Is it really so strange to walk around with your arms and backpack full of wood and then chuck it all into your vehicle?
|Hiking boots, firewood, sleeping bags, pillows and boxes of food. Isn't this what everyone carries in the back of their vehicle?|
Fortunately, the rangers encourage you to collect firewood in Kings Canyon National Park. We might have looked like weirdos, but it was all legit. Sure, you can buy firewood, but half the time it doesn't burn well and you spend your time dancing around the fire and trying to keep the smoke from getting in your eyes. Plus, when you collect your own firewood - it's free!
We had the best fire ever that night. Which was good, because we had the coldest night ever. Unfortunately, we misplaced the electric pump to our air mattress that day, which meant no air mattress that night, which meant a very, very cold night sleeping directly on the very, very cold ground. I think that was the night I decided middle age, sleeping in a tent and cold weather don't really go all that well together.
Scott has been taking pictures of all of the signs as we enter National Parks. This is one of the more creative signs we've seen - I like the mountains next to the tree trunks.
|If there was a beauty contest for National Park Service signs, Kings Canyon would win.|
Kings Canyon is divided into two parts - Giant Grove, a small section chock full of Giant Sequoias (like you find in the neighboring Sequoia National Park), and the larger Kings Canyon & Cedar Grove area. If you're coming from Sequoia National Park (like we were), you start off at Giant Grove to check out the trees.
Honestly, after our time the Redwoods and Sequoia National Parks, I was starting to get a little tired of giant, red trees. But, I guess you can never see too many giant, red trees. Or can you?
|Did you know that Giant Sequoias don't generally die of old age, forest fire or disease? They usually die because they fall over. Strange, but true.|
Some of the best parts of Kings Canyon National Park are the roads you drive to get there. Like the General's Highway and the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.
|Have you ever noticed that we have more pictures of our vehicle in this blog then of us? The Pathfinder is definitely more photogenic!|
We collected our firewood on a walk through the Zumwalt Meadow. You can do a nice little loop trail which takes you around the meadow through boulder lined pathways and boardwalks.
|It just amazes me that people can make pathways through boulders. Seems like some really hard work!|
|The number one cause of death in Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks is drowning. The river is pretty to look at, but dangerous.|
And one final shot of Kings Canyon, for no particular reason.
We made the best fire ever at Kings Canyon on 26 October 2014.