Of course, scooters came first. They love those scooters.
Then we went to a park with Monte....
Is that a sad sight or what? They were repairing the surface and fenced off most of the playground.
Luckily, there was a part of the playground available as well as another near by play ground.
Soon, the big day to begin the road trip had arrived.
The kids fell asleep right away as we were off.
Notice that both Soccer Ball Bear and Butterfly Bear were equally as tired and dressed in snow clothes.
Almost there and the kids were awake and hungry. After dinner, another hour or so of driving in the night.
This is the awesome sight the next morning. The kids were very excited to play in the snow and dressed themselves as super guys.
Here are three of my favorite people standing in the hollow tree.
For comparison, here is Tami in the hollow tree when we we camped in Kings Canyon back in 2003 as friends.
2003Notice anything the same or different between the pictures?
The lodge had a common room. It was really nice to use this living room. The fire was kept going by employees all through the day and most of the night. We made friends, talked and played with other visitors. One of the very fun things, more fun than I would have imagined, was playing a board game with my wife and kids for the very first time. We played chutes and ladders. That really was a nice experience. The rooms were big enough for sleeping and were warm with a coffee maker and other amenities. But they had no TV and that was nice. It was the longest I had gone without watching a TV in a very long time. And that made the big common room so much more appealing.
Here is the other side of the historic hollow tree.
Tami somehow managed to walk amongst the trees even with two leg-hugging-kiddo-monsters running and attacking her.
Tami took the kids out for some flash light snow exploring.
And this is the General Sherman tree, biggest tree in the world measured by mass. There is redwood with the record for tallest and another tree that is the widest. But this is the tree with the most board feet of wood. It is gigantic. Which is interesting because it is a giant surrounded by so many giants. These are magnificent trees.
For comparison, here is a picture Tami took of me on February break in 2006, the winter that it fell. It was pretty cool to get up close to an ancient tree branch bigger than so many trees. And we looked forward to seeing it again after the passing years.
I tried for a family picture. Ana looked at the camera each time until just before the timer went and that's when she decided to see what I was up to. I love this family.
That was a fantastic trip.There is noting like having days off with family to enjoy each other. And watching kids play while holding my wife's hand amongst the trees was perfect.