Our Trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia

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I’ve been meaning to write about our trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park and a couple weeks later, I’m finally getting around to it. I hadn’t been up there since I was around Ellie’s age, so it was like the first time for me too. We drove up with our wonderful Homeschool friends and stayed for a short couple days. It was quick but we managed to pack in quite a lot. We hiked up to the General Grant tree on our first day. The girls were in awe of the giant trees and it was really neat to see how much fun they were having with all of it. We stopped to sketch the trees and birds (I spotted a bright blue Stellar’s Jay while in the park, which I was thrilled about). The girls loved climbing in and out of the big knotholes and exploring the little off path areas they had available.
The next morning, the girls wanted to sketch the sunrise, so we woke up very early (much too early for this mama) and hiked up the hill behind our cabin to try and catch it. I think we were a wee bit too late, but the girls had a nice time exploring the area on the rocks. I was a little worried about mountain lions being too close by, so we made our sketching quick. We decided to head to Sequoia the next day. It was such a beautiful walk through to the General Sherman. The kids enjoyed asking the rangers questions and it was really special being amongst all the giants. We headed home after that and after a very long and queasy trip down…. we all made it home safe and sound, with lots of wonderful memories.

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