Last Winter Jordan started planning our first road trip as a family. Baby Jor is 10 months old now and this seemed like the perfect time to introduce him to our passion of the National Parks. Our first destinations would be Sequoia and Kings Canyon!
We initially planned to camp at Yosemite for two nights before moving on to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, but some unexpected delays forced us to cut out Yosemite this year.
A look at our route:
So we arrived in Sequoia after two days of driving.
A side note on road tripping with an infant:
We brought along lots of toys and changed them out often. We stopped every 2-3 hours to give baby Jor a break, walk him around, and let him play on the bed in the trailer. We also downloaded a season of his favorite show, Daniel Tiger, onto our iPad and used a headrest iPad mount so he could watch it from his car seat. This kept Jor very happy and I don’t know what we would have done without it.
We’ve been to many National Parks, but were instantly amazed at the uniqueness of the landscape in the foothills area of Sequoia. There were giant yuccas and brightly colored wild flowers all over the rocky hillsides.
Our camp site at the Potwisha campground was mostly forested with short boulders and golden grass beneath the trees. Our site backed up to a ravine and the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, which you could hear from camp.
The mornings at camp Jor would make breakfast and I would document the previous days’ adventures, so that baby Jordan would have a chronicle of his first road trip.
And then we’d set off for the day, Jordan and Missy always pre-planning our route.
Our plan was to drive through the Sequoias and explore King’s Canyon.
And almost first thing we spotted a giant black bear in a meadow!
We’ve been to Yellowstone, Yosemite, and lots of other places you’d commonly see bears, but this was our first bear sighting! He was beautiful.
We then took a few different walks through the giant Sequoias.
and then we arrived in Kings Canyon!
The views during our drive through and around the canyon were incredible! The rocky cliffs on either side of us towered into the clouds.
On the way back to camp, after exploring Kings Canyon, we found a couple nice little drives, and a road leading to a tree you could drive under.
Along this particular drive we spotted two more black bear grazing in a meadow!
After this we stopped in the Sequoias again to play amongst the giants.
We spotted a buck mule deer who seemed to have the same idea.
The next morning we left for Redwoods National Park.
Thanks for reading! Look for our post about exploring the Redwoods coming soon!