Kings Canyon is sometimes referred to as “little Yosemite”, but in our opinion it’s not as dramatic. (We might be a little jaded from our rugged mountain man adventure, but Yosemite is much more spectacular.) We hiked the 5 mile loop around Bubbs Creek, which was relatively flat and we found it easy and fun. At the very end of the hike, we came upon an adult black bear. As Randy got his camera out and I was like “let’s go!” another bear appeared. As we slowly backed away, I was relived to see a ranger approach. He said these bears were the biggest he has seen up close!
The next day we drove to Sequoia National Park. The landscape is much different than Kings Canyon, even though they are so close together. Sequoia has some huge trees! We hiked to see the General Sherman tree, the world’s biggest tree (by mass). After walking among the sequoia and redwood forest and checking out the park museum, we got back on the road and started our drive towards Los Angeles, stopping for the night in Visalia to do some laundry and bowl a few frames.