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Sequoia/Kings Canyon Trip 2

Day 4 of 4

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Monday, July 5th
Drive home

It was 2:30am by the time they returned. Jennie had 2nd degree burns which probably would hurt, but probably not leave any permanent scars. Despite the somewhat happy outcome, I think this is a powerful incentive to take a first aid course. The fact that none of us knew how to handle a burn is troublesome. I for one have been putting off taking a CPR class for years. It's especially important to know first aid when you're hours away from help -- which is definitely the case with hiking, backpacking, and some car camping. The first few minutes or hours are critical, and if you're that far away from help, you need to know what to do.

In the next few weeks I intend to learn exactly how to handle burns, deep cuts, sprains, broken bones, snake bites, tick bites, hypothermia, heat exhaustion...anything that could happen out in the wild. "how to handle" does not mean calling 911. It does not mean finding help (though of course you should do that if you can). It means acting, and acting quickly. Hopefully, I will be able to share some of this information on this web page.

While everyone else was still recovering from the previous night (i.e., sleeping), I did a little exploring. I hiked along a trail from Crystal Springs Campground, up to a road toward Panoramic Point. I was hoping to reach Panoramic Point, but I decided I didn't have enough time and turned around shortly after passing Round Meadow. On the way back, I found the trail up to Valley View, which has some nice views of the San Joaquin Valley. It's not far from the campground, and would be a great place to watch sunrise or sunset.

It was 1pm by the time we finished packing up our tents and loading up our cars. Almost everyone else was already gone. The entire campground looked like a ghost town. But as we filed out of the park, we saw a new crop of cars filing in.

After 2 trips to Sequoia/Kings Canyon within 5 weeks, after never having visited before, I can safely say that there's definitely still room for more trips. There are several trails in the Grant Grove area I haven't explored, including Panoramic Point. There's the Lakes Trail, Mt. Silliman, and lots of unexplored territory in Cedar Grove, and miles and miles of prime backpacking trails. And that doesn't even include the Mineral King area I haven't seen yet. I definitely plan to be back again.

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