Riding Down the Sierra Nevada

January 18, 2015

Sea Side

You learn to appreciate a lot of things when you get older. The scenery on the way to Vegas was so beautiful. It felt so serene and peaceful that I wish I could have taken that feeling with me everywhere. What was funny was that the whole trip was semi-planned. Originally, the plan was to drive straight to the Grand Canyon from San Francisco. Somehow, there was some confusion and what was entered into the GPS (thinking it was the Grand Canyon) was actually Kings Canyon National Park. The realization did not really hit until I was up in the mountains with no signal and then a park ranger actually informed me I was at Kings Canyon which merges into the Sequoia National Park.

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon National Park is actually in California just south of Yosemite National Park. Originally, I wanted to go to Yosemite but the car was not equipped for Yosemite’s winter roads. Then, the next thing on the itinerary was to go to the Grand Canyon but slight detour got me here and  I don’t regret getting this detour one bit. The drive to get through the canyon took forever because the road up the canyon had so many sharp turns and curvy roads. The view was incredible and after an hour and a half drive through this canyon, I finally entered the snow covered Sequoia trees of the Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park

The Sequoia National Park lies next to Kings Canyon. They are both south of the Sierra Nevada and east of San Joaquin River. After driving about an hour and a half up Kings Canyon you then enter the Sequoia trees. I love winter so when I saw the snow covering these trees, it really reminded me of being in Washington again. Call me crazy but I love the cold. The air gets so crisp and refreshing it is hard to resist. Driving through this forest during the winter was one of my favorite moments of the trip. It was really quiet and so much snow. I was having a wanderlust moment in the forest that’s for sure. After driving through this forest for about another hour and a half, I finally was able to drive out into semi-populated civilization.

I ended up in Fresno for the night to rest and then continued my journey to Las Vegas the next day.

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