So originally, my plan was to spend Thursday - Friday at Kings Canyon and then Saturday - Sunday at Sequoia, but my guess is some people might arrive on Friday (and not Thursday).
After thinking about it, squeezing both Kings Canyon and Sequoia in one weekend might be hard for those who arrive on Friday night.
With that mind, everyone can decide:
Spend the entire weekend, Fri - Sun, at Kings Canyon.
Split the weekend between Kings Canyon and Sequoia.
Spend the entire weekend, Fri - Sun, at Sequoia.
Normally I would avoid separating a group camping trip likes this, but if a person only has Fri - Sun, maximizing time at one park seems more pragmatic and time-efficient.
I most likely will still stick to my original plan of Kings Canyon on Thurs & Fri nights, and then Sequoia on Sat night with a return departure on Sunday.
So if anyone wants to skip Kings Canyon and go straight to Sequoia on Friday night, that's fine. You'll have a full day to spend on Saturday at Sequoia, instead of splitting time between Kings Canyon and Sequoia.
If anyone prefers to stay just at Kings Canyon for the weekend, Fri - Sun, then that's fine too.
The drive to Sequoia is a little shorter compared to Kings Canyon.
5 - 5.5 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/dyWwEWVsjEy
I made extra campsite reservations, so people can probably change their mind later on in deciding between Kings Canyon or Sequoia.
My suggestion is to look online at photos of both parks and read about hikes and decide which park you want to spend more time at, Kings Canyon or Sequoia.
In general, I think most people would prefer Sequoia.
Personally, I've gone to Sequoia before, so that's why I'm open to checking out Kings Canyon...but if you've never been to Sequoia, most will probably like Sequoia more than Kings Canyon. Look online for reviews and photos of both parks to help you decide.
Anyhow, this is flexible, so everyone can choose. It makes things complicated and challenging in regards to carpooling and staying together as a group, but we'll do the best with whatever happens. :)
So if anyone is interested, just proceed as normal to my questions below, but when contacting me, please include what you prefer to visit, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, or both.
And again, I'll be at Yosemite between June 14 - 20, so I'll be slow to respond to emails, but I'll try my best to coordinate and communicate.
If anyone likes the outdoors/nature, how about visiting two national parks?
Kings Canyon: Thursday - Friday
Sequoia: Saturday - Sunday
Drive time is around 5.5 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/Vqc313KEbQw
Note: If arriving on Thursday is challenging (schedule-wise), arriving on Friday is fine --- your choice.
Oftentimes, some people sign up, but don't actually attend.
Not everyone on the RSVP list will go. Some might forget, change their mind, get busy, get abducted by aliens, etc. :)
Parking space is limited. Sorry if there isn't enough room for everyone who signs up and that some cannot be accommodated. My apologies.
Being on the RSVP list does NOT guarantee anything. Only those who confirm and pay will be saved a spot. (Scroll down for instructions).
btw, campground details will not be posted on here.
The tentative plan is to spend Thursday/Friday at Kings Canyon, near Cedar Grove (Roads End). Look in the top right corner on the following map:
Then on Saturday and Sunday, we'll be at Sequoia. Look in the middle of the map.
I'm not a mind-reader, so if anyone is interested in attending, contact me directly to check if room is available and answer the following questions:
(1) Do you want to drive or ride with someone else? If you can drive others, how many passengers can you accommodate?
(2) Do you have your own camping gear (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, mat/pad/cot, etc.) ?
If anybody wants to borrow some camping equipment or wants help coordinating carpooling or tent sharing, just lmk.
In addition to email confirmation, a $40 payment deposit will be collected.
Those who pay in advance will be saved a spot at campsite.
Leftover money will be used to buy some items for a few homeless individuals.
Meetup doesn't always notify me when comments are posted, so emailing me directly is recommended.
Also, I plan on being in Yosemite between June 14 - 20, but will try to coordinate & communicate when possible.
Each person is responsible for the respective costs associated with camping gear/equipment, food, gas (if carpooling), and entry fees.
Carpooling & caravanning can be discussed as the date approaches. Itinerary is flexible and should be coordinated between driver & respective passenger(s).
More info on campsite & final details will be sent to those who confirmed & paid.
If anyone is thinking about going, please look at the RSVP list.
If any guy seems weird or creepy, or messaged you out of nowhere, or makes you feel uncomfortable, just lmk.
I trust women's intuition, so if you don't want someone to attend, just lmk.
After all the news in 2017 with sexual abuse, harassment, inappropriate behavior, #MeToo movement, etc., I want to be more vigilant and careful with who joins.
I've planned around 17 camping trips, and surprisingly, many women have attended.
By default, I take on an over-protective brother/father role and need to look out for everyone.
If any of you organized a trip that included women, my conjecture is you also would be concerned for their safety and well-being, right?
We've been lucky in having some good guys attend. Last year, one guy messaged only women to go with him and another guy wanted only girls to carpool with him, and so, neither of them were allowed to attend.
If any women attend, thank you for being respectful and friendly toward them.
Examples of recommended items to bring:
Bug Spray / Insect Repellent
Sleeping bag + pillow
Sleeping pad or air mattress
Tent (or share with someone who has one)
Appropriate clothes, socks, & shoes
Toothbrush, toothpaste, & other hygiene items
Hand sanitizer and baby wipes/wet naps
Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat or bandana
Flashlight / Headlamp
Cell phone charger cable (car adapter) or portable charger
Water bottles or hydration pack
Food (and cookware)
Swimwear (optional if swimming/wading in the river)
Towel (showers are available...not far)
More comprehensive list - https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/family-camping-checklist.html
Photo Source/Credit: David Stillman, National Park Posters, NPS, Travel and Leisure, Travel Assets, & TripAdvisor