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A Not So Fun Vacation Day

Hot summer drive

sunny 112 °F

It was a 15-hour drive from Craters of the Moon down and over to Kings Canyon in the west side of the Sierras. We’d planned to stop in Reno and take our granddaughter to breakfast at the Excalibur. Oops! Excalibur is in Las Vegas, we realized when we got into Reno. IMG_20150721_100156277.jpg

We had to drive down the Central Valley, it was hot! Not what we were used to, but what we had left for the past few weeks. Ugh, we were not in the best of moods but we had to go this route to get to where we needed to be.

We’d planned to meet our son, Justin and his boys, his wife, and her daughter, in Cedar Grove, the last campground in Kings Canyon. The plan was that we’d all arrive on Wed am at the latest. We decided that we’d arrive on Tues night rather than trying to rush on Wed.

We had to stop at Costco as we were out of food. We also needed to do laundry. We’d run low on clothes back in some town, who knows where, so stopped and bought more. Now it was desperation time again and we hated to buy even more clothes.

We were not completely happy campers when we went into Costco. Then Costco was not set up at all like ours. They didn’t have some of the products that we see in ours and we really needed. More foul! Then I got really ill from some gluten, don’t know what I’d eaten the day before, but there it was. But fortunately, I was in Costco when the gluten issue hit and not on a 2-lane road with no shoulder.

We left Costco and went to the grocery store next door, bought what we needed and got on the road. We decided that it was too hot, we were getting too grumpy and we would deal with laundry in Kings Canyon.

We were in Kings Canyon by 9p.m. but, Cedar Grove was another hour back into the mountains. But it didn’t matter how far Cedar Grove was, we were going to plant ourselves in a campsite and be done.

It had rained just before we got into Cedar Grove, and although thunderstorms were forecast for that night we only had clear skies with a gazillion stars. We found a campsite with a long drive, perfect for our RV and long truck, parked and set up camp. Good to be back in the cool weather again.

Posted by Miss Chris 10:28 Archived in USA Tagged travel ruins camping national_park outdoors family_travel kings_canyon grandkids_travel

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