We are now in Central California near the original National Parks. We are about 30 miles from Yosemite and 90 miles from Sequoia National Park which were both created 125 years ago this fall. We are parked at the Park of the Sierras. It’s a Co-op park for Escapees members in Coarsegold (the geographical center of California) and is really beautiful. It was designed by RVers for RVers with big spots and nice views and has made a great home base for us over the last 10 days.
In the past week, we’ve visited Yosemite three times and made a single day trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon farther South. We have over 600 pictures of these trips and even narrowing it to “favorites” leaves us with an overwhelming number. To say the least, these parks are majestic, awe-inspiring, and breath-takingly beautiful. It’s like being transported to another world or another time. “Old growth forest” takes on a whole new perspective when you’re standing next to trees over 1500 years old or looking at valleys carved by glaciers a million years ago.
Put these parks on your must see list. They were on mine, and I’m glad we went before leaving California. Try to go in late April, if the winter has been mild/dry, or early to mid May if it’s been more harsh. Go during the week, if you can, so that you can enjoy the beauty without being stuck in traffic regularly. Give yourselves several days (3-5) for Yosemite and at least two for Sequoia & Kings Canyon. They’re huge parks and there’s so much to see, rushing takes the fun out of the trip. The waterfalls are better in the spring or after a good rain and we were lucky enough to go two days after an all day rain and snow storm, so we got to see them with good, powerful flows. Even 5 days later, we could see the flow had diminished. Speaking of waterfalls, here’s our compilation of “selfies” by waterfalls in both parks:
The roads are winding, but well banked and great for motorcycles or motoring in the Mini despite the lack of posted speeds in curves that so clearly should be lower. The trees are wonderful. Both parks have groves of Giant Sequoia trees that are truly breathtaking. They’re not alone, as the Redwoods, Ponderosa and Sugar Pine trees do their best to give the Sequoia a run for their money. We have tried to capture their sheer size and beauty in pictures. Here’s the best we can do:
So, waterfalls and trees are nice, but don’t forget the granite mountains and river valleys!
So much beauty and majesty. Our words and pictures pale in comparison. What a gift this time has been to us and these parks are to the world. As a parting message, enjoy these sunsets from the parks!