Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 6 ~ Nothing Like The Long Way Around :)

Day 6 started with the best breakfast of the trip at a little place called Hays Street Cafe in Bridgeport, California.    It was wonderful and we all got mugs. :)

We headed out for Sonora Pass...as you might recall we were forced to take the long way around (due to 120 being closed due to snow) to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia OR forgo all three all together.  We decided to risk the clock (and the calendar) and go for it.  One word ~ amazing.  The Sonora Pass was breathtaking in more ways than one...Treva nearly lost her breath (and her breakfast) a few times.  Doretha not only got to see snow capped mountains...she got to play in them.  Literally we are in the desert at 107 degrees and today 48 degrees in the mountains.  Our bodies are going to kill us for this. :)

We finally made Yosemite National Park around noon.  The good news is that we got to see all of the falls.  The bad news is that we did not make it to the visitor's center or anywhere else.  The entire park..and I do mean entire...was packed.  There was little parking to start with and none for us.  We finally threw in the towel and headed south for Kings Canyon and Sequoia.  We saw the most important stuff, and let me say..it was breathtaking.

We made Kings Canyon National Park and subsequently Sequoia National Park around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.  I have never seen three national parks make you work harder to get into them and get out of them, but the views were breathtaking.  Just imagine five people squealing with delight (and terror on some of the curves) and you will get close to what it was like in our truck.  I got a fantastic shot of Leon smiling and squealing out the sunroof as we drove through Sequoia.  Priceless. :)

The million dollar moment really came around 7:40 p.m. when we got stuck at a road block leaving the Sequoia N.P. and by stuck...I mean on the side of a mountain in the middle of a line of cars.  On Treva's side you had a straight down shot.  Let me just say that Treva was not thrilled.  The day had been full of curvy roads so she had already had a rough day, but on a turn right before the road block, there had been a really tight, sharp turn and she yelled, "Wesley!!!" and then says, "Something is pouring all over me." We all die laughing as we all realize that Treva had been squeezing her cup so tightly she had sloshed water all over her lap.  It was priceless.  :)

If all of this were not enough, Leon found a wounded butterfly and tried to nurse it back to health feeding it my wildflower bouquet in the front.  Bless his heart.  He named it Junior and was convinced he could make him better.  He slept with it all night.

Exhausted...hot and exhausted.  No a/c in the loft of this place.

Sunshine Dreams to You ~ Today and Every Day! :) 

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