Jun 10 03

After spending a week in Monterey at a conference, Richard joined me for a holiday in California!

We spent the first day on the coast looking around Lobos Point where we saw numerous seals, sea otters and birds – Richard plans a separate wildlife blog after we have downloaded the pictures from his camera!

Lobos Point

We then made our way to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, spending the majority of time in the latter. Before we arrived, we were a little concerned that the snow conditions may have reduced our possibilities for overnight backpacking trips, however we were happy to find that some areas were relatively snow free. We therefore chose a trip that started from Roads End in Kings Canyon. The walk took us up the south fork of Kings River, into Paradise Valley and then into the valley of Woods Creek up to a junction where the path joined with the John Muir trail. We camped near the highest point of the walk, at a place called Castle Dome Meadow – a great place for watching deer whilst cooking dinner!

We’re off to Yosemite tomorrow….

a) Richard packing for the backpacking trip, b) Garter snake, c) camping spot in the woods, d) Richard looking over Woods Creek, e) Castle Domes, f) Castle Domes, g) Rope bridge, h) King's River

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