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Dienstag, 19. Februar 2019, 19:01

Weather closes large part of Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park

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Anyone hoping to see the world's largest tree this holiday didn't get that chance.

Last night, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks closed the Generals Highway, between Potwisha campground and the Giant Forest.

The latest closure came after a brief reopening of the road on Sunday.

Reimer's Candies and Gifts is one of the more popular stopping points before Sequoia National Park.

And despite most of the park being closed due to unsafe winter conditions, workers there say they don't see a dip in business.

Because most visitors aren't aware of the closure until they get to the entrance station.

On Monday, most people turned around.

But others decided to stick around.

And some even tried to wait it out.

"We actually drove to the gate twice yesterday at different times just to double check and then we're like ok we'll try again today," said Carolyn Truong.

Carolyn Truong and Dean Pasternak are from Canada.

The big trees are on their bucket list, but it's not likely they'll see them on this trip-Potwisha Campground is as far as they can go.

They say they'll be back.

"We're hoping to do a West Coast trip one day too where we can just take the whole coast and all the scenery maybe in the summer, so everything is clear," Pasternak said.

The Generals Highway could reopen again soon, so officials with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks advise to call ahead for the latest road conditions.

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Mittwoch, 6. März 2019, 19:55

Buck Rock
This hidden fire lookout offers spectacular views of Sequoia National Park.

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Do you like off-roading? Do you like to hike questionable flights of stairs to get to the ultimate 8,500-foot panoramic view of Sequoia National Park? If you do, then Buck Rock Fire Lookout is for you!
Buck Rock Fire Lookout is a hidden gem among an already impressive backdrop. It’s perched 8,502 feet above Sequoia National Park, with amazing views of The Great Western Divide. It is occupied seven days a week by Forest Service personnel so they are able to look for smoke and fire throughout the park. There are 172 steps that you must ascend in order to get to the top, and let’s just say, that’s quite the adventure in itself!

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Buck Rock is free and open to the public, you just have to find your way there. Your journey starts on Forest Route 13S04, and you will be wondering if you made a wrong turn. Don't worry, keep driving, and after about 2 miles (as you are testing the suspension on your car) you will see your destination in the distance. Low profile cars should not attempt this road.

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Mittwoch, 6. März 2019, 20:14

Ich bin vor einer Weile schon auf "Atlas Obscura" aufmerksam geworden (siehe Ottos Link), als ich deren deutsche Übersetzung ihres Buches in die Hand bekam. Auf der Seite gibt es jede Menge interessante und kuriose Orte zu entdecken. Sehr empfehlenswert!
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