“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien
On to Sequoia! While the TALLEST trees in the world are the redwoods along the California coast, the BIGGEST trees in the world by volume grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. So that’s where we went. We spent two nights at Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks (the two are right next to each other and are jointly administered). We saw lots of really cool wildlife including fearless deer, black bears, and fighting tarantulas. And, of course, the largest living thing on earth: General Sherman.
Next we drove down to Pasadena to see lots of friends. We stayed there the longest of any of our stops and spent most of the time resting and enjoying wonderful conversation. We only ventured out a few times. Once to see the amazing botanical gardens.
After LA we headed up through Las Vegas and then to Zion National Park. This was one of our favorite National Parks. Accessible for kids, the shuttle system kept the traffic away, and the views were spectacular.
Really, all of southern Utah and northern Arizona was just incredible.
So, the Grand Canyon was definitely amazing. Every American should come here and just meditate on the glory of creation. We got up early to watch the sunrise at Haley’s suggestion which I’m very glad we did.
Oh and here’s the Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park!
After that we headed down to Albuquerque and stayed at a really cool hotel. The culture and architecture in that part of the States are really unique and it was fun to see.
We stopped one more time in Lubbock to speak at a church and it was great to finally be back in Texas.
And then the end! Or the beginning. Over 7,000 miles later.
And we’ve been pretty busy with learning how to do all this… farm… stuff.