Drive to Sequoia NP
Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
32Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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After getting groceries, we headed for Sequoia. The ride was pretty, climbing from elevation 400 feet to about 2,000 feet along cultivated land and lakes. As we checked in at the South Entrance to Sequoia NP, the ranger asked how long our RV was and I said 33 feet. He said “32 feet is the maximum and they won't let you through the construction zone in the park.” I said, “actually we are 32 feet” and he said that they will check us. It was worth a chance because it would have been a 3 hour detour around to the East Entrance. We moved on. After stopping at the Visitors Center, we headed up the side of the mountain. Again we climbed to more than 7,500 feet, very steep and narrow. The construction zone consisted of one closed lane, with a sheer cliff on the uphill side. Only a few inches to spare on each side, especially when we met the waiting traffic on the other side of the construction. We made it. It was fun for some of us. Later we found out that the Park Service does not recommend vehicle longer than 22 feet on the south entrance drive.
We saw some beautiful views and giant sequoias. We setup camp and went to the amphitheater campfire and ranger talk. The campfire started out fun and then it quickly turned to how the universe was formed and that there were thousands of galaxies, at which point we snuck out of the amphitheater two by two and then went back to the camper for a game of cards.
Still having a great time. We have seen so many things and we are only halfway through our trip.
146.8 miles, avg. speed 30.1 mph, travel time 4:52, stopped time 2:08, total mile for trip 4,195
(Jana) I just need to say that I was scared out of my mind at some points today. Tom had the quote of the day, “Mom, maybe you wouldn’t be so nervous if you drove but you’d have to open your eyes.” I can’t believe we made it through some of the spots that we did. At one point, a guy traveling in the opposite direction that was waiting in the construction traffic gave Kevin a knuckle-touch out the window as Kevin maneuvered around them.
The weather here is beautiful. High 70’s and not a cloud in the sky. The wildfires are not in our area at all. Take care everyone.