Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks | My Birthday Trip Part 2
The views at these three National Parks were so beautiful that I had to split our trip up into two blog posts just to be able to feature ALL of my favorites!!! You know, me being a photographer and all! Haha!
You can head on over to see the photos from Yosemite National Park HERE after you’ve finished seeing all the gorgeous photos from todays blog post at Sequoia and Kings Canyon!!!
The first day of our trip was spent mainly driving and we stayed the weekend at this super cute AirBNB with this super sweet family in Fresno, CA! If you’re making a trip up to visit these parks too then you should totally check them out HERE!
The second day of our trip we visited Yosemite National Park and we got to watch the sunset over Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, and Half Dome! It was STUNNING and I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to going back to do more exploring/photographing there this coming September (2017)!!!
If you’re heading to Yosemite in September too we should TOTALLY CONNECT!!! I’m looking to photograph some gorgeous romantic adventurer couples while I’m there!!!
The third day of our trip we visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!
The views at Sequoia and Kings Canyon are completely different that Yosemite but just as stunning! We spent the day driving through the parks and stopping at SEVERAL viewpoints! Haha!
My Handsome Husband and My Personal “Navigator”
When we first got inside Sequoia and Kings Canyon we stopped at the very first picnic area so we could take a peak at the map to see where we all wanted to go for the day!
While we were parked there we noticed The Big Stump Trail and decided to go adventuring down it to see what was down it! This was our first views of the Sequoia’s and seeing how MASSIVE they were!
My husband of course was our Navigator for the trail and figuring out where to go! I could read maps if I absolutely HAD to, but it’s so much easier if he does it!!! Hahaha!
The Giant Sequoia Stump
As we were traveling through The Big Stump Trail we came across this HUGE Sequoia tree stump that had a ladder to climb up on top of it!
Climbing up on top of it gave me the chance to see up close just how large they are!!!! I felt so tiny compared to it! But my husband though, he looked tiny on it too even though to me he’s a giant too since he’s 6’5 tall!!!!
The General Grant Tree – 3rd Largest Sequoia Tree in the World
Our next pit stop was to see The General Grant Tree which is the THIRD largest Sequoia in the world! It’s so HUGE and towers over everyone who stops to see it! I think it’s so amazing that we were able to see it up close and personal!
The Massiveness of the Sequoia Trees
On our way back to the car from visiting The General Grant Tree we came across a fallen Sequoia that we could actually walk through! It was super super cool being able to walk through it and I couldn’t touch both sides at the same time! Haha! Short people problems I guess because my husband could!
The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Our next plan for the day was to drive down the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway! I had seen on Pinterest when I was doing research on what to do and see at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks that this was a “must see”!
They weren’t wrong! It’s STUNNING! As we drove along we got several AMAZING views of the mountains, the valleys, the rushing river, and of course we stopped SEVERAL times to take photos! It’s just so beautiful!
My Personal Travel Photographer aka “my husband”!
On the trips I’m able to take with my handsome husband I designate him as my personal travel photographer to capture photos of me at these beautiful locations too! I don’t know what I’d do without him!
He was able to capture some pretty GORGEOUS photos from this entire trip together that I am CRAZY in love with!!! Sure having him as my travel photographer it comes with a LOT of instruction, some redo’s, and the occasional moment of me flipping him the middle finger because I can hear him taking like 100 photos of the same thing! But I’m so thankful for him and for the photos he captures for me!
My Newly Discovered Fear of Rapids
As we were driving down the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway I discovered a new found fear of white water rapids. David said it’s the fear of being engulfed by big bodies of water and I think he’s right because I’m TERRIFIED of going swimming out in the ocean too.
The entire time we drove right next to the white water rapids of King River I could feel my anxiety building. By the time we got to the end of the scenic byway my hands were shaking! At least now I know that I probably shouldn’t try white water rafting in my lifetime! Haha!
The Zumwalt Meadows
At the very end of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (aka “Roads End”) we took a short hike to see the Zumwalt Meadows! We crossed over a bridge that went over the roaring Kings River and arrived at the meadows after a short hike past that.
The Zumwalt meadows are GORGEOUS! With it being the end of Spring when we visited the Kings River was high and was flooding the meadows so we weren’t able to make the full loop unless we wanted to walk through freezing ice cold water that melted off the mountain tops!
The water was so cold that my hand went numb after only one minute of putting it into the water!
While we were there a really sweet lady stopped to take a photo for us that will forever be one of my favorite travel photos of my husband and I!
The Hume Lake and Adorable Duckies!
On our way out of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park we chose to take a different road back to the park exit. On our way down this road we went past the Hume Lake and Recreation area!
California amazes me yet again with something so peaceful and so beautiful! This lake reminded me so much of back home in Minnesota when we’d go fishing out on the lakes at sunset. But the best part about Hume Lake is that there’s the GORGEOUS mountains in the background to add to it’s beauty!!! Minnesota doesn’t have mountains!
While I was walking the shore of the lake these sweet ducks swam up by me. It’s a mama, daddy, and baby ducky! Growing up I used to be a HUGE fan of anything to do with duckies, so it made my heart so happy to be able to photograph these guys up close!
The next day after visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon we hit the road for home. I’m so thankful that my husband and I were able to make this short weekend trip together and to make some new memories together!
I’m SUPER SUPER EXCITED to be heading back up to Yosemite this coming September (2017) to photograph some gorgeous couples there and do some more exploring! If you’re planning on being there in September or you want to have beautiful photos taken with your fiancé or husband while you’re there, LET’S CONNECT!!! I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to go adventuring together and to capture stunning photos for you!
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