We had a chance to go camping last weekend, and we took it. Last Friday, we packed up the little Honda Civic with clothes, toys, food, beverages, and anything else that came to mind, and left town for Sequoia National Park. After a five plus hour drive, we hit our campsite, in the beautiful Kern Valley, right next to the Kern River. We met up with some family and friends, and took over two camping spots. We slept in our tent, and my son Lucas slept in his own tent this trip, thanks to Grandma and Papa!
Saturday was a lazy day, we hardly left the campsite. We hung out in front of the fire pit, talked, napped, and enjoyed the beautiful valley around us. The Kern River was about 2 hundred feet from our campsite, which made for a nice background for sleeping. The river was fairly high, cold, and moving quickly, but we saw a few brave souls venture downstream in kayaks despite all that. That night we made friends with a few other campers, and stayed up late enjoying the company.
Sunday, we ventured out across the river to hike the Whiskey Flat Trail, which was less than a half mile long. On the way back, we forked off the trail, and ended up on a beautiful rock outcropping into the Kern River. We lounged here for an hour or so, enjoying the cool river air, and the great rapids that formed in the river. The rock was some sort of shale, which made great skipping rocks.
We left Sunday evening, the rest of our group stayed on through Monday. If you are in California, and are wanting to explore some of our national parks, I’d recommend the Sequoia National Park.
The whole set of photos is here.