Off to Kings Canyon National Park!

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Off to Kings Canyon National Park!
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Fri, 06-22-2007 - 5:24pm

I'm off to Kings Canyon with my sweetie from June 30th to July 3rd. I have been camping there about 4 other times. I'm leading the camping trip for the Loma Prieta Gay and Lesbian Sierra Club section (http://www.lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/gls/index.html). We are in group site C. So far about 6 people are signed up for the trip.

I'm looking forward to hiking to Mist Falls on Sunday and on Monday taking a leisurely hike along the King River to Roaring River falls and back. At night we'll have a potluck one night and both nights we'll sit around the fire and gab I expect. I'm also looking forward to that refreshing plunge into the King river to clean up at the end of the day. I don't want to deal with the shower lines for a real cleanup.

This trip will be extra sweet because I just found a new job and have 2 weeks off between the end of my current job and the start of the new one. So I'll be able to relax and enjoy the trip knowing I have a job to come home to rather than a job search to come home to!

Anyone have any news of Kings Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/seki/) that might interest me? Any fires there recently?? I wonder how the bears are this year. Are the bugs bad? I'll probably head to their web site just before the trip to check out the latest news.

Cathy

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Sat, 06-23-2007 - 11:51am

That is so beautiful there!


Congrats on the new job!!!


Great to have a bit of a break to relax between jobs.


The hiking sounds like fun!! I don't walk very far anymore...esp over unleveled ground...fear of my hip giving out!! Boy o boy to I should like I am 80 today LOL


OK I have to ask!! Do you ever run into snakes, or wild animals on your hikes??


We have the odd cougar, bobcat, bear...ect here. We are out of the poisonous snake area. The odd one (rattler) does rap himself under cars and ends up in new areas. I can handle garter snakes...but the thought of poisonous snake...yuck!!


Let us know how the trip goes!!


Do you have any good recipes or tips. I think I will go bump up the recipe thread, and look for or create a tip thread!!


Nice talking to you again!

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Take Me Camping ! 

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Sun, 06-24-2007 - 2:05pm

I do run into wild animals on my hikes.

The last time we were at Kings Canyon we saw a rattle snake just off the trail to Mist Falls sunning itself. The trail to Mist Falls is so popular that we had advance warning that there was a rattle snake up ahead. My partner loves reptiles so she was excited to see it. We were careful to stay back to not upset it since it was venemous. If a snake is not venemous she will try and catch it and hold it. I am initially mildly frightened of a snake but I can usually calm down the fear and enjoy observing the snake in its element.

In Yosemite I have seen bears on the trail. I was hiking down the John Muir trail on my way back to the valley from Half Dome and not ten feet in front of me a bear lumbered on to the trail. That gave me a fright. I just stopped and let the bear continue across the trail and down the hill. I gave it a good amount of time to get far below me on the switch back trail and then continued hiking. We saw a bear and a cub in the woods at Kings Canyon. We gave them wide berth and there were no problems. It was exciting and scary at the same time to see them.

I have seen a bob cat from a distance at a place called Marin Headlands in California. It is just north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge on the Pacific ocean coast. We saw it pounce. That was cool.

At Henry Coe state park south of San Jose, I have seen wild pigs. Although last time I was at Henry Coe I didn't see one wild pig. They are trying to get rid of them I believe as they are not a native animal in the park. I'm not sure how they are getting rid of them.

At Pinnacles National Monument 2 hours south of San Jose, they are bringing back Condors. We saw one last time we were there. That is one big bird. My friend Linda is involved in volunteering with the efforts to bring back the Condor to California. Alot of the work is at Pinnacles National Monument.

At Point Lobos state preserve (a park on the coast near Carmel CA) I have seen lots of sea lions, otters, and birds. If you are ever in Carmel CA, this is a great park to visit if you can't manage much walking. The park road goes right near the ocean at times and you can park and walk to a bench and sit down and observe the wild life in the ocean.

Cathy

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Sun, 06-24-2007 - 8:06pm

Thanks for the update, Cathy!

~Jackie



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Tue, 08-07-2007 - 4:08pm

I am long back from Kings Canyon. We had a marvelous time. It was a little on the hot side so the mosquitos were out at night. I prefer the cooler trips where it gets too cold for the mosquitos in the evening. Parts of the day hike were pretty brutal in the heat but we survived and had plenty of water to guzzle to keep us hydrated and healthy.

See http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/559767723WhKUYc for pictures from the camping trip.

Now we are back at home and I am at my new job which so far I really like. The people are great and the work is challenging and the short 2 mile commute to work is absolutely wonderful.

Cathy

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Wed, 08-08-2007 - 10:46am
Thanks for the return visit, Cathy =)

~Jackie