July 31, 2017

sequoia national park

After Yosemite, we spent one day in sequoia national park. My advice to anyone visiting this national park: don't go on the weekend. We found out if you do go on the weekend some roads and cool sites (like the tree you can drive through) are closed and so you have to get really lucky on a parking spot or take the shuttle around. With Perry, the shuttle was not an option for us. We figured out, a little too late, that we could've gotten a temporary parking pass to allow us to park closer for the day. But, as it was, we struggled a bit, but it all worked out.

The first time we stopped at one of the visitors centers, we were right next to a deer. Do you see it in the bushes there?

We were excited to see General Sherman. We had heard this was wheelchair accessible. And I guess it is, but because we didn't have the handicap parking pass with us so we parked at the general parking. To get from the general parking to see General Sherman the path is paved, but there are lots of stairs and it is more steep than not (we didn't know this when we started out). We just had to keep lifting the stroller, but we did it. And then we got up close to stand at the base of General Sherman. Looking up at that thing made me feel small, in a good way, and left me with a sense of awe and wonderment.

We also got to climb up to Moro Rock. Perry was having a rough day so we didn't want to push him to climb up the 400 steps with us. So we divided up. Eric took Layla and Kacin on the shuttle and they climbed to the top. When they returned, Kyler and and I took our turn to venture to the top. My favorite thing was that Kyler and I decided to skip the shuttle back and took the hiking trail instead. It felt so good to be out hiking and stretching our legs, if only for a short time. I made Kyler run part of the way, too and he loved that (ha ha). Anyways, Moro rock had amazing, breathtaking views!


Just like Yosemite, it would've been so great to stay longer at sequoia national park and explore a little more, but with the time we had we enjoyed our visit immensely.