Finally, as we hit the western outskirts of the park we got enough cell service to find directions to our mysterious campsite in the woods. All was solved. That is until we saw the road Siri was telling us to take, the only road in a 25 mile circumference that could lead us to where we needed to be.
Now i've travelled down some rough dirt roads in my experiences abroad (see posts about getting lost in Corsica's GR20 trails), but this experience was next level terrifying.
We had a quarter tank of gas, no address or printed map, had now lost cell service and were set down an unpaved primitive road in the wildness of the Sequoia National Forest, at dusk.
It was bad.
The built in GPS in our truck said we weren't even on a road, and we agreed. The road was wide and even when we started down it but had somewhere along the way, all of a sudden, narrowed into a steep, treacherous, cattle trail that lined a sudden dropping cliff. Siri had led us astray.
There was no room to turn around anymore, so we kept driving onward sure that at some point we would reach a main road and thankful that we were driving a 4x4.
I remember thinking, 'Worst case we sleep in the car'. Then I looked out the window and saw the size of the bear droppings all over the road and decided that may not be the worst case, that in fact there could be a much worse situation that could play out. Soon after, Ellie pointed out a large animal skull in the middle of the road. It was clear that no one had driven down this road in a long time.