WHEN DID I GO: August 20, 2017
WHY DID I GO: USA Road Trip – checking out Cali before heading home to Seattle!
HOW LONG WAS I THERE: 3-4 hours
WHERE DID I STAY: Visalia KOA
General Sherman & The Big Ass Trees! Okay, I will just say it. Sequoias are cool! I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever experienced something like that before. To be surrounded by all these absolute immense trees. You’re literally in a forest of giants. They utterly dwarf you! And it was pretty incredible!
The bus system. What I’ve learned on this national park road trip has been that some National Parks have phenomenal bus systems and some have less-phenomenal bus systems. It kind of depends on the park and how integral a good transportation system is to
Parking & Crowds. Maybe it’s because Sequoia is a smaller park than Yosemite, but it was absolutely packed at this park. It didn’t matter where I went seemingly, there were hoards of people. You just kind of had to go into the day with an attitude of patience, or you’d get pissed off at the crowds. This was especially the case when I was first arriving and trying to find a place to park. It didn’t matter where I went or how far I drove into the park, there was no parking and I was beginning to think that I would just have to turn around and leave! Eventually, I followed the signs to the Wolverton Shuttle parking lot and I was able to find parking there with very convenient shuttles to the remainder of the park, including General Sherman, the Giants Forest, and Moro Rock. But parking was definitely a hassle.
They’re just trees. Okay, some people might not like that this was a bummer. But, after you’ve spent some amount of time actually looking at General Sherman and getting your first glimpse at the immensity of the Sequoia trees, ultimately, things really start to look the same. It’s kind of like, “Oh look, another big tree!
It would’ve been fun to