Sequoia, King Canyon & Death Valley National Parks – California and Las Vegas – Nevada (September 2016)

(Days 1 & 2) – After an early morning 7-hour drive from Carmel, California we immediately knew we made the right choice to depart once we started taking in the beauty of King Canyon & Sequoia National Parks. Huge beautiful trees with fantastic mountainous views. In Sequoia National Park we saw General Sherman – largest tree on Earth measuring 52,500 cubic feet, drove through the “Tunnel Log”, and hiked close to 10 miles within the forest.

Breathtaking views in King Canyon National Park
Breathtaking views in King Canyon National Park
Top of Mora Rock in Sequoia National Park
Top of Mora Rock in Sequoia National Park
Aaron and Samuel checking out the scenery from Mora Rock
Aaron and Samuel checking out the scenery from Mora Rock
Austin lounging in a Sequoia Tree
Austin lounging in a Sequoia Tree
Amazing views through King Canyon National Park
Loved the field grass throughout King Canyon National Park
Look!! We drove through the "Tunnel Tree"
Look!! We drove through the “Tunnel Tree”
Relative size for how huge the sequoia trees are in the park
Relative size for how huge the sequoia trees are in the park
Boys loved climbing these tree roots and asked to bring home for grandma & grandpa to make into a tree house!
Boys loved climbing these tree roots and asked to bring home for grandma & grandpa to make into a tree house!
Austin in front of the largest tree in the world, General Shearman
Austin in front of the largest tree on the Earth, General Sherman

(Days 3 & 4) – We packed away the boys hats and gloves at 3 am and headed on a 5-hour drive to the hottest place on Earth – Death Valley National Park. We were literally in the middle of nowhere – driving for hours without much sign of human activity much less gas stations or stores. With the hottest temperature ever recorded of 134 degrees, we were appreciative of the 110-degree temp and Aaron even went bike riding two days…craziness!

Amazing sand dunes
Amazing sand dunes
After hours in the car - what little boy could resist playing in these huge sand piles?!
After hours in the car – what little boy could resist playing in these huge sand piles?!
Great views of the valley
Great views of the valley
Holding on tight so they don't run off the edge!
Holding on tight so they don’t run off the edge!
What A Sunset!
What A Sunset!
Trail in the middle of nowhere, leading further to the middle of nowhere!
Trail in the middle of nowhere, leading further to the middle of nowhere!
So proud of Aaron for biking 25+ miles in Death Valley National Park!
So proud of Aaron for biking 25+ miles in Death Valley National Park!
Death Valley biking pic - basically in the middle of no where heading no where!
Death Valley biking view
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Look who we saw on our way to Vegas!
Death Valley - hottest place on Earth. So hot and sunny - they can not even see!
Death Valley – hottest place on Earth. So hot and sunny – they can not even see after working so hard to become Junior Rangers!
Aaron kindly carrying our Samuel across the salty terrain in the desert
Aaron kindly carrying our Samuel across the salty terrain in the desert
Badwater Basin - lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level
Badwater Basin – lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level

(Days 5 & 6) – Short 2+ hour drive to Las Vegas, Nevada – we went from the middle of a desolate desert to the middle of lights, action, and entertainment!

Didn’t capture a picture but I had a great time catching up over lunch with Lindsay and her brother Tom!

Pool Fun
Pool Fun at Mandalay Bay
The stress of being just under 48 inches to go in the big wave pool. They were hoping overnight they had grown taller - sweet boys!
Aw…to just miss the big wave pool height cutoff – that extra night of sleep apparently didn’t make them that much taller!
We saw Batman!
We saw Batman!
Fountains always a hit at the Bellagio
Fountains always a hit at the Bellagio
Boys favorite Vegas experience - Volcano at The Mirage
Boys favorite Vegas experience – Volcano at The Mirage

(Day 7) – Early flight back to St. Louis – excited to visit with family and friends!

Favorite Kid Quotes:
• “May I please have (insert anything random) ….please?!” (i.e., polite verbal intro to every google talk inquiry)
• “This is where I go to call my boss.”
• “I wish we didn’t have so much fun today so the day would last longer.”
• “I think that trail sign points to heaven because we have got to be so close!”
• “I wish our car was really an ice cube with wheels, I really need it to be freezing in here!”
• “All of my legs are so tired.”

Thank you for sharing in this crazy journey we call life!  

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