We had an amazing week up in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in July. We camped at Lodgepole and had a sweet spot right on a river bank (next to a nice family from Palm Springs.) On our first night, we saw mother and cub rooting around in the river bed below us.
After spending last spring break in Vancouver, BC, we resumed our desert adventures and camped in Joshua Tree National Park for 5 days at the Blackrock campground near Yucca Valley. (For prior desert adventure, check out Death Valley - my personal favorite.)