Dec.23 -- 26, 2007
Deep canyons, high peaks, and big trees make Kings Canyon a treasure in the Sierra Nevada. Originally established as "General Grant National Park" in 1890 (only one week after Sequoia National Park), the Kings Canyon National Park was created and enlarged in 1940. In 1943, Sequoia and Kings Canyon were merged and managed as one park, sharing miles of boundary and wilderness.
Winter in the Sierra Nevada has been one of our favorite vacation plans (Yosemite 2001, Sequoia 2003, Yosemite 2007) although we have to buy new winter gears for Linus and Iris every year since they grow up so fast. There was a snow storm in Sierra mountains a few days before, but the weather has cleared up and the road condition was back to normal and we did not even need to install our snow chains when we got to the Kings Canyon National Park.
|We headed to Grant Grove Village in Kings Canyon National Park after it began to get darker. We stayed in the historic Grant Grove Cabin for the next 3 nights including Christmas Eve.|
After we returned our ski gears at around 4PM, Linus and Iris still did not want to leave, so we decided to go sledding again while Woanyu stayed in the car waiting for us. After a few successful runs, an accident happened: Linus and Iris were riding together, and Linus was controlling the sled and hit a bump (intentionally?). Unfortunately, Iris hit something and her nose was bleeding hard. Luckily, we had our walkie-talkie with us this time, and I could call Woanyu to ask her to come over to rescue us right away :-)
After the lunch at the Grant Grove Village, we went back to Grant Grove with our snowshoes again to find other places to explore. We went beyond the trail in another direction this time, and founded our 2nd and 3rd snow battle ground to spend the entire afternoon there.
We finally tried cross country ski this time, and we all enjoyed this new winter experience. Linus and Iris both even think skiing is more fun than snowshoeing this time. As usual, we stopped by a McDonald's in Fresno to have a quick lunch on the way home. Linus and Iris were still not tired of the "word relay" game that we kept playing for an hour in the car. We will go back to Kings Canyon sometime in a warmer season and have more hiking next time.
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