Entering the realm of Escapees
Sequoia National Park Travel Blog› entry 2 of 8 › view all entries
Uniformed attendants took the required bribe from each vehicle based on age, number of escapees and how long they would be gone. The line today was long. Many had picked this same area of escape. I flashed my special pass and we were told to skip the line and proceed. In some ways it’s nice to be advanced in time periods.
On up through the lower elevations we see a boulder that fell long ago and now lays across over several others. The escape route used to go right under the huge boulder, but with bigger and taller vehicles the road now passes around it.
The high areas are visible now. We take more photographs. At one point there is even a place to park, called Amphitheater Point, where we stopped to take a few more. This road is old (early twentieth century), narrow, and has many corners and hairpin turns where the signs read "10 mph". Does that give you a clue as to how sharp they are? It takes about an hour to drive the 25 miles up the hill. They even say that vehicles over 22 feet in length are not advised.
A large granite area known as Moro Rock is visible above us. Later we will see people who climb to the top and gaze out over the smog filled valley and at the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
Looking back down we can see the narrow winding road and the dry trees and bushes and grasses of the lower elevations.
Forward we go, continuing to rise above the valley floor, and our escape reaches new levels.