This week, I traveled up to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks twice — first on Thursday with my aunt, second was today with Jeff & Riley.
On Thursday, my aunt and I had planned to hit Hume and then maybe an attraction or two in the parks. Well, she wanted to go to Buck Rock because she had fond memories of going up there with my great-grandma and bringing the fire lookout some fresh fruit. Unfortunately, we were in my aunt’s Ford Focus, which was low on coolant… and low on clearance. Needless to say, we were about three miles short of the lookout before we had to turn around and head home to the valley.
So this morning, Jeff and I decided to take Riley up there since I still had a few more days on my park pass.
Sorry — photos from in the car are super blurry, but you get the gist of it.
This was a rare moment — where Riley actually stayed in the back of the car on her bed. For most of the trip, she was cradled in my arms… asleep.
We went straight to Hume for lunch at the Snack Shop. Riley was excited that Jeff got a burger to share with her 🙂
After lunch, we hit the Hume Market and got some snacks for the rest of the day. Riley hammed it up with a biker club outside the store, she was so disappointed to leave her new fan club members!
Long drive later, we finally got to Buck Rock.
Here’s a panorama of the view from the lookout towards Hume Lake.
Riley helping the Forest Service watch for fires. Her grandaddy was proud of this photo 🙂 Still need to email it to her great-grandad!
It’s 172 stairs up to the lookout — Riley went up about two and called it quits. So, Jeff carried her up and down the stairs! I bet the real lookout dog doesn’t have the ranger carry her!
I do have to admit, Riley was great on the granite trail leading up to the stairs.
Sorry — another super blurry pic — Riley passed out after the hard work of being carried up and down those stairs! She was asleep on her bed long enough to regain the energy to climb up into the front seat and my arms! Where she immediately passed out, again.
We stopped in Hume again to see if one of our friends was home, then went to Grant Grove where we were disappointed to learn the current park ranger hates dogs! There was a sign claiming that dogs aren’t allowed on trails in ANY national parks — which is a total farce, it’s up to the ranger of each park. I totally understand the reasons why — since most dog owners these days seem to be incredibly irresponsible — but it sucks for those of us who are completely responsible! Actually, people in general are completely irresponsible and ignorant :-\ as soon we pulled up, there were people jumping the trail fences to take pictures closer to the trees… not caring that those fences are there for a reason. At least we can still take her on most of the trails in Yosemite!!
So, long story short — all we have to show for Grant Grove is this picture of the two of them next to the twin Sequoia’s in the parking lot.
I’m excited to go back to the parks some more this summer. I LOVE the Buck Rock Campground — it’s pretty deserted compared to the other campgrounds. I converted my week pass to an annual one, so we need to head up there some more!
Riley is taking another nap, and I think I’m going to follow her lead now that this post is done 🙂