Friday, August 26, 2016

Kings Canyon National Park Photo Journal

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are so close together that they are operated as one unit. That may be great for administration reasons, but I think it gives Kings Canyon the shaft. In 1920, Kings Canyon was known as General Grant National Park and it was much smaller, primarily to protect the General Grant Sequoia Grove. Now that the park has grown in size, I hope it grows in reknown as well. 

Kings Canyon

There's so much beauty in Kings Canyon National Park, I wish it got more of the glory. With cliffs as impressive as Yosemite and giant Sequoia trees, Kings Canyon National Park is worth a visit on its own, not just as an afterthought to Sequoia.

I loved exploring Roaring River Falls and seeing the General Grant giant sequoia grove. The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway was one of the most scenic sections of road on our entire National Park to Park Highway tour so far. Kings Canyon National Park is beautiful and well worth exploring on its own. Here are some of our favorite photos from our tour, I hope you enjoy! 

Little G explores a sequoia log tunnel.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sequoia National Park Then and Now

In 1920, the National Park to Park Highway inaugural tour visited Sequoia National Park to see the largest trees in the world. Their tour brought them through Visalia in late October and unfortunately was cut short due to an unexpected snow storm. Still, their experience at Sequoia National Park has some similarities to what we experienced at this historic place.

National Park to Park Highway tour on Auto Log, 1920
Giant sequoia trees take thousands of years to grow. I have little doubt that if early national park advocates hadn't acted to save the giant sequoia trees they would've been cut down and used for boring things like houses and firewood. Thanks to the foresight of previous generations, I get to see these beautiful wonders. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yosemite National Park Photo Journal

Yosemite. It's a classic and has been from the beginning. 

I know Yellowstone claims to be the first ever National Park, but Yosemite Valley was designated as federal land put aside for the public use before Yellowstone. And I can see why. The granite cliffs and waterfalls, the forest and Merced river all combine for a beautiful scenic excursion, if you can stand the crowds (more on that in my next post).

If you've never been to Yosemite, or if you go every year, enjoy these photo favorites from our National Park to Park Highway tour. It's truly a beauty.
These mountains sing.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to Have a Zero Waste Camp Kitchen

When I talk to people about this National Park to Park Highway trip we're on, they inevitable have some questions. The first one is usually "What's the National Park to Park Highway?". The second an incredulous, "And you're doing this with three young kids?"

Later in the conversation they may ask for some specifics. One that has come up many times is the issue of food. What do you eat? How do you prepare food? You do this without a dishwasher?

Some people feel intimidated cooking in the outdoors. Yes, setting up a camp stove or stoking a fire is not as easy as pushing a button on the microwave, but being outdoors for a meal helps connect us with nature, and that's what our National Park to Park Highway adventure is all about. While on the road I've tried hard to have my kitchen away from home as comfortable as possible, while still being portable.