Finding a decent place to stay in Sequoia proved to be a real challenge, and after staying in Wuksachi Lodge these past two nights it looks like I wasn’t able to rise up to it. There are actually only a handful of places to stay within the park itself and all the research pointed to Wuksachi as the best choice. When we arrived after a fantastic stay at an ocean side inn in Cambria, the room that greeted us at Wuksachi bordered on mediocre it was almost criminal – the furniture was worse than IKEA, poorer than poor wifi, the phone wasn’t working, the mini fridge was leaking, the walls were absolutely bare, and the carpet and linen came straight out of a motel from Breaking Bad. The odd part is that the price we paid was the same for both. The only saving grace for the lodge is its location, being close to both the Giant Forest and Grant Grove in neighboring King’s Canyon, and to the Peak Restaurant which is the best dining option in the entire park incidentally also in the same building as the lodge itself.
Seeing Sequoia National Park on the other hand is a privilege and an experience to remember. The nature is one of the best there is in the world and it’s great to see how well it’s all being maintained for public use. Interesting to note that a clear majority of the people I saw in both the lodge and the park were of the older, white persuasion.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
It’s not likely we’ll be back in the area in this lifetime but in the odd instance that we will it would be another shame if the accommodations don’t live up to the amazing beauty of the park. And please no snow next time.