Our trip south started on 11/14/2014 after Dick got cleared to travel following surgery in September. We had been staying at the Keizer Elk’s. Our first stop was Timber Valley SKP RV Park in Sutherlin, OR. SKP stands for Escapees and this park is a co-op park. We put our name on the waiting list for a lot because we liked it so much. In the meantime we rent a space whenever we can. Each site has a shed and gravel to park on. They are all about the same size. Some sites are plain and others like this one is nicely landscaped.
Wild Turkey’s came to eat in our yard.
And so did the deer.
Our next stop was the Redding Elk’s Lodge.
The lounge is very nice. It has some very nice murals, this is just one of them.
We learned that Redding has a river walk along the Sacramento River. The next day we found the way to the river walk and headed towards the Sundial Bridge that crosses the river.
We met a friend along the way.
And some cute kids.
The Sundial Bridge is amazing.
Our next stop was the Lodi Elk’s Lodge for 1 night. Then on to Visalia Elk’s Lodge for 3 days. The weather was good the next day and we headed up Hwy 198 to Three Rivers and the entrance to Sequoia Nat’l Park.
After going to the visitor center we took the Sherman Tree Trail.
The General Sherman Tree is the oldest in the park around 1,000 years old. It is not tallest.
We decided to climb Moro Rock. The view at top, we were told is amazing. Up the stairs we went.
Still going up, there are places where you can stop and catch your breath.
We are almost to the top.
We finally reach the top.
This is the view of the Great Western Divide. This ridge of peaks divide the Kaweah River drainage in front of us from the Kern River Drainage on the other side.
View of the valley we drove up and the Kaweah River.
This is the view looking west.
Now that we have rested it is time to head back down.
I can’t believe we managed to get to the top.
We had a grand day with the tall trees and we will come back to explore more of the region.
Our next stop was Wilderness Lakes TT in Menifee. It really isn’t a lake but canals that run through the park. The Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Heron are common visitors and some nest here in the spring.
We had a lot of rain and some of the sites became water logged. Our site wasn’t too bad.
But some of them it was hard to even get out of the rig.
But the worst hit were the people in tents.
Maintenance worked like crazy to drain the worst sites. They had a fire hose hooked to a pump and would pump the water into a water tank on a truck. This flooding was not caused by the canals flooding but just the relentless rain.
Our next stop is Indian Waters in Indio, we will be here for Christmas.
In January we headed back to Oregon but that is another story for another day.