California Journals

What a grandeur! - Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP

A May 2005 trip to California by Clovery

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Quote: The overwhelming size of the park advertises gargantuan trees, dense sequoia groves, roaring rivers, and aesthetic meadow. Even though Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park were established at different times, they were managed as one and contiguous.

Little Valley Inn (B&B)

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Hotel | "Little Valley Inn (B&B)"

Little Valley Inn Entrance Photo, California, United States
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Sequel to "Above Yosemite National Park" journal We had a 1-night pleasure stay in Little Valley Inn after spending 2 days in Yosemite National Park. Mariposa was located to the southern tip of Yosemite National Park. Little Valley Inn was snug in a natural forest setting, besieged by huge old oaks, pines, and creeks. The ambience was like residing in the midst of pristine forest, but yet enjoying home-cooked food in well-furnished kitchen, tossing on plush bed, enjoying a warm shower in a large bathtub, and watching satellite television programs in private contemporary cabin. There were about five to six separated blocks of cabins; each of...Read More

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Story of Hume Lake

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Hume Lake Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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The pleasant sightseeing in Grant Tree Grove reinvigorated us and took us farther to Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, or Hwy 180. Spanning Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, Scenic Byway wound around outside Kings Canyon National Park and was a shorter route, or the only route to Cedar Grove Visitor Center, which was grouped under Kings Canyon National Park’s management. Along Hwy 180, Hume Lake established itself as one of the largest and prominent recreational area in the national forest vicinity. Enriched with its history as far back as the year 1909, Hume Lake was an artifact and designated as a millpond after Hume Lake Dam was completed then. Instead, it advert...Read More

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Grizzly Fall Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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Water runs deep - traces of water were ubiquitous at almost every point of the park, either visible or invisible to our eyes. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are the home of 3,200 lakes and ponds and approximately 2,600 miles of rivers and streams. Kings, Kern, and Kaweah rivers were the three prominent rivers originate in these parks, which provide irrigation water to agricultural lands in nearby counties. Adhering to nature cycle, snow pack from previous winter months was collected in the higher elevations of Sierra Nevada, and snow melt normally beings in mid-April, through May or June. Searing heat in summertime sends them gushing down from mountain peaks to rivers, creeks and streams at lower ...Read More

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Chasm, Canyons, and High Crests

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Canyon View Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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The awe-inspiring geological features in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park humble us. Million-year-old formations of V-shaped/U-shaped gorges, deep canyons, carved mountains, and wide glacial valley decry our short existence. America’s longest mountain range and highest mountain in contiguous United States was found in this region, namely the Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney, which rises 14,491 feet above sea level. The radical contrast in topographic and unusual elevation, ranging from 1,360 feet to 14,491, creates extreme temperature differences, with induced parched lowlands along the western boundary and snow-covered alpine in high country. In the midst of the...Read More

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The Enormous Grant Trees Grove

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Fallen Monarch Photo, California, United States
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After Big Stump Entrance, we came to a junction where a hasty decision needs to be made on which direction to proceed – "General Grant Grove or "Redwood Mountain Overlook". Even though both lie within Kings Canyon’s terrain, they offer entirely different experiences and views. The route to Redwood Mountain Overlook was winding and farther. Thereafter, on General Highway, a spate of adventurous events seemed to be lesser compared the route to General Grant Grove (nearest stop after Redwood Mountain Overlook was Stony Creek Village, which was closed in winter, was at least 30 miles on meandering path and numerous switchbacks. Stopping of vehicles on the road was disallowed, and there wasn’t an overlook ...Read More