April 1, 2017 Lake Kaweah, California

Potholes

Potholes

Still Waiting Out Weather Conditions for Yosemite

While waiting for the snow to stop falling and messing up opportunities to explore Yosemite National Park, I have been poking around the back roads around Three Rivers, California, and, once again, when weather permits, taking drives up into Sequoia National Park. The shot above shows a potholed stream at the end of Mineral King Road, just outside Three Rivers.

The Climb up to the Sequoia Groves on Route 198

The Climb up to the Sequoia Groves on Route 198

Last post I showed a Google Maps image of the serpentine road leading up into the sequoia groves …

Serpentine Road to the Sequoia Groves

Serpentine Road to the Sequoia Groves

… but I thought this image taken from the road itself would give a better idea of just how severe a mountain drive this is.

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

But one of the advantages gained by climbing this road up into the 7000′ elevation range is discovering snow melt filled streams like this one running through the tall pines.

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

Snowpack measured in the Sierras this spring show levels up to 190% of normal accumulations, a very good sign of California finally getting a little break from the severe drought conditions of the past several years.

Potholes

Potholes

Being up here this early does present many obstacles to getting to explore the upper elevations ( roads closed due to snow accumulation ) around Sequoia National Park, but it also does give one access to many steams that later in the year have most likely all but dried up and disappeared.

Spring Runoff

Spring Runoff

Spring Runoff

Spring Runoff

Potholes

Potholes

Redbud and Mountain Stream

Redbud and Mountain Stream

Still finding redbud blooms while exploring the upper elevations!

Hope to proceed up to Yosemite in the next day or two as there appears to be a brief window of favorable weather approaching.

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7 thoughts on “April 1, 2017 Lake Kaweah, California

  1. Lisa

    I think my life flashed before my eyes riding shotgun on that road. I would have much rather been in your low Prius than the giant SUV I was in. Beautiful images as always.

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    1. ramcquade Post author

      Going back downhill in a large vehicle would definitely get the heart beating. Not much hope for anyone that lost their brakes. It’s very different out west from New England in that back there a guard rail is installed if there is a 2 foot deep drainage ditch on the side of the road and out here there may be a 1000 foot drop-off at road’s edge, but no guardrail. Kind of hairy sometimes, sitting as high as I do in the motorhome and peering down into the abyss while negotiating a hairpin turn.

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  2. Paul & Mary

    Thanks for the very useful Bald Eagle info Bob. Yes, we are camping in the beautiful Alabama Hills. We’re only going as far north as the Hood Canal this year but one never knows, our paths may cross somewhere along the line. My Wife and myself are well impressed that you’re tackling Alaska again just two years after your last very eventful trip there. Thanks for passing onto others, such as ourselves, your knowledge of this life, Happy Travels.

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  3. Paul

    As always Bob, your photos are just stunning. We aren’t too far from you at the moment, if we were crows. However the drive from Lone Pine, if it was on our planned route, is considerably further for non crows such as oneselves. Anyway apart from that we’ve followed your blog for over two years and had a question regarding your visit to the Hood Canal in 2015 to see the Bald Eagles there. We are on our way slowly to hopefully see those same eagles and thought you might know how long we have before the eagles there move elsewhere (if that is what they do). You were there in May and we may not make it there until mid to late June. Tried googling for an answer but your blog posts along with your fabulous photos from 2015 was all we could find under Bald Eagles at the Hood Canal. By the way we ended up buying an ’05 Phaeton, maybe we can have a meet and greet in the future sometime, if our paths ever cross. Thoroughly enjoy your blog!

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    1. ramcquade Post author

      Hood Canal best action is in June through the 4th of July. It all is based on the timing of the sculpin spawn, so exact dates may vary a little. One of the guys I know who does professional photo tours there has his scheduled for June 20-24 of this year, so I guess that would confirm the range. I enjoyed my stay in the Alabama Hills a couple years ago, is that where you are staying now? Hope we do run into each other somewhere down the road. I am slowly on my way back up to Alaska this year.

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  4. Chuck Johnson

    Bob,

    We are not as Brave as you are. We were planning to do Sequoia, Yosemite and Tahoe as we head north. The weather scared us away. We are in Monterey now heading North. Looking forward to your next Blog Post,

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    1. ramcquade Post author

      Brave, stupid? I was originally planning on doing the coastal route rather than this but was scared off that by all the posted road closures. Have you encountered any problems on the coast?

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