Epic Road Trip - Week Three
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” - John Muir
So here we are at the start of our third week out west. The trip was going by way too fast! This week had us briefly in Nevada and then to California.
Day Fifteen: We started out the day driving for a bit on Route 66, and we made a quick stop at Hackberry General Store.
Day Sixteen: Before we started our drive through Death Valley, we stopped to explore the Goldwell Open Air Museum. As the website states, it is “Art where it seemingly shouldn’t be...consisting of seven outdoor sculptures that are colossal not only in their scale, but in their placement within the vast upper Mojave desert.” We also explored Rhyolite Ghost Town. The kids are fascinated with ghost towns, so they had fun reading all about the history and exploring around.
Day Seventeen: The first part of the day was spent exploring Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, California. It was a subterranean home and garden hand-built by one man, Baldassare Forestiere, from 1906-1946. He grew fruit trees and grapevines underground, many of which are still thriving today. It was definitely a hidden gem! The afternoon was spent driving to Yosemite National Park and checking into our canvas tent cabin at Half Dome Village.
Day Eighteen: Yosemite was my favorite stop of our trip. I think I could have stayed there indefinitely 😂:) We spent most of the day chasing waterfalls! First we hiked to Lower Yosemite Falls. Spent a lot of time scrambling on rocks and soaking our feet in the cold water. The afternoon was spent hiking to the top of Vernal Falls. The younger two kiddos and I made it part of the way, while Ryan and Addy hiked all the way. They said it was amazing! It is on my list of hikes for when we go back.
Day Nineteen and Twenty: On our way out of Yosemite, we stopped at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Wow, what a beautiful hike. We stayed way longer than I had intended, but it was worth every minute. We finally had to leave, as Ridley was anxious to see and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. We spent the next day (day 20) driving to Crescent City, CA. The drive was beautiful with views of vineyards, redwoods, and the Pacific Ocean. We stayed at another KOA in Crescent City. Our camping cabin was nestled among redwoods, it was so nice and peaceful.
Day Twenty-One: The morning was spent at The Trees of Mystery. It is touristy, but we had a lot of fun. We took a ride on the Sky Gondola up through the trees, explored on the Kingdom of Trees Trail, and walked among the carved, milled-redwoods on the Trail of Tall Tales. Then we went to hike at Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. The size of the redwoods, wow, it was definitely worth the trip. Would love to go back and explore some more one day.
Well that wraps up our third week out west. Check out weeks one and two, if you haven’t already. And thanks so much for following along!