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Arches National Park

On our cross-country road trip moving Brady out to California, we arrived in Moab in the afternoon. With sundown approaching, we didn't hike any of the trails in this park - though there are many if you find yourself here with more time to spare. We came into the National Park from the south and the Visitor's Center is the first thing you'll pass after turning onto Arches Scenic Drive. We skipped the Visitor's center and went to the first of the Arches - we could see so many of the rock formations as we approached the National Park through Moab and we wanted to make sure we saw as much as we could before the sun set for the...

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Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park, July 28th 2020. Unlike our drive into Sequoia, approaching Kings Canyon really felt like we were driving into the untamed. You can definitely feel the “nature” around you in Sequoia, but in Kings Canyon it’s hard to imagine anything else. We came in from CA-180 and our first stop was Panorama Point. A quick detour off CA-180 right as you’re going through Grant’s Village. Panorama Point offers a small parking lot and at our arrival in the morning, only two other cars were there. A very quick paved path takes you to a few viewpoints on the mountainside – and the best view we found was on an outcropping with large rocks. From up here, you...

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Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, July 27th 2020. I flew from my apartment in Jax, FL to Brady’s place in Orange County. From his place in OC it was about 5 hours to Sequoia. It was an easy drive and traffic was light, especially once we got north of LA. As we got closer to the park, the scenery was increasingly more interesting. The one thing that we were surprised to notice, though, was that there weren’t many huge trees as we approached the park.  With the lack of big trees at first the traffic definitely made up for it in abundance. As any park/travel blog will tell you, it’s best to get to the parks early. We waited in line for a bit before...

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