Our camping spot beside the Kings River, the day before our rafting trip
Weâ€™d reserved a rafting trip on the Kings River the day
after San Francisco
and before arriving in Sequoia NP. Whenever possible, we try to get in a
rafting trip on our travels because this is something we can never do at home.
After some googling, Iâ€™d found Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, who had good
recommendations and offered a selection of trips on different rivers. Since we
are not â€˜seasonedâ€™ rafters, I wanted a river that would not be too â€˜wildâ€™ and
the Kings River seemed a good choice. We chose
for the whole-day trip and since we had to be at Zephyr basecamp early in the
morning, decided to camp at their basecamp the night before.
We drove from San Francisco
all the way to Zephyrâ€™s basecamp near the town of Sanger, which resulted to be a drive that
weâ€™d way underestimated! The first part went quick enough, driving mostly on
highways so no problem all the way to Fresno, but
once at the town of Sanger,
we had to find our way first to the hamlet of Piedra, then past a huge
reservoir to Zephyr basecamp.
Camping right beside the Kings River
Talk about â€˜in the middle of nowhereâ€™! At one
time we thought weâ€™d made a wrong turn, even having followed the instructions
theyâ€™d mailed us to the letter. After about 2 hours on the â€˜twistyâ€™ road, we
finally arrived at basecamp. Turned out we were the only guests and campers,
another couple would arrive the next day to do the rafting trip with us but
that night, we had the camp to ourselves. First thing was of course setting up
the tent before it became dark! We selected a nice spot with our own little
â€˜beachâ€™ next to the river and set up house. As soon as weâ€™d settled down with a
nice chicken dinner weâ€™d brought along, the mozzies attacked! They were fierce!
We were happy for our mozzie spray!
After relaxing a bit next to the river, we were really tired
from the long drive so we went to sleep early, in preparation for a day of
excitement the next day!