2005 California Sequoia Rally
your calendars for the Rally at Sequoia Lake on
weekend - up to 5 nights Sept. 1-6.
Sequoia Lake is just outside
the entrance to
King's Canyon National Park in California.
couldn't ask for a more gorgeous setting for a Rally.
reserved the entire meadow campground
again just for our
Sites have electric and water hookups,
and dump station
See the Photos section at the top for pics of the last
Reservations are now being taken.
See post #42031 in the Yahoo Group
for complete details of this year's Rally.
(Below is a re-print from post #42031)
SEQUOIA LAKE (CALIFORNIA) RALLY INFO –
Attention all Toyota RV owners within driving distance:
You are cordially invited to attend the 4th Annual Toyota
Motorhomes California Rally on Labor Day Weekend (up to 5 Nights – Sept. 1-6).
Come see other's Toyota RVs and "show and tell" about your own. This year we
will add a special event for those who are interested – a mini version of "The
Amazing Race" – around the lake of course.
LOCATION: Sequoia Lake - Meadow Campground (elevation 5000') – just outside the
west entrance to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. You couldn't ask for a more
gorgeous setting for a Rally!
DATES: Friday, September 2 thru Monday, September 5, 2005.
It is also an option to arrive early on Thursday, September 1, or stay over
until Tuesday, September 6.
This Campground is owned and operated by the Central Valley YMCA (Fresno). There
are 30 RV sites with electric and water, and a sewer dump is available.
Restrooms with showers
are available also. We have again arranged to have the entire campground to
ourselves. The fee is $25 per vehicle per night for hookups, $15 without –
definitely worth it! (See amenities below.) There is also a $5 processing fee
- Gorgeous lake and scenery!
- Fishing (the lake is stocked.) Fishing license is required for adults.
- Swimming & sunbathing at designated beaches & swim
- Boating – use the rowboats or sailboats available from the YMCA at no charge,
or bring your own small boat. Life jackets are required.
- Volleyball court and baseball diamond
- Multiple hiking and nature trails in the area. Hike to cascading waterfalls
under giant redwoods.
- Bar-b-que grill wagon for our Sunday evening bar-b-que potluck
- Campfire circle
- Entertaining slide show about the history of logging the
redwoods in the area
- Astronomy lookout point for stargazing
It is only a 10-minute drive to the Grant Grove section of Sequoia/Kings Canyon
National Park (entrance fee or pass required). In addition to the giant
redwoods, the park also has limestone caves, a creek with a natural rock
waterslide, the Kings River Canyon, Moro Rock lookout, and areas of historic
The weather will be pleasant during the days (70s-80s)and cool at night (50s).
Since the RV campground is in a meadow, the sites are not shaded. However,
because of the 5000' elevation, the temperature is not too hot.
Trust me folks, this place is gorgeous and perfect for our Rally! Personally I
have spent multiple vacations at this lake, and worked as a Program Director for
the YMCA a number of years ago. Look at the photos in the Photos section and you
will see what I mean.
The lake is good size – it takes about 45 minutes to hike around it. Because it
is privately owned (YMCA guests only) and well maintained, it is safer than most
sites for children or grandchildren. There are lots of kid-friendly things to
do. Also, naturally, there is plenty of room to accommodate those who like
solitude. With all the fun activities available, I suggest you consider coming a
day early (Thursday) or staying the extra day `til Tuesday, if your schedule
Reservations are now being taken. Email me with your
commitment, how many people (including ages of children) and which nights, and
you will be sent a request for your reservation payment. Reservations for the
limited number of sites with hookups will be confirmed in the order that payment
Tika in Pasadena
Now here is a more detailed SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Meals on your own
Evening 7 pm
Potluck Ice Cream Social / Banana Split Party
- Bring ingredients to share.
