Our trip was amazing it was with Road Scholar and there were 34 of us altogether. The weather was perfect but isn't it always in California! This was our second Road Scholar trip and again there were 6 of us from Maine. The Petersens and the Elas were traveling together but we met another couple from Bar Harbor, Maine. The trip was called the 4 Jewels-Sequoia, King's Canyon, Yosemite and Death Valley. We went from 8,800 feet above sea level to 282 feet below sea level in this trip and the hottest too in Death Valley at 112 degrees! Yikes!
Our first National Park was Sequoia National Park and it was amazing how big these trees are! There was actually a tunnel through one of the Sequoias that had fallen down and we walked through it. We had a tour guide that joined us here and did a portrayal of John Muir at dinner. He was great. What would we have done without John Muir? General Sherman was the biggest Sequoia in the Park.
After Sequoia we headed to King's Canyon and then onto Yosemite. There was a fire in the canyon but firefighers were able to get it under control but we did see helicopters bringing in water to put out the fire. We saw rock climbers on El Capitan and just before we arrived in Yosemite 2 rock climbers fell to their death off El Capitan. There is a camp in Yosemite which is mostly filled with rock climbers. Pictures below of Yosemite's waterfalls and the landscape.
|Mark and General Lee|
|Rock climber in red|
|Fire in the canyon|
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|Another view of Bridal Veil|
|Walking to Yosemite Falls|
|The National Park Travelers|
One last picture is a picture of our bus driver. He was terrific! Driving on some of these roads and going through the canyons that we did, took some expertise at driving and we all felt safe with him at the wheel. He was a cool guy also, he came to the US 20 plus years ago from Poland and I loved his accent.
|Thank you Frank!|