Sunday, September 17, 2017

Harvest Time

The gourds are ripe.
time to harvest!

 Its an annual tradition that the grandkids help harvest the gourds

 Heidi liked the crazy gourds

 Annabelle's first harvest

The haul!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Park # 46 - Sequoia National Park

Welcome to Sequoia National Park!

Home of the BIG trees!
Including the General Sherman, the biggest one of all.

You can even drive through one of the trees.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Park Number 45 - Kings Canyon

Also in the Sierra Nevada mountain range but south of Yosemite,
is Kings Canyon.

The General Grant tree is there, 
the second largest tree in the world, by volume.

The park also features Kings Canyon, 
a beautiful drive down the mountains to the Kings River.

The drive is very scenic and bucolic.

This is Grizzly Falls

We stayed at the Cedar Grove Lodge along the Kings River
and enjoyed nature.

It was a magical place!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stellers Jays

Stellers Jays were everywhere in the parks.

I enjoyed watching them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Revisiting Park #4

We've been to Yosemite National Park in the past, but it is worth revisiting.

We stay at the Majestic Yosemite Lodge in the heart of the park.

There were wildfires burning and parts of the park were in accessible.
The first morning we were there, we had lots of ash on our car.

We hiked up to the footbridge below Vernal Falls but its hard to see the falls in the smoke.
Can you see them between the tree lines?

 The second day we were there we drove to Tenaya Lake 

Olmsted Point

Tuolumne Meadows

And Tioga Pass which were all closed due to snow on our previous visit.

 There was still snow in the upper mountains, but the road was open.

We also visited the Toulumme Meadows Lodge and were surprised to discover it was a tent!

Had a great lunch at the Whoa Nellie Deli in the Mobil station in Lee Vining
and returned to our room at Yosemite Valley.