Unheard of! Never seen before (I hope)! An RV’er experience you’ll not believe!
Driving 200 miles from Yosemite to Kings Canyon was a painstaking 9 hours—just 22 mph approximately. I could pedal that fast. Here’s how it went. We hooked up the Airstream and left the magnificent Tuolumne Meadows around 9 AM. While waiting at the RV Disposal site, idiots in front of us dumped without a sewer hose. Unbelievable! We could see the waste matter gushing out, like Yosemite Falls in full force, from the side of their rental RV spilling all over the concrete. Stuff gushed like the Merced River toward a small disposal hole. Ugly! You got the picture, particularly if you’re are RV’er. Disgusting!. A big sign in this rental RV said “Germany.” You would think these tourist’s are smarter! So we backed up the trailer and booked out of there. We imagined bacteria running loose, contaminating the area. Barf!!!!!!
Still needing to dump, we drove out of Yosemite on the scenic Tioga Road. Down into Yosemite Valley, views of Half Dome and El Capitan, and over to Oakhurst. About 80 miles of electrifying granite, pines, and curves. Slow going 30-35 mph! Gail’s “All Stays” campground iPad app indicated an Oakhurst Elks lodge had an RV dump. So we dropped in. Wrong! This was a little 20 to 30 minute delay while we needed to back up and turn around, due to entering on a road with no outlet.
Next, we headed toward Fresno. The freeway was a parking lot 3-4 miles moving about as fast as I could walk backwards on a broken leg (knock on wood). Bad accident! A car rear ended a fire truck. The car was compressed, like crushing a soda can with your foot, wedged under the fire truck rear. Most likely no survivors (prayers for the family). At least a dozen fire trucks parked all over the freeway with crews standing around, I suppose, trying to figure out what to do next. A gut wrenching scene.
We drove to Whole Foods in Fresno and parked the rig in a dozen compact spaces, ate a late lunch and shopped for staples, i.e., coffee, eggs, produce, grass-fed beef, popcorn and other stuff. At Whole Foods, we were concerned we would not get a camp site at Kings Canyon National Park, since they are first come, first serve. Even though it’s Monday and off-season, it does not seem to be off-season for many European’s—and at least 1 stupid couple—they love our National Parks. The park office said come on over, we’ll have sites. Feeling relief!
Still needing to dump, back on the road it is 102 Fresno degrees. We stopped at an RV park to dispose our waste properly with the acceptable “conduit.” Now heading to Kings Canyon the temperature dropped 27 degrees on the 10-15 mile drive up hill, gaining roughly 5,000 feet in elevation.
We arrived at 6PM at the Azalea campground. We picked a superb site after driving all the loops. The Airstream looks “sweet” shiny under a baby giant Sequoia. Lot’s open space so our solar panels can recharge our batteries—our kind of site, most campers do not want—they prefer shade. No hook ups! No AT&T service. Grant Village says there is a Verizon tower with good cell service (I did see a tower on the Big Baldy hike).
Only 8 PM I could see the stars and milky way. Very dark. A “premo” site at $9 a night (half off) on my National Park Senior Pass. I hope my brother is reading this blog post so he will load up his grand kids and meet us out here. The price is right for a family vacation those kids will never forget. I promise to buy Big Brother a sewer hose for his rental RV
Oh, we are a 10 minute walk from a Sequoia Grove and the 3rd largest tree in the world—General Grant.
Big spacious site for the Airstream.
Baby Sequoia by the Airstream.
Hike on Sunset trail from camp.
Lunch break on Sunset trail.
General Grant: 268 feet tall, 44 feet diameter, 1,700 years old.
And if you are not used to it yet, Gail is into pics of mini-wildflowers and seed pods. She has a eye for finding these small (smaller than a pinky thumb nail) but spectacular gems.
Amazing seed pod!
We have been in Kings Canyon 6 days now and plan to stay 4 more!