Typically the travel process begins with the destination, followed by accommodations and itinerary. On very few instances, like this one, the destination was the result of the choice of accommodation. Sometime in January, Travelzoo, the internet company that scours for deals on travel and dining, etc., came out with another too-good-to-pass-up overnight at John Muir Lodge in Sequoia National Park. Naturally we were tempted, especially me. I have always wanted to do an overnight in a national park. What pushed us to the edge to buy it was another couple, friend of ours, who were equally excited to drive up for an overnight in the park. And so we set up the date, February 21, 2015.
Despite the sadness brought by a family member's death, we decided to push through with the trip. It was after all only an overnight and the wake and funeral were still days away.
The almost 5-hour drive was a good therapy, as it always am for me. Whenever I get the blues, a drive is my panacea. It's been a very dry, pleasant and mild winter around these parts, so I was not surprised to find the fruit trees in the orchards that we passed were all blooming. I was however pleasantly surprised to find so many wildflowers along the way.
As we neared our destination, the field of yellow got more intense.
We arrived at the park around 4 pm, checked in at the visitor center, and got a message from our friends to meet up for dinner at 6:30 pm at the restaurant next to the check in counter.
We had two hours to hit some short trails. We chose one that's close by, the General Grant Grove that contains the General Grant tree, the second largest tree in the world, next only to General Sherman tree , which is also inside the park.
I thought this sign was ugly funny, because it was this dry for a winter's day.
Along the trail we bumped into a park ranger. He assured us that they were expecting snowfall, very light he said, by evening and probably snow will be gone by the time we wake up the next day.
To be continued.............
OUR WORLD TUESDAY