Shuttles, bobbins, spools, and wheels are all necessary components of the weaving process, as well as excellent methods of transport for itinerant ants. Transport yourself in a man-sized shuttle with today's deal: for $7, you get round-trip fare and entry fee to Sequoia National Park (a $35 value) from Sequoia Shuttle, a Visalia-based company that services the national park.
The Sequoia Shuttle is a baby birthed from a partnership between the National Parks Service and the City of Visalia. It began three years ago in an effort to unclog the tangled plug of traffic congestion near the park, which creates unnecessary pollution and causes people to park on top of fallen trees or inside hidden cisterns. Shuttles provide round-trip transport between the park and Visalia, allowing visitors to return after a day trip or stay for a predetermined number of days, camping within the majesty of the Giant Forest. With today's Groupon rolled into a rudimentary field glass, you'll get transport to and from the park, entry to the park itself (normally $20), and unlimited shuttle service inside the park. The shuttle operates three routes within the forest: the first route travels from the Giant Forest Museum to the Lodgepole Visitor Center; the second route leaves from the Giant Forest Museum, traveling to Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow; and the third connects with the first, traveling from the Lodgepole campground to Wuksachi Lodge and back. Consult the site for a list of pick-up locations, and call ahead for a reservation.
The national park itself is a popular destination, known not only for the thick population of giant sequoias, but for a number of natural landmarks, such as the General Sherman Tree and the Crescent Meadow of the Giant Forest, which conservationist John Muir referred to as "the gem of the Sierras." From the top of Moro Rock, a granite dome at the park's thrumming center, viewers can scan the whole of the park, from treetop to yeti. Whether you're seeking an outdoor adventure to scintillate a loved one, group of friends, or tamed wolfhound pup hearing the call of the wild, or you're just looking to find an off-the-beaten-horse alternative to a beach vacation, a visit to the Sequoia National Park will provide a chance to glimpse nature's glories firsthand, while shuttle service from the Sequoia Shuttle simplifies the process and incrementally reduces a plus-sized carbon footprint.
The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.