Perfect location for experiencing Sequoia
Submitted: October 4, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
When we arrived at Three Rivers Farm, we were greeted by Bettina, who immediately made us feel at home. We ventured there with our 10-year-old grandson who loves all things about farming and fishing, not to mention wildlife and nature. Before we unpacked our bags, Bettina introduced him to her expansive vegetable and fruit garden and insisted he pick and sample her homegrown watermelon, figs, tomatoes, arugula, etc. Fishing in the pond just steps from the house occupied him each of our three evenings there. We understand he set a record for his catch (and release) - 35 in all! And feeding the donkeys and horses in the morning was an added bonus. We enjoyed the front porch for breakfast in the morning. It also served as a study area for completing the Junior Ranger requirements.
We picked Three Rivers Farm as our accommodation for touring Sequoia and Kings Canyon, not only for the farm experience, but also for the location equidistant from all three prime sections of the parks - Giant Forest, Mineral King and Grant's Grove. We spent a day in each area and not only hiked among the towering trees, but visited Crystal Cave (two bears crossed our path en route) and saw Grant's Grove on horseback. In all we saw four bears. While hiking on the Log Meadow trail near Tharp Log, we came across a mother with her cub, plus two bucks in velvet. On our trip to Mineral King, we picnicked and hiked along the river. After the hike, we snacked on our Three Rivers Farm watermelon while watching three many-pointed bucks. But the drive to and from is not for the faint of heart!
Evenings, we ate in local restaurants and especially enjoyed the Mexican Cafe. Our entire experience was delightful! One tip for visiting Grant's Grove from Three Rivers is to take Route 245 - a virtually traffic-free drive through gorgeous countryside.
Overall, a great mini-vacation, and we have recommended Three Rivers Farm to friends and relatives who also want to visit Sequoia.
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