Hunting General Sherman.
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
16Trip End Jul 22, 2011
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In this installment we'll talk some more about our national park adventures.
Day 14 - 19 June 2011:
Continuing from our last installment, we had seen Yosemite National Park and had just hit the road to Three Rivers, a small town just outside of Sequoia National Park. We picked up the key to our cabin from the local convenience store and dropped our gear off. The first impression of the cabin was that it was simple but nice...
After cleaning ourselves up a bit we decided to head out to dinner. There weren't too many options in town but we really lucked out by finding a great Mexican place called Serranos Mexican Restaurant. This would turn out to be the best meal we'd had so far and the most inexpensive.
"I'm going to order a sensible meal." - Shelly Nowland.
I had a big plate of fajitas, but Shelly's meal took first prize. She ordered the "Don Jesus Burrito" and the waitress kind of chuckled. This is the most extreme burrito I have ever seen. If you painted eyes on it, it could be mistaken for a baby wrapped in a rug. The thing was the size of a briefcase. Needless to say Shelly didn't finish it, and for once I couldn't even help...
After dinner we went back to the cabin to sleep. Unfortunately, we were let down by the night's accommodation. The room was too hot, the A/C unit was loud and we were woken in the early hours by a ute that we assumed contained the axe murderer that had come to harvest our organs... It turned out that this cabin felt more like the "Murder Lodge". We didn't sleep well.
Day 15 - 20 June 2011:
In the morning we dropped back the key. I've been practicing my American accents with one of my favourite lines being "You ain't from around here are ya" (ask me later). The old fella we dropped the key back to took one look at me (and my bright yellow owl t-shirt) and in my head I could hear him saying this line. We were happy to leave town and head into Sequoia national park.
Again, like Yosemite, Sequoia National Park was really well run. Unfortunately, due to some road maintenance we had a few long-ish waits, but it was cool because we wandered around and talked to the other tourists.
First stop in the park was Morrow Rock which was a lookout with 360 degree views. The climb to the top was a little bit scary for someone that's not so keen on heights but it was well worth it for the views at the top. We got lots of good photos as you can imagine with Shelly in charge of the camera.
After Morrow Rock, we made our way to the Sequoia grove. Today our target was General Sherman. This is the biggest tree on earth by sheer volume of it's trunk. As I said earlier they are not the tallest trees (that is the Coastal Redwoods) but they have the biggest trunks. It was amazing to see this tree making other giant Sequoias look small in comparison.
"Wow, that tree has some junk in it's trunk, yo." - Shelly Nowland.
We left our sightseeing in Sequoia park at that as we had a long drive ahead of us to Las Vegas. We hit the road leaving nature behind in search of fluorescent lights and, as Tom puts it, novelty sized pina coladas.
Vegas baby :)
Hornbilled Woodpecker and Spotted Booby.