Out of Touch for a few days!
19 July 2021 | Bakersfield, CA
Mary Yeomans | Sunny, hot
I could not get online for a few days so here is an update -
July 18 - Fresno, CA
We slept in today! Both of us woke up at about 8:30 - unheard of for us, but we were well-rested! John made another yummy breakfast and we packed, said goodbye again, and headed off to the north. Bill drove through some very heavy traffic and stop-and-go situations, more than we expected on a Sunday morning. We stopped in Bakersfield for lunch and finally ate at an In-N-Out Burger place. We had been told how good the food is at these places, so we had to try it before we left California. Well, the burgers were good, but not phenomenal for us, and the jury is still out on the fries. They are made of fresh potatoes, peeled and cut onsite, but are kind of flabby and not crispy. Anyway, overall it was a good lunch.
Back in the car I drove while Bill researched and made hotel reservations. Traffic was heavy but not like this morning. We were driving through the San Joaquin Valley and passed miles of vineyards, orchards, and some stockyards. Mountains were in the distance but the valley was very flat and quite warm - up to 92. Eventually we reached our hotel in Fresno, and Bill took a nap for a bit while I checked email and did research about our adventure tomorrow.
After some wine and nibbles we ventured out to check off another thing on the list - Dell Taco! We have never been to one but we have heard about them for a long time. Bill had a chicken burrito and small habanero taco and I had a fish taco. They were all delicious! But, Bill prefers the sauce from Taco Bell...
Back for an early bedtime - we have to get going in the morning to Sequoia National Park, which is a little over an hour from here. Looking forward to seeing the big trees there.
July 19, 2021
We left the hotel at 8:15 and drove through a McDonald's for breakfast. An hour later we were entering Kings Canyon National Park, which is connected to Sequoia National Park - it hard to tell where one stops and the other starts. There is no cell service in this area and it borders on real wilderness.
As we entered the park it started to rain, and when we spoke to someone at the park we learned it hasn't rained in over two months so I guess this was for our benefit! Umbrellas were helpful and we got done what was necessary and headed up to the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Lots of twisty turns and great views later, we stopped at the Junction Overlook and turned around to go back down.Temperature there was 59!
The second half of our journey, heading south now, took us to the Sequoia National Park, and we stopped to have lunch ( bread, mayo, and turkey we bought at the Visitors Center Market) at an overlook. We got to the General Sherman Tree (the largest living organism on Earth) and after that I drove. This part of our trip was even more twisty and steep and Bill was sure he was having an aneurysm the whole time. We made it and headed into the San Joaquin Valley again, but this time we were in the midst of it. Orchards on all sides for a long way, and when we reached the end of the irrigation many oil rigs surrounded us. Temp was over 100.
We found our hotel, had some wine time , and then went for dinner at the New Vintage Grill. The food was good, and we headed back to the hotel full and ready for Night-night.