|Group Shot with Christy, Suwei, Keira, Stacy, Dawn, Michael, Tom, Nancy, Ashley, Karl and Gretta. The only one missing is Bailey.|
For the Memorial Day weekend, Stacy rented out the Dennison House at The Three Springs Ranch, just up the hill from Springville, CA. Springville is about an hour and a half south of Sequoia & King's Canyon National Parks and about an hour and half north of Bakersfield, putting it in an sort of California no man's land that was perfect for the busy holiday weekend. Not only that, but it was about the same distance from Orange County as it was from the Bay Area which made it just about perfect for our group.
|The Road to the Dennison House on The Three Springs Ranch|
Our main goal for the weekend was to eat, drink and be merry amongst friends, anything beyond that was just gravy... and we had a fair bit of gravy even thought the weather didn't really want to cooperate. On Saturday it was cold and overcast, so we figured a long and twisty drive up Hwy 190 to visit Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Trail of the 100 Giant might just do the trick.
Our Lunch Stop on Middle Fork of Tule River
Giant Sequoia National Monument is another one of those kinda-sorta National Monuments that Bill Clinton created (This one was established in 2000). It has no visitor center and no signage. It is managed by the Forest Service as part of the Sequoia National Forest and is completely indistinguishable from the rest of the forest, except that the Forest Service charges five dollars to park near the Trail of the 100 Giants and has stationed a ranger there to let you know that your National Parks Pass doesn't actually work there. You can find it on Google maps, however, if you follow their directions, you'll end up at a tin shack near the Porterville Airport. Anyway... as with pretty much all of the Sierras it's still well worth a visit.
|Photos from the Trail of the 100 Giants, Giant Sequoia National Monument|
The Trail of the 100 Giants... ehhh. Ok, I guess. I mean how can you miss with 100 or so giant sequoias around and it's nice that there is a trail that is fully handicap accessible, but it's looking a little over-used and definitely doesn't give you the sense of getting away from things. I guess it's hard to get away when you are only walking a half a mile. We got some decent pics and well... the trees are very cool.
|Chilling out at the Dennison House|
The Springville Historical Museum
Eventually Monday rolled around, the sun came out, and we all had to head our separate ways. Thanks again Stacy for putting this whole thing together! We had a blast.
|Stacy's Springville Cabin & Giant Sequoia National Monument Trip|
And here is a link to one of the videos that kept us all laughing through the weekend: