03.06.2019 - 03.06.2019
We were ready to continue our trip and head further south along the Sierra Nevadas . During the 5 night stay at Eastman lake the weather changed daily. It started off in the mid 70s & cloudy but ending with a beautiful sunset,
followed by a hot sunny day in the 90s where we cooked out and got a nice tan. The next morning we woke up to much cooler temperatures, but we packed our rucksack ready to hike Yosemite anyway, which is about an hour drive from camp. The weather changed once we approached higher elevation and the closer we drove towards Yosemite NP the worse it got. We stopped in Oakhurst where a Winterstorm advisory was blinking in orange letters on the road sign . A couple of roads to the park where closed due to weather and we pulled over to make the decision, if it was a bad move to continue without snow chains. Just the short walk from the truck to the grocery store was reason enough to decide against it and go back to camp. It was raining, 42 degrees and we did not wear the right gear. Unfortunately we were not prepared for that hike , got groceries instead and drove back to a much warmer climate . We were crossing our fingers that Sequoia would be a better pick which is 2 hours further South. Upon arrival at Sequoia Ranch RV park it was still chilly and cloudy, but miraculously once we set up camp the sky opened up it got hot quick. We were told in the office that this was the first glimpse of summer this season. Looks like we arrived on the right day. I really didn't want to skip that park. We had a shaded side by the Creek, sat up chairs and dipped our toes into ice cold mountain water.
Sequoia RV Ranch is only minutes away from the park entrance and worth the $55 per night. I washed all the clothes and took advantage of full hookup. In order to enter Sequoia NP you have to pay a fee of $30 per vehicle unless you have an all access card. It takes about an hour of driving up very steep and winding roads before you reach the giant redwoods. Along the way are several spots where you can stop and enjoy the scenery. We noticed a secluded waterfall and had to pull of the road to goof around on the slippery rocks.
We saw some Class C RV'S making the trip up the mountain with a 32' length restriction. You definitely cannot bring your Motorhome up to the Sequoias.
By the time we reached over 6000 feet we saw the famous redwoods and actually oohed and aaahed, trying to spot the biggest one. Now we couldn't wait to see the General Sherman.
But first we hiked Moro Rock
Yes, that one...
The view was amazing from up there.
The air is definitely thinner up there and we had to take our time climbing up all the stairs.
Another must-do is driving through the log tunnel...
Finally we made it to the tallest tree on earth. Too bad I can't fit him entirely into the frame.