This post will cover day three of a trip my dad, Jacob, and I took at the beginning of September 2013. We had spent the first couple of days making our way to California and then crossing over the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. I was excited to start the day since we were finally going to experience some national parks!
Day 3 - 198 miles
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First up was Sequoia National Park. Just outside of Three Rivers we found the entrance, paid our fees, and began our ascent into the western foothills. The views were astounding, when we didn't have the sun in our eyes. That problem disappeared when we finally reached the shade of the giant sequoias. We were surrounded on either side by trees that defied belief.
Ewoks hiding among the tree tops. We had to explain to my dad what an Ewok was.
General Sherman! The largest tree by volume. The circumference of the base is 102ft or 31meters. My dad and I had to wait for our turn to get our picture taken.
Spanish Mountain. While the higher peaks, between the trees on the right, are Mt. Reinstein and Mt. Goddard.
Kings Canyon National Park. An amazing road for motorcycling! You switchback your way down 8200 feet and eventually end up heading off into the canyon on the right, where you ride along the Kings River.
King's Canyon Lodge.
Cedar Grove Lodge, where we bought some hotdogs for lunch. I walked down to river to wet my bandana for the ride up. Down it the canyon it was a lot warmer, probably upper eighties.
General Grant tree. Currently the third largest tree in the world, President Coolidge declared it the nation's Christmas tree in 1926.
The parking lot was full, so Jacob and my dad decided to make their own parking spaces seen below. I was concerned about parking tickets so you can barely make out my bike above the red SUV in the center.
Pine Flat Lake, an artificial lake created back in 1954. You could tell Southern California has been experiencing a drought by how low the water line was.
Shaver Lake, with an elevation of 5600 feet. The perfect elevation to get us out of the heat.
Shaver Lake Village Hotel. It was a good thing that I did. The owner had already closed by the time we arrived, but had left an envelope pinned to the door with our room keys. This place was great! If you're ever in the area this is where you should stay:)