California Travel 2021 (1) - An Overview
Changde Wu 2021-12-31
Part One: Itinerary and Overview
The 2021 California travel was planned in 2020. It postponed to the fall of 2021 due to Covid pandemic. We planned this trip to cover all the ereas in California, and revisit some of the places (such as Zion) we visited 10 years ago. The itinerary was impacted by the California wild fires. While the Lassen Vocanic National Park was closely during our trip, we were lucky enough being visist he Sequoia National Park the same day before it was closed because of another wildfire. We were also fortunate that the evaculation order in Lake Tahoe area was stopped a few day before we started our trip. California was extremely dry, with many famous water falls totally disappeared. Wildfires are everywhere in California. We have had to watching the road conditions frequently during the travel. This is introduction of this travel series, highlighting the overall itinerary, the representative daily photos.
The table below is the actual logs of the daily activities for this travel.
|Date and Weather||Itinerary||Place of Stay|
AA Flight #1423 from Boston (6:00 PM) to Los Angels(9:20 PM)
||Van Nuys, CA|
|09/10||Kings Canyon National Park||Three Rivers, CA|
Sequoia National Park
Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Zion National Park
|Zion Lodge, UT|
Zion National Park||Las Vegas, NV|
Read Rock Canyon
Death Valley - Zabriskie Point, Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater
|Stovepipe Wells, CA|
Death Valley - The Mesquite Sand Dunes, Deserts, Badwater, Artist's Palette
Death Valley - Dantes View, Charcoal Kilins, Father Crowley Vista Point
|Lee Vining, CA|
Yosemite National Park - Tuelumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point, Valley
California State Capital
Lake Tahoe - Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point SP, Emerald Bay State Park
|Lake Tahoe, CA|
Lake Tahoe East and North
|Mt. Shasta, CA|
Shasta Dam, Sundial Bridge - Redding
Redwood National and State Parks- Northern Part
Redwood National and State Parks- Southern Part
|America Canyon, CA|
University of California, Berkeley
Golden Gate Bridge, SF
|America Canyon, CA|
Point Reyes National Seashore
||Santa Clara, CA|
CA Route 1
|Gorda Springs,Big Sur|
CA Route 1 continue
California Institue of Technology
|Los Angels, CA|
AA #1423 from LA to Boston
Part Two: Selected Photos for Daily Travel
Part Three: Drive through trees
California has world's largest trees and tallest trees. The giant trees in the SE of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains are sequoia tree, preserved by Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Park. The redwood forests are protected in the northern California coastal area by Redwood National and State Park. The sequoia tree is a type of redwood tree that is generally large in diameter and relative shorter.
Cutting a hole in the base of a lrage tree to let vehicles driving through was a good tourism idea. There are only 3 of the typical such drive-through trees exist in the northern coast of California. In this travel, we drove through all of them with our rental car, a mid-size SUV, Mazda CX-5.
The least visited among Threes, the youngest both in age and creation time among threes. Diameter at the base 17 ft, 167.54 ft tall; age 785 year; hole 7.33 x 9.50 ft; cutted in 1976.
The least healthy tree among Threes, Diameter at the base 17.25 ft, 96.8 ft tall, age less than 2342 year (posted on tree D 21 ft , H 175 ft, 3000 years old); hole 7 x 7 ft; cutted in 1922.
The tallest of the Threes, and also the most popular of the threes. Diameter at the base 16 ft, 276 ft tall(posted on tree D 21 ft , H 315 ft), hole 6x9 ft(Marked on tree; age 2400 year; cutted in 1937.