20 September 2010

California Day 4: Driving to the Sequoias

We woke up bright and early and transversed the state from Monterey to the Kings Canyon National Park. Along the way we passed through various landscapes: dry rolling hills, fruit orchards, lakes, and small towns.

Once we entered Kings Canyon National Park we first checked out the visitor center and then we went in search of a campground. We circled through all the campgrounds until we found the perfect site beside a very large boulder in the Azalea campground. The campground was mostly empty and in the tent-only section there were only 2 other sites occupied. We settled in to our new little home.

After setting up the tent and packing away our goods in the bear proof containers we decided to hit the trails and visit the nearby Grant Grove. Along the way we spotted many mammals, most of them new to me such as the California Ground Squirrel (seen below) under a down tree near our campsite.

After a peaceful walk from the camprgound we finally made it to the large Sequoia grove. Tomorrow I will post all about the big trees but here's a little tease to tide you over:

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