Beginning on the southern entrance into the Sequoia we settled to fast camp alongside the Kern river for the weekend. Camp websites and moveable loos have been made obtainable all alongside the river. Some websites have been closed however rather a lot have been open. That was a shock compared to what California had open the final time after we went by means of the northern half in December.
Discovering this spot made us hopeful about future tenting spot alternatives alongside the Sequoia forest however sadly we have been being naive. From what we gathered, due to Covid, all of California’s forests employees have been “quick staffed” and due to this fact solely sure “paid” campgrounds have been open. Those that have been open have been reservation solely and a few you needed to reserve six months upfront! Many of the forest roads have been nonetheless closed. Even elements of the Nationwide parks have been nonetheless closed.
We have been hoping to see Yosemite and Kings canyon however after driving all the way in which up previous the Sequoia nationwide park, seeing a number of miles of burnt forest and logging, I had determined that I’d seen sufficient and would slightly come again at one other time after I might have the total expertise with none restrictions or street closures. No level in seeing half of a forest that gives a lot!
It was unbelievable strolling among the many giants of the sequoia. These timber can stay for as much as or over 3,000 years. Their bark is 3 ft in diameter. The bark is the softest bark I’ve ever felt. The timber can solely reproduce from tiny seeds that want simply the precise situations for a sapling to thrive. Forest fires truly facilitate by offering nutrient wealthy ash through which the seeds must develop. The timber are shielded from fires as a result of their thick bark is flame resistant. They’re additionally extraordinarily hardy, resisting fungal rot and wooden boring beetles.
European-Individuals first stumbled upon big sequoias within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in 1853, in line with The Guardian. It took three weeks to chop down. The stump was used as a dance ground. Though sequoias have been logged within the 1870s, their wooden doesn’t make for good lumber as a result of it’s fibrous and brittle.
Fortunately now, many of the big sequoia groves are protected.
After exploring these wonderful timber, we headed by means of wine valley up and down what appeared like hours of probably the most winding roads you’ve ever seen. We noticed many valleys with nice views solely occupied by livestock.
The air smelled candy from the tons of of orchards which included every thing factor from oranges, lemons, to grapefruit and extra.
It had been an exhausting three days within the automobile. We had seen rather a lot and have been all able to discover a spot the place we might cool down for some time. With a lot of California being closed, we knew the place we wanted to go for this. So we headed additional up north in the direction of Oregon.