Now for the days challenges. Although we made it to the trailhead before
dark (barely), we might have to backtrack to the general store
tomorrow, which would only be a few miles roundtrip. In our impatience
to start hiking, Andrew accidentally grabbed a mismatch stove fuel
canister at the outfitting store...a bummer for someone who likes a hot
meal every night. If ...
... and then dropped down towards Lake Isabella. What a change though as we dropped down. The landscape is far, far drier.
Tonight, we are staying at the Kernville Inn, in Kernville, at the top of Lake Isabella. We are packing our bags for the last time and will be up early for the drive to LA airport, about 4 hours away. We will head east a little first though, and get a taste of the Mojave ...