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May 22, 2018 - Our Stay in Visalia, CA.

May 13th to May 20th Today we left Atascadero and traveled 120 miles to Visalia, CA. for a one week stay at the Elks Lodge #1298 to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP’s. The Lodge has water an electric sites only 50 amp for $25 per night. On Tuesday we headed into Sequoia and Kings Canyon to visit the general (see Pic) a hike down hill on a paved walk way for pictures and then back to the car and head for Kings Canyon, a stop for a picnic lunch along a rushing stream before driving along some beautiful scenery to the Kings Canyon visitors...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Visalia, CA

Well, we continue to head south and east and it is getting hotter and hotter. 102 on our 1st day here in Visalia and 103, the 2nd. UGH! After a LONG 4 hour drive on a 2 lane highway with sooooo many trucks, we finally arrived. We set up and stayed inside to beat the heat. 102 is hot! Even Rocky didn’t want to go out. Then about 5pm, we headed to downtown Visalia for the Thursday night farmer’s market. It was actually quite big and they had lots of great produce. I would certainly hope so as we’re in the central valley of California which is...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Sequoia and Kings Canyon

I took a couple days off to do some maintenance. We restocked at Wal Mart,got haircuts and had the truck serviced.(we have clocked 4500 miles so far) Today we are back in tour mode. The countryside has changed dramatically from the desert. On the way to the park we passed miles of fields of Halo orange trees and rolling countryside. Spent the day at Sequoia and Kings Canyon.Strolled through the General Grant Grove of giant sequoias.This grove showcases some of the best sequoia habitat anywhere, producing some of the world's largest trees....

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Jun 26, 2015 - Visalia, CA

Daily Mileage --- 260 Trip Mileage --- 260 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Today we drove from Chino to Keene, CA, (between Mojave and Bakersfield) and then to the Elks Lodge in Visalia, CA to spend the night. While at Keene, we visited the Cesar Chavez National Monument. Cesar Chavez was the first to fight for farm workers rights in California. While I was growing up we called these seasonal workers "braceros". The following is taken from The Webster Dictionary: bracero |brəˈse(ə)rō|...

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Summer Trippin'

Apr 4, 2015 - Visalia, California

The last week we have travelled from Lake Havasu, Arizona to where we are now in Central California. On the way we stopped for a couple of nights at "Joshua Tree National Park" a really unique park in southern California. Many opportunities to hike among and over the rocks which look more like piles of huge boulders. The name "Joshua Tree" of course comes from the biblical story in Exodus where as long as Moses held up his hands Joshua and the Israelite army were winning the battle. Ex.17:10-13. At a high point in the park you have a...

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Escaping Freeseland

Mar 27, 2015 - More Family

Our first stop traveling north is in Visalia in the Central Valley of California. The only reason we stop here is because my younger brother and his family live nearby. -- We took Hwy 46/41 across from the coast to Visalia. Once again, it was a pleasant drive and the road is in excellent condition. We noticed how brown the hills were on this trip compared to two weeks ago. The north sides of the hills are still showing some green, but the rest is brown and very dry. -- We stay in Visalia at the KOA. It is a nice park with lots of trees...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Oct 26, 2014 - Over the Mountains & Thru the Valley to Hartland Christian Camp

We woke to very low clouds over & on the mountains that surround Tehachapi & wind. We were all set to hit the road at 9:00 when David spotted a flat tire on the trailer. After removing the tire & checking it for leaks, David decided he had loosened the tire pressure monitor too far yesterday & it let the air out overnight. Good news was we could just air up the tire & be on our way a little over an hour later. We got out of the wind as soon as we crested Tehachapi Pass & headed down into the Central Valley. The drought in this part of...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Kings Canyon National Park

Yesterday we visited Kings Canyon National Park which actually abuts Sequoia NP; they are managed together along with Sequoia National Forest. From General Grant Grove, a mile from the Kings Canyon gate, Kings Canyon Scenic Byway descends to the canyon floor where the road winds alongside the Kings River. From the Visitors Center at Grant Grove it’s approximately 30 miles to the road’s end. It took us one and a half hours to drive to the road's end due to the curves and switchbacks. The canyon floor is relatively flat with fantastic views...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Beautiful Desert, Giant Trees and a Bear

The Mojave Desert is starkly beautiful, green if there’s been some rain and flat brown if none. The mountains are brown or gray and the “rivers” are usually dry and sandy. Even the cacti are sparse except in a few places. At Tehachapi Pass near Edwards Air Force Base and the town of Mojave, we saw a very interesting sight. There were hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines as far as the eye could see, spread across the desert and climbing to the top of mountains. I googled it and found that they are part of something called the Alta Wind...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Napa Valley Wineries

What a fun day! First off, we drove down to the marina to see about ferry schedules into San Francisco. From there, we went to Napa Valley Wineries. We took a tour of Berringers Winery. That was very interesting going into the caves where the wine is stored. It also included wine tasting. We had lunch at V. Sattui Winery. They have a wonderful deli. Then we stopped at Sutter Homes Winery for a sampling. It would be an impossibility to see all the wineries in this valley. They do give you a generous tasting to say the least, not hard to get...

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Westward Ho! 2014

Jun 11, 2014 - Hiking Yosemite

Our hiking trips today were to Bridalveil Falls. It was pretty but already the water is drying up. They are in a severe draught here. We heard also that two more fires were burning in the area. Next we stopped at Merced Groves to see the Giant Sequoias but only to find out that it was a two mile hike down a very steep and windy path, so we decided to go anyway... BUT .... we got about 2/3 of the way down and it was getting steeper and steeper, so we decided we better stop and head back up. What a trip that was. With the high altitude and...

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Westward Ho! 2014

Jun 10, 2014 - Hetch Hetchy Valley

Today we drove into Groveland which is a little western mining town. It was a neat place to see and we had lunch at "Iron Door Saloon" which is the oldest Saloon in California. Then we happened across a very secluded part of Yosemite called Hetch Hetchy Valley. The drive ends at Hetch Hetchy Dam which contains the water supply for most of San Francisco area. From there we had a great view of the Wapama Falls. Driving into this area you can see all the burn scars from last years fire.

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Westward Ho! 2014

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