With so many gorgeous State and National Parks to be seen in California, our travel agenda over Easter was simple. Park Hop. First destination was the wondrous Sequoia National Park, but before I share our journey, I need to have a Mommy moment.
As I sat posting pics of our trip, the song "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones was playing in the background. How perfect, and of course, I cried. Our everyday lives are so busy filled with all of the things that we enjoy doing (and some that we do not), but it's so important to have this time as a family to just be one. To share these visions of God's beauty while walking beside one another is a blessing in itself and I am so thankful! Just know, my angels, that I'll forever be asking you to Come Away With Me!
you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. isaiah 55:12
We took turns hiking Moro Rock because we did not want to bring our three year old on this excursion. While it is only a 1/4 mile in distance round trip, the climb is very steep. My eight year old daughter accompanied me on this exquisite hike and did very well! Should you have a need to rest, though, just tuck to the side and offer to take pics for the other hikers as you take a breather...that's always most appreciated!
We must be visiting the right places because I find myself saying the same thing over and over, but it's true. We were in TOTAL AWE of the enormity of these trees. Like something out of a fairytale, we walked carefully with our heads tilted backwards and our mouths wide open. The magnitude of these trees is something I never imagined, and we knew we were mere visitors among these towering giants!
Meet me in the giant Forest: Visiting General Sherman
The kids loved driving through and exploring the area around the Tunnel Log before dark. We had planned for two days at SNP, but the first day there was a fire and the entrance that we were at was temporarily closed, so we had to do as much as we could in one day. We were due to arrive in Big Sur the next day.
Reimer's Candies & Gifts was the perfect ending to our fabulous day in the park!
Our stay at club royal oak
While there are a couple of RV Resorts closer to Sequoia National Park, we decided to stay in Kingsburg, California, at Club Royal Oak which is about 45 minutes outside of SNP. We are Catholic and wanted to stay near a church, so that we could attend Easter services. The Holy Saturday Vigil at Holy Family Catholic Church was a beautiful, reverent, candle lit service that was standing room only. Arrive early if you want to sit in a pew and be able to fully participate in this beautiful Mass.
Off the beaten path and away from road noice and traffic, the grounds at Club Royal Oak provided a nice little setting for our Easter Egg Festivities. Our neighbors even bought the kids bubbles which was a sweet gesture. I was able to get in a run around the grounds and that always makes me a happy camper! The kids also played down by the water for a bit each day and they enjoyed that. Two night stay here and then we were off to Big Sur!! (Be sure to read Part 1 of this entry because Big Sur has been my favorite RV trip so far, just being honest!)
easter Festivities on the road
bringing the real world back to the classroom!
Look at Tripp in the pic on the left. He is the tiny image in the red shirt on the bottom right. So amazing! Appreciate that his teacher allowed him to share his experience with the class.