Boating and swimming during designated hours
Optional ventures to National Parks (entrance fee required)
- Big Trees (Grant Grove, Giant Forest)
- Slidey Rocks (natural rock water slide)
- Limestone caves
- Kings Canyon
- Moro Rock lookout
- and more
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
10 am - "Show and Tell"
- Share anything special about your 'Toyhouse'
- Group Hike to Ella Canyon
6 pm - Potluck Dinner
- Suggestion: bring a dish representing your ethnic heritage
8 pm - Campfire (marshmallow roast?) and tall tales
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
10 am – Mini Amazing Race - around the lake
6 pm – Potluck Bar-B-Que Dinner
(Bring your own meat to grill on the giant bar-b-que
8 pm - Campfire
9 pm - Astronomy Star Party - bring telescopes
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
6 pm - Community Dinner
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Departure for those who can stay over
So, for those of you who have previously been unsure about coming, now you can
see what's in store for us.
A few rules from our hosts:
The Sequoia Lake YMCA is fairly strict about pets. However, we have arranged for
them to relax their "No Pets" rule for us, but with the following restrictions.
1) Pets are permitted if they are confined to the RV, either inside or on a
2) Pet food is not permitted to remain outside of a vehicle for extended periods
because it can attract wildlife (especially bears) upsetting their natural
3) Pets may be walked on a leash in the Meadow Campground area only. They will
not be permitted in any other area around the Lake because of the other five
YMCA camps which are in session.
4) If there are any complaints from other groups using the Lake, especially
regarding barking dogs, the owners will be asked by the Lake Manager to
immediately remove the pets from the Lake property.
Bottom line: if our pets are quiet and behaved they can come along. (This year
we will bring our goldfish again too!)
Also the Sequoia Lake YMCA does not permit any alcoholic
beverages in public, nor any firearms. Please be respectful of these rules, as
we want our hosts to welcome us for future rallies.
To further entice you, there are multiple photos of the last three Rallies
available for viewing on-line in the Photos section at the left on the main page
of this Yahoo Group. Plus there are ten photos of 'vacation-perfect' Sequoia
Lake by itself. They are in the folders labeled 2002 Rally and 2003 Rally among
You can click on "Slide Show" to sequence them.
After you are done looking, email me to sign up for the Rally.
Many have already expressed interest, but there is plenty of space. Please send
your RSVP including how many in your
group and ages of children, and what nights you will be joining the Rally.
It's gonna be fun!
Directions to the California Rally at Sequoia Lake:
Coming from North:
Go south on Freeway 99
At Fresno, go east on Highway 180 towards Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks.
(Travel from Fresno to Sequoia Lake is approx. 50 miles = 1 hour.)
See paragraph 3 for continuation of directions.
Coming from South:
Go north on Freeway 99
At Visalia, exit onto Freeway 198 east, by Visalia airport
Exit from Freeway 198 at Central Visalia off-ramp
Go north on Highway 63 (approx. 30 miles) until it ends at Highway 180
Turn east on Highway 180 to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks.
(Travel from Visalia to Sequoia Lake is approx. 50 miles = 1 hour.)
Then from either direction:
On Highway 180 eastbound, once you pass the 5,000 foot
elevation road sign you are only a few miles away.
After passing Highway 245 keep a sharp eye out for the
Sequoia Lake Exit on the LEFT (North) side of the road.
(If you end up at the entrance gate for Kings Canyon National Park you went
about 3 miles too far.)
If the gate to the Sequoia Lake road has an attendant, tell them you are with
the Toyota Motorhome Group.
Follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn left just beyond the restroom
building. RV sites are on your right in the meadow.
Pick your spot!
See you there!
'86 E-Z Ryder
IMPORTANT! Please RSVP to me directly, not in the group messages! If you click
on "Reply," you can scroll down to find my email address in the "To" box of the
window that comes up to reply to this message. Don't forget to tell me which
and ages of children.
P.S. If posting a reply to the group, PLEASE do us all a favor and DELETE this
message in your reply, so that our mailboxes don't get too full from repeating
Hope to see you there!
Tika in Southern California
California Sequoia Rally