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I have just returned from a week's vacation to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks in California. Each of them are fabulous in their own way and I would highly recommend that you visit them in you are able to. Like the Grand canyon you need to see these at least one time in your life. On the first day of our trip we flew in to Fresno and then drove to Three Rivers, California to spend the night. Three Rivers is just south of Sequoia National Park. The next day we spent in Sequoia National Park and visited the big trees including the General Sherman Tree and took a hike to the top of More Rock. The General Sherman Tree is the Largest Tree in the World based on the volume of wood and too large to get in one single photo. This will give you some idea of its size. The Hike to Moro Rock was well worth the more than 350 steps UP that it took to get there. Here is just part of the view from the top. We spent the night at Montecito Sequoia Lodge which is located on the Generals Highway right between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks. They had a small lake which you could row a boat on and great meals. The meals which included Dinner and a great breakfast are all part of the lodging price which was quite reasonable. The next day we spent the morning driving through Kinds Canyon and then drove on to our base of operation for visiting Yosemite National Park. Here is a view of the Canyon. Our base of operation for our visit to Yosemite was the Highland House B&B near Mariposa just one hour from the west entrance of Yosemite. I highly recommend this B&B, very friendly folks, great breakfasts and more hummingbirds than I have ever seen in one spot at a time. We had two days to visit the park. The first day was very full from 9AM to about 7 PM visiting the Yosemite Valley, driving the Tioga Road which we were surprised to find open tis early in the year and seeing Hetch Hetchy which forms mush of the water supply for the city of San Francisco. Do a web search on Hetch Hetchy and read about its amazing history and the controversy with none other than John Muir. Here is a view of the reservoir. The 2nd day we drove the southern part of the park and visited the Mariposa grove of big Sequoia trees, took the road to Glacier Point. THe lead photo of this blog entry is taken from Glacier Point. We also stopped at Tunnel View. Here is a photo of yours truly from Tunnel View. After a fabulous time with a third night at the Highland House B&B, it was a grueling day of travel back home to Houston. We arrived back home at 12:30 AM the next day. You may ask what does all of this have to do with our Namesake towns that we have been talking about. Well just about a 100 miles northwest of Yosemite National Park you will find the town of Georgetown, California. Georgetown was founded as part of the California Gold Rush of 1849 so it has quite a history also. If it wasn't for it and the many other Gold camps, California would be quite different than it is today. Georgetown, California is a town of 2,367 located in El Dorado County along California Route 193. It lies 12 miles north of Placerville, the county seat of Eldorado County and 12 miles east of Auburn. The nearest colleges and universities are in Sacramento, the capital of California. These include the California State University Sacramento Campus, Capital Bell College and Trinity Life Bible College. For more information on Georgetown please see my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities" at the the links given below. Links: For Namesake at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Namesake-Travel-Book-Inspired-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK For Namesake at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009 Montecito Sequoia Lodge: http://www.mslodge.com Highland House B&B: http://www.highlandhouseinn.com/?gclid=CIHCo4GSoLcCFYFQ7AodSSsAAw