’06 Oct: see the Giant Sequoias!

A birthday outing for Sandy, with Nancy too.

Sandy and Nancy and…

October 12

Sandy and Nancy and I are off to Sequoia for our two-nighter adventure in honor of Sandy’s birthday.

First stop has got to be The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge in Three Rivers where we ate a lovely lunch and enjoyed the ambiance and scenery at this very cool joint.

The Giant Forest nature…

The Giant Forest nature trail is an excellent introduction I think to the life of the Giant Sequoias. There are explanatory signs all along the way. The museum (which we also passed by) is right next door.


Very soon evening came…

Very soon evening came upon us. We ate dinner in the dining room of the Wuksachi Lodge where we were staying. The Wuksachi Lodge is by far the most upscale place in Sequoia but as I reminded S&N, like it was a chant, ‘it is still a National Park, don’t forget, it’s a National Park.’

I was trying to manage expectations… It was fun! They served cream of peanut soup.

The morning view out…

October 13

The morning view out our window. Looks mighty good don’t you think!?

At Wuksachi they have the pretty nice Lodge for dining with a bar and a lounge area. The rooms are located up the road a piece in three large-ish motel-lodge-ish buildings. Our room was fine – modest as expected but plenty big and the views were excellent.

We drove into Grant…

We drove into Grant Grove Visitor Center and Village. We ate the breakfast buffet and I think everyone was satisfied enough.

This shot is from the Visitor Center diorama room. We were all very hot for this room.

Happy Birthday Sandy! …

October 14

Happy Birthday Sandy! We had breakfast at the Lodge (this is the view out the bar window), strolled around some, and then packed up for the homeward journey.

Early this morning and for much of yesterday all the views were visible at f16 with a super-duper distortion-free sharpen filter that was so edgy it made your eyes bleed.

…on a recently active…

…on a recently active fire road near General Grant.

Then we had a nice birthday lunch at a funky diner along the way, and by 8pm I was snug in my bed. Thank you Sandy and Nancy for making this trip possible. That wonderful smell fills my head and those gorgeous sights dance in my eyes.


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