After the excitement of the century ride, we decided to take some time off and enjoy the extended summer weather we are lucky enough to get here in California. We thought about going to Yosemite camping, but decided to head for Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks instead. We had never been to either one and they are a little closer to Southern California.
It turned out to be a great decision. These parks don’t get as many visitors, so it’s pretty easy to find yourself completely alone on a hiking trail. It’s a shame that more people don’t visit, because the scenery is beautiful. The star attractions are the sequoia trees. It’s hard to describe how tiny you feel standing next to them, and it’s amazing to think about all the things that have happened in the last 1,000 to 2,000 years while they’ve been growing.
Besides the trees, there are also great views of the mountains and canyons, and so many trails that you hike for weeks and not repeat them.
Here’s a view of something else that was on the trails with us, along with a giant sequoia.