Saturday, September 08, 2007

King's Canyon

Greetings from King's Canyon National Park, about 60 miles east of Fresno, CA. Yes, the internet extends out to even here. This also marks the first time that my wireless card in my laptop has agreed to work in the last two days, which is why there was no blog post yesterday.

On Thursday Mark and I drove down to Big Sur, on the central California coast, and did around 7 miles of hiking. We got to see some great scenery, and one trail that we took peaked on a bluff overlooking the ocean. It would have been even cooler if it wasn't so hazy, but such is life. We also took a small trail to see a place where a waterfall dumps out onto a beach, which was pretty cool. We capped it off with dinner at Denny's, and then crashed.

Yesterday was the day of the whale-watching trip, and we were successful, getting to watch a pair of humpback whales for a little under an hour. We couldn't see the entire animal, of course, but one of them did poke its head out of the water once and we got dozens of views of them breathing and showing their tails. We also got to see a school of over 20 dolphins, a bunch of sea lions, a sea otter, jellyfish, and a bunch of birds. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it. We then spent the rest of the day driving east to get to King's Canyon. We took the "scenic" back route, which involved lots of windy mountain roads. It was a lot of driving, but we finally got here. We are staying in a 2-bed cabin in the park, close to the market store, lodge, and restaurant. I'm sure Mark would rather be camping, but I want the warm bed at night to sleep on.

Today and tomorrow are all about hiking and looking at giant sequoia trees.

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