Entering the realm of Escapees

Sequoia National Park Travel Blog

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1 - The entry sign in Sequoia National Park.

Chapter Two

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.

vances says:
This is brilliant fun, Roger...thanks!
Posted on: Sep 07, 2006
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1 - The entry sign in Sequoia Nati…
1 - The entry sign in Sequoia Nat…
2 - Narrow two lane road with rece…
2 - Narrow two lane road with rec…
3 - Although very dry these pale l…
3 - Although very dry these pale …
4 - The road used to lead right un…
4 - The road used to lead right u…
5 - The few wide spots are filled …
5 - The few wide spots are filled…
6 - Farther up we go.
6 - Farther up we go.
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9 - Looking up at Moro Rock.
9 - Looking up at Moro Rock.
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11 - Just below Amphitheater point…
11 - Just below Amphitheater poin…
12 - Amphitheater Point. A pretty …
12 - Amphitheater Point. A pretty…
13 - Explination of the Generals H…
13 - Explination of the Generals …
14 - More view from the road.
14 - More view from the road.
15 - Big rocks, and lots of bushes…
15 - Big rocks, and lots of bushe…
16 - Looking down you can see if h…
16 - Looking down you can see if …
17 - If you look closely you can s…
17 - If you look closely you can …
18 - Looking up still no sign of w…
18 - Looking up still no sign of …
19 - One more look down at the nar…
19 - One more look down at the na…
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