News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.


by Eugene R. Webb

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I’ll have to tell you that it’s a real pity;
If you don’t know about the town, King City.
There at the Fireside Inn we spent the night;
In it’s lobby was something that didn’t look right.

It was a huge round trunk of a coconut tree;
Surprisingly it went up and through the roof you see.
It was really big and old, for years it has survived;
We were amazed to see it was healthy and alive.

We were in Central California, and well on our way;
To Pinnacles National Park where we spent the next day.
There are two entrances to the park, East and West;
Take one, one day and do the other one next, is best.

At the eastern boundary is the only campground;
At both entrances, picnic tables can be found.
There’s no lodging, food or gas in the entire park;
The park is open year round, but not after dark.

There’s over 30 miles of trails, while hiking don’t slip;
You can plan a short loop or a longer day trip.
It’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll find;
If you enjoy hiking and like to rock climb.

I suggest if you are real healthy and brave;
Then explore Balconies and Bear Gulch Caves.
You’ll need a flashlight, for the caves are dark;
We enjoyed every minute in Pinnacles National Park.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.