I am thinking that perhaps we (two adults and a beautiful baby girl) will fly into Visalia on October 9th and land at around 1:30. We're gong to Visalia really only to see the Giant Forest. From the airport I'm think ing I will rent a car and drive to the Giant Forest (about 90 mins). This means I get there between 4 and 5pm (I have to account some time for feeding the baby and picking up our luggage and all).
So is that too late? I plan to see General Sherman and the trails around it (see the leaning tree), the Giant Forest Museum, the tunnel log, and maybe a cave. I imagine little light gets through all those trees later on in the afternoon, but will it be too dark around that time?
I'm open to spending the night inside the park, at one of the lodges (no camping). Can anyone recommend a place? I'm also thinking of leaving the Giant Forest that evening and heading south to Anaheim, but I don't plan on getting there that night. I'll probably spend the night in Bakersfield or some other city along the way and do the rest the next morning.
Thanks for the input... we're still trying to sort out our many options.