If you read my last post you know Dave and I were out in LA for awhile - and we are not city lovers. There were a few things we'd already planned to do - Joshua Tree National Park was the first thing, and we planned to go back to The Getty Center - but we didn't really have anything else set in stone.
So we decided to take the nearly 4 hour adventure up to Sequoia National Park! I'd actually wanted to go to Yosemite, but Dave talked me out of it because it was at least 5 hours - and honestly after making the actual drive I'm glad we didn't go that far!
Once we were out of LA the drive was actually quite pretty - for awhile. Then it got
Once we drove for what felt like forever (it actually wasn't that bad, we listened to comedy radio and a couple of Zig Ziglar lectures) we started going back up into the mountains again, and the sights definitely improved.
We took a quick break at Lake Kaweah in a little picnic area. The lake looks extremely dried up, but there were still quite a few boats out on it, and the campgrounds were full! (again, this could have been since it was Labor Day weekend)
Lake Kaweah is pretty close to Sequoia National Park, and there is a big fire up in the Kings Canyon National Park area - so even down here the sky was noticeably smoky.
By the time we finally made it to the park we didn't want to stop in the little "town" before the entrance for anything, we were just ready to get up into the park and see the sequoias. We had (we thought) plenty of gas, our car said an estimated 100-something miles until empty, so we just headed in....ish.
Apparently visiting a national park on a holiday weekend isn't a great idea if you don't want to be stuck in traffic. We didn't plan for this.
There were some serious wildfires in the area (I think I said something about them earlier) so the sky was significantly smoky - we could hardly see some of the peaks.
So....remember how I said we didn't stop to get gas in town because we had plenty and didn't want to waste anymore time because of the traffic? Yeah.....mistake. Since we were stuck in traffic in the park too we practically crawled from 1600' above sea level to 7400'.....and our gas gauge dropped SOOOOO quickly. Not good....
We went into the park at the Foothills Visitor Center, and the next gas station was in Stony Creek Village - 33 miles away. We should have been enjoying the drive much more than we actually did...probably because we were pretty sure we were going to run out of gas.
I wish we'd been a little smarter and actually gotten gas before heading into Sequoia, we didn't really dare stop and get out to look around....our gas gauge was pretty deep into the red zone and we still had about 11 miles left to the gas station at this point in the drive.
Our car was puffing on fumes, but we made it to the gas station!! Unfortunately we'd already driven past most of the biggest trees - but there were still some gorgeous views. The other great thing about being up this high on a hot day is the temperature was only about 75 here - and back in LA it was almost 115!
King's Canyon National Park was shut down because of the wildfires, so we just headed back to LA after we finished in the park. We didn't want to drive way into dark, plus I was starving!
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