Sequoia National Park

Happy 129th anniversary to Sequoia National Park! On this day, President Harrison signed legislation creating America’s second national park. It was the first national park created to protect the giant sequoia trees from logging.  In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt added the Kings Canyon National Park to Sequoia to have these national parks operate jointly.

We visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park about eight years ago. Enjoy a few photos from our visit there.

The Ash Mountain Entrance:

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Tunnel Rock (original granite tunnel was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and this narrow passageway was the only route through until the highway was widened in 1997. You can still walk underneath or on top of the rock if you can hike up it):

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Giant Forest (large sequoia grove):

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General Sherman (largest living sequoia tree standing about 275 feet tall):

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John Muir reflected that giant sequoia groves are “not like places, they are like haunts.”  Happy 129th, Sequoia National Park!

Calling All 4th Graders

Parents and teachers of 4th graders in the United States, get your free national park pass for this school year! Yes, a free pass!

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Every Kid Outdoors created this program to encourage 4th graders and their families to get outside and discover our national parks system for free.

The pass works now through August 31, 2020. The pass includes all children under 16 and up to three adults or one vehicle if driving.  You must bring the paper pass as electronic ones don’t work.  Passes cannot be transferred to anyone else.

Parents can get their 4th grader’s pass by having your 4th grader complete an online activity and then print out your park pass. Click here to start the online process.

Educators can get a paper pass for each student in their 4th grade class. You need to download an activity and then print out the paper passes for your students.  Educators, click here to begin the process to get your students their free park passes!

If you have or teach a 4th grader, make sure to get your free park pass and enjoy our national parks!

 

Teton Anniversary

At the end of July, our family journeyed to the Grand Teton National Park to celebrate our 15th anniversary where we got married!

We loved seeing this special national park again and also sharing it with our two kids.

Steve and I got married in the Chapel of Transfiguration in the national park. This rustic chapel was constructed in 1925. We love this little, lodgepole pine chapel with that amazing window framing the Teton Range!

Enjoy some photos of our visit to the chapel. ❤️

Definitely stop by this beautiful and historic chapel if you’re in the Grand Teton National Park!

P.S. More vacation posts coming!

103!

Check out who’s turning 103 years old! The National Park Service!

President Woodrow Wilson created the national park service (NPS) back on August 25, 1916.

The act stated that the NPS “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Pick a park to visit and celebrate this important birthday of these amazing treasures!