Frivolous Friday! On the Wild Side of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Part 1!)
It’s Frivolous Friday!
Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)
Yep, this happened #1:
The hubs and I just got home from a WILD trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
We made reservations for one of their cabins in January so yay that our vacation was finally here! And, I’m happy to report we LOVED every minute of our adventure!
Our cabin was one of nine that are original to the park (like 100 years old!) Isn’t it adorable?
(But our cabin was modernized and fully equipped with a full bathroom, comfy beds with linens and a coffee maker = Score!)
There were amazing trails that started right next to our cabin….
Spectacular, don’t you think?
Of course the parks are famous for their Giant Sequoia Trees – some are over 2,000 years old!
It really is jaw dropping (and hug inducing) to see them in person.
We enjoyed a Ranger Tour (ahem, I mean a “Ghost Tour”)
Our guide, a ghost, was historic figure Mrs. Gamlin, and she told us about how she raised her family in this cabin…and also ran a hotel here in the 1800’s!
Thanks to the National Park Service for being so creative with their free and informative ranger tours…our ghost had the whole crowd ENTHRALLED!
This is the “General Grant Tree” which measures almost 270 feet tall and 107 feet around at its base.
The tree was named in 1867 to honor Ulysses S. Grant, and was coined “the Nation’s Christmas Tree.” It is one of the “biggest” attractions in America’s national park system.
We didn’t only hike – we also drove around taking in all the beauty.
The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is billed as one of the best scenic drives in all of California and we couldn’t agree more…..
Located in Kings Canyon National Park, the drive is 50 miles long, and it traverses massive canyons, passes waterfalls, and follows a river….and
when you get down to the bottom of the canyon the views are as amazing as they were from the top!
Once we reached the bottom of the canyon we enjoyed a 9.6 mile hike up to see Mist Falls…
(Okay, to be honest, I didn’t enjoy mile 4….but when we finally reached the falls, and started tucking into our picnic lunch I enjoyed it again….hee hee)
Don’t you wish the trails around our neighborhood looked like this?
But then we don’t have to deal with this….so I guess it might be okay after all…. 😉
We really enjoyed exploring the canyon and it’s trails….can you spot lil ole me in this scene near Zumwalt Meadow?
And who can resist a fun bridge? Definitely not me!
This was the result of day one!
[With fun and smiles in every step….well almost every step…..] 😉
And let me share a tip with you – whenever you are visiting a National Park – download the “Just Ahead” app before you leave home.
The app uses GPS tracking to give you wonderful stories and the history of everything you are looking at – it really makes places come alive by popping up with narration just as you are driving by.
Look how many entries you can listen to in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park:
We also saw a lot of wildlife during our National Park adventure – from Chickorees (the cutest little squirrels you ever did see) to a million birds and a little family of deer:
HERE is a fun little video of them munching wild berries
I have too many photos to share with you – so next week I’ll show you the Wildfire, the BEARS and more!!!
Today’s entry will end with a fun little shadow of me and my sweetie….
What can I say: I’m Feeling Blessed!
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