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  • Day43

    Kings Canyon National Park

    October 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Today, we went to Kings Canyon NP. We decided to take it a little slowly, have some stops on the way and do a smaller loop rather than taking the long, strenuous canyon road (which is a dead end road). So we stopped at General Grant Tree, a giant sequoia and the nation's official Christmas tree. (Fun fact: Its trunk would fit 159.000 basketballs 😉) Afterwards, we continued to Hume Lake. On the way, we could enjoy stunning views over the canyon. We ended up at Redwood Canyon where we hiked a little in a more remote area to see and admire more of the giant trees.Read more

  • Day44

    Sequoia NP or Picnic with a bear

    October 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Another eventful day on our trip... It started with a 200m climb on gravel with up to 12% elevation. Pretty exhausting, but we made it! A good test for South America 😊
    We then cycled on a sandy dirt road to Buck Rock, a fire lookout with amazing views. The ranger who works there during the summer months actually lives in the lookout and wakes up with this incredible view every morning.
    At lunch, we had an encounter with a bear. While having our wraps, we heard steps behind us, turned around and saw a bear crossing the road, just about 10m away from us. Unlike the one in Mt Rainier National Park, this bear behaved as described in the school books: as soon as he realized that we saw him, he ran away as fast as he could.
    We followed the "rolling" Generals Highway through the park which passed many sequoias including Sherman Tree, the world's biggest one (volume wise).
    The day ended with the best descent EVER! A 1500m 8% descent, uncountable smooth turns, stunning autumn colors and great views over the canyon. The 2-day ascent was absolutely worth the 1.5 hour downhill!
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  • Day10

    Random little adventures

    August 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    We spent the afternoon exploring the park since there are so many little hikes. We found an overlook covered in stacked stones. It almost looked like a ceremonial witchcraft setup. We also found a huge waterfall closer to Cresent Grove. It was about an hour drive from our campsite. Finally, we visited the John Muir Rock. We didn't get many photos there because the beach was too nice not to swim in. It was freezing water, but still nice to stick your feet in. To Rhys' surprise, a mama bear and her two cubs passed by while we were there.Read more

  • Day4

    Kings Canyon & Sequoia Nationalpark

    October 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Heute haben wir uns auf den Weg zum nächsten Nationalpark gemacht. Wir sind zuerst in den Kings Canyon gefahren, der über den Sequoia National Forest mit dem Sequoia Nationalpark verbunden ist.
    Im Kings Canyon und Sequoia National Forest gab es für uns viele Wälder und Berge zu sehen. Die herbstlichen Farben haben uns hier besonders gefallen.
    Danach ging es weiter in den Sequoia Nationalpark, wo es die großen Mammutbäume zu sehen gibt. Wir haben eine kleine Wanderung zum größten Baum der Welt, dem General Sherman, gemacht.
    Gegen Abend haben wir uns dann schon im Dunkeln auf den Weg nach Santa Barbara gemacht und sind direkt neben einem der großen Waldbrände vorbeigefahren, sodass alles hellrot beleuchtet war.
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  • Day2

    More stumps and bugs

    July 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We stood on the Mark Twain stump. People in New York didn't believe the slice of tree brought out in pieces and reassembled was real. They called it a hoax. We also saw a dying tree shedding its bark and lots of bees and butterflies.Read more

  • Day3

    Hot night in van!

    July 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We did NOT do very well last night - van was much hotter than air outside! We've talked about strategies and will try some new techniques tonight. Also we all started with our heads at one end with me in the middle - but I realized I needed to lie the other way to give us more room. It will be cramped but we can do it! Team Dickerman!Read more

  • Day2

    Setting up Camp

    July 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Kids and I are setting up a bit. I taught Franklin how to wave me back into a spot. Samantha is just relaxing.

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