|After doing a few chores including laundry ,we left Visalia, Ca for Sequoia NP. Leaving the desert behind, the color green is a welcome sight to our eyes. The central valley is a growing area. The ranches have groves of fruit, nut, and olive trees along with vegetables. Produce stands are seen here and there. Beautiful green fields have cows grazing-that must mean steak! It is nice to see the ranchers ,as opposed to big business, riding horseback on their properties. No longer do we see the big brimmed Mexican style sun hat rather a cowboy hat. The Corp of Engineer park, Horse Creek, is our home for the next week. It is located in the foothills near the NP boundary. We just couldn't wait to get a glimpse of the giant sequoia. An hour drive took us from foothills to conifers(5,000 feet). As if the stage curtain opened, the weather changed that quickly. The truck gauge read 32 degrees. The park rangers set a roadblock to insure our 4 wheel drive was operational. Others set by the wayside putting on chains-mandatory. Enjoy the pictures-they speak volumes!