We got a late start today due to the fact that we hit something on the highway yesterday and unbeknownst to us, it flattened the inside dually on our camper. So, one call to get the spare put on and a stop to get a new spare tire and we were on our way to Kings Canyon National Park. We are “roughing it here – no power, no water, and spotty internet and phone service. Almost like the original pioneers – well at least it kind of feels that way.
Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada range. It was established in 1890 to protect the General Grant Grove of giant sequoias. Even though we got here late, we had a chance to take a walk through the grove (first four pictures). The trees are amazingly big. Don looks like a spot in the first picture. The General Grant tree is in the second picture. They believe that it is between 1600 and 2000 years old.
The park is actually broken into two parts – one with the sequoia trees and one with Kings Canyon. It was not until John Muir first visited in 1873 that the canyon began receiving attention. Muir was delighted at the canyon’s similarity to Yosemite Valley as it reinforced his theory that both valleys were carved by massive glaciers during the last Ice Age. After our walk, we took a small drive to Lake Hume. We got a taste of Kings Canyon from the road (next two pictures) and then drove down to the lake (mainly to get gas – but it was pretty). When we got back to the camper, Leslie was delighted to find mule deer right in our “back yard”. One of them watched Don cook our dinner outside.