Catch-up #3 Sequioa National park
Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
28Trip End Oct 15, 2010
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This is just to fill in another gap in our blog diary.
We did'nt have access to internet, & have been so busy it has taken me ages to get this on here.
Quick resume for Friday 1st Oct.
After our overnight stay at Sequoia Village Inn, awoke to sun coming up over the mountains.
Soaked up as much as we could of our lovely wooden mountain lodge, clean fresh air & stunning views.
After re -packing, loading up the car & checking out, retraced our steps about 3 miles back into Three Rivers, where we were reliably informed we could get a good breakfast, our guide was.nt wrong !
Julie & Kim had the oatmeal, which comes served with brown sugar & raisens, I had cinnamon french toast & Iris had scrambled egg, all very USA, & all delicious !
We then made our way up to the entrance of Sequoia National Park, where it costs $20 per car, & they give you a little sticker for the windshield.
There then proceeded a truly spectacular, white knuckle, clinging to the mountain, switchback drive, as the road wound it's way up, turning & twisting back on itself to gain a lofty 7'000ft.
The highlight - must do - in sequoia is to visit the stands of giant redwood trees, which are truely gigantic. After visiting the Sequoia visitors center, with it's facinating displays & interesting facts about this marvelous place, & taking photos of the Sentinal Tree which stands outside, we made our way along the Generals Highway to the main stand of Sequoias, which includes the General Sherman - the largest tree in the world.
The altitude here was well over 7'000 ft, & we could all feel the effects of it.
Well, what goes up.... & all that... the road back down the mountain was not as tortuous as the one going up, but still spectacular, At the base of the mountains we had to head inland again, back through flat arable farming country, & after a couple of detours due to roads being closed, or in one instance, not there anymore, we headed through Fresno, & on again towards Yosemite.
There is no direct road from the one Park to the other, & the route is a little indirect, so we probably did'nt allow enough time to get from the point 'A' to the point ' B ' , & ended our journey in the dark ( with headlights on & everything ) into Yosemite.
After only getting lost once in the dark, & following an ambigious sign, which ended up with us cutting down a dirt track ( Geraldine was totaly useless, & had gone into meltdown at this stage !!) Sense of direction & self preservation prevailled & we found our way to our destination - Yosemite View Lodge.
I went to reception to check in, while the others waited in the car, & was delighted to be told that our room had been upgraded ( still don't know why ) - to an appartment that slept 10 people, which should have been $900 per night, but we could have the room for the original single room price
Decided not to give the guys the news about our good fortune, & gave them the keys to find the room, while I parked the car.
You could hear Jules squeeling about the room, all the way accross the (very) large complex car park !!
The apartment was fabulous..... huge bedrooms, en-suites, large kitchen & dining room, Lounge with a log fireplace & huge tv, spa/ whirlpool bath, & best of all, a balcony overlooking the Merced River, flowing right under our windows, with the mountains behind. Just perfect !!
As this was a self catering appartment, we had the best meal made from stuff we found in the complex shop ( oh & pizza) & breakfast was great too, fruit, toast, & tea with proper milk !!
Kim has asked me to point out that the bathroom was more complicated than the tardis, which was her excuse, when while taking a shower, obviously could'nt make any sense of the twin shower heads or indeed the plug !!!
Her squawks of pain, because she could'nt turn down the hot water only reduced, us to laughter,
great friends we are !!