Two Days, Two National Parks

In Week 14 of guest blogging, Katie introduces her cousin to one of the best things about this country: its National Parks. Check out their long weekend adventures below, and what else Katie’s been up to in her Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home series. 

My cousin Hannah (aka Hantie from the Utah ski trip) came out to visit the first week of July. Yosemite reopened after a 3-month long COVID closure, and I was lucky enough to get a reservation-only pass for the Fourth of July long weekend.

Yosemite is one of my favorite places in California and I was really excited to take Hannah on a whirlwind Sierras road trip. Shockingly, she had never been to a National Park up until this point (#ShelteredInTheMidwest). The original plan was to do Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks all in a day, but we ended up loving Kings Canyon so much that we didn’t make it to Sequoia. Here are the highlights of our trip.

Day 1: Yosemite

The first glimpse of El Capitain and Half Dome (“oh, that’s the North Face logo?”)
Fueling up on jasmine milk tea before the Mist Trail hike
Vernal Falls
Vegan cheese sandwich. Pass for me.
Nevada Falls and Half Dome (in the back)
Frigid but refreshing

Day 2: Kings Canyon

The big boy, General Sherman
Definitely did not remember Kings Canyon from my childhood. Very impressed!
Hantie’s prayers were answered! This little black bear darted right in front of our car.
I’d say she’s a National Parks believer now!

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