A zero day was exactly what I needed; this morning I woke up and the swelling in my leg had reduced significantly. Except when I got out of bed my leg was extremely stiff from a lack of movement. A warm shower and a little walking made it much better.
Today was a rare day where we weren’t in a rush to reach a specific place; combined with the fact that it was a blue sunny sky, this was one beautiful relaxing day. In line with reaching Stateline, NV by Saturday, we decided to drive to Visalia, CA today with a detour through a southern section of Sequoia National Park. There were so many different landscapes along the way, we couldn’t resist taking the time to stop, have fun, and take some photos with our new camera. The quality was an incredible upgrade, but we’re still working on how to reduce the image size to work best on the blog.
Our relaxed day of “piddling” transformed to frustration as it grew darker. We missed our route out of Sequoia National Forest and went much further north into the park than we had intended. Rather than turn around, we continued on, planning to take an alternate route. We got deeper and deeper into the secluded mountains when we finally found that our alternate route was closed, according to the ranger, due to “eight” feet of snow covering the road. The only choice was to double back along the dark winding roads to the road we originally missed. Strangely, our GPS was recommending that we continue all the way back to Bakersfield the way we came rather than take a route that looked much shorter on the map…this had to be a glitch. It wasn’t until we were several miles into our “shortcut” driving up steep mountains with continuous switchbacks in snow covered terrain passing signs stating “snow chains required” that we realized that it was no shortcut. Sure would have been an amazing ride in daylight!