After Denver we had a lot of time on the road to get to the west coast. We stayed one night in Las Vegas. The kids learned a valuable lesson about gambling when they lost all their souvenir money in the slot machines.
They only lost half of it.*
The next morning we hopped back in the car and continued heading to California. We typically let the kids play video games for half of the long drives. When they are not in their Minecraft world, the inside of our car gets a little boisterous.
We finally made it to Sequoia National Park. Zach saw the trees when he was a kid and he's been rooting for us to see them too.**
We walked from our campsite to the General Grant Tree. We knew the kids could make it (we walked way more in D.C. and in New York), but the path definitely felt longer than we expected. Rowyn and Cole weren't so sure they were having a good time. However, this was not the case for Logan. He'd put together a survival pack and took the hike very seriously.
Sequoia National Park was a beautiful place to stay. The campsites are very close together, so we had to remind our kiddos that the adults next to us might not to deal with the wildlife (aka Cole, Logan, and Rowyn) the entire time. Also while we were there, the kids really got into helping us cook.
We got to see the coolest thing one of the nights we were there: Pandas in the wild!
They were so great! We got to hang out with them at their campfire--just chatting and munching on bamboo.
One of the coolest things (besides pandas) at national parks is they give the kids an opportunity to achieve Junior Park Ranger status. Rowyn LOVES this. They boys begrudgingly join her. I thought I'd share this record of my son's deep thinking about how he experiences nature with four of his senses.
*They did not actually gamble.
** See what I did there? Rooting for us to see the trees. Sometimes I like to be punny.