A favorite part of our trip has been the Sequoia National Park in California. Most of California is shut down, so I was so thankful that the park was open enough for us to walk through. We were in absolute awe of the enormity of the great trees. We really appreciated that the signs along the way were also in braille and some had pictures of the trees or cones raised with texture. I want to believe that it helps Grace-Anna to enter into our world and enjoy this with us. She smiles a lot when she reads the braille, so all is well. We got to get some amazing pictures of our tiny girls sitting in one of the trees along the trail. Funny story…… we apparently were walking the trail backwards, wandering along our merry way. There was a spot that seemed to lead up to this tree. It even had some railing along the way. Being as adventurous as we possibly can with this crew, we took off on our little hike. Analise, in her pure scientist mode, was examining the tree by knocking on the bark to hear the density of the tree. Grace-Anna got to “see” it by feeling all over it. I took her hand and had her touch one end and then we ran her hand all the way over to the other side of the tree so she could try to grasp how huge it was. We were happy as we could be. I found it a little odd that no one else was coming up to our little secluded biology class in session. Then I started to notice people being a little upset with us. My first thought was, “Lay off! If I choose to not wear a stupid mask in the great outdoors, that’s my business!” 😊 But when we came back down to the rest of the crowd, we saw there was a sign on the other side of the walkway that read, “Stay on the sidewalk ONLY. Do not go off the path.” Ooops. Since we were walking the other direction, we didn’t see the sign before we took off on our little adventure into the forest. He-hee. Oh well, we took care of everything and were able to love on nature. I bet that tree will grow better and stronger now that it had some personal attention and love. 😉 I’m sure it was feeling left out.
We are so blessed to have Sally. Jaret parked in a nice RV/bus spot in the park and we were able to open the windows and door to feel the cool breeze. I made sandwiches for us all and we sat in our little home in the middle of the national park and ate our lunch. How great is that?!?! I wish we could have stayed awhile longer. Everything has felt a little rushed because of the Covid. Everyone seems to be on edge and everything is closed. I guess that’s ok though, nothing to buy. No souvenir t-shirts from this trip. Who needs them anyway?
It turns out that driving your house down the road, especially curvy, mountainous ones, is hard work. Jaret is often exhausted. I, being a great wife, told him I wanted to help out with the driving. I figured I better learn to drive Sally in case an emergency ever happened. So I get all psyched up and ready to drive this beast like a boss! Jaret says I drove her maybe 3 miles before he thought I was having a panic attack. Thank the Lord there was an inspection station that required us to pull off. I jumped out of the seat and begged him to take over. The RV was barely in park and I was crawling out of that deadly captain’s seat. Then it just looked like we were guilty of transporting drugs or smuggling citrus up in here. It was a scene! Me, with sweat pouring down my face and trembling like I’m guilty of God only knows what while changing seats. Thankfully they only asked us about firewood and let us on our way. After I calmed down and my brain had stopped envisioning every single possible way that I was going to kill my family while behind the wheel of this crazy beast, I asked Jaret if he would like me to try again. He emphatically said, “No way!” It turns out my list of things I can’t do well just grew by 1. That brings the list to 3. 😉
Hello. My name is Jenny Sullivan. I am a 40-something mother to 4 kiddos (Our oldest 2 are homegrown and our youngest 2 daughters are adopted from Ethiopia and China). I enjoy horses, gardening, and writing. I love to laugh and I hope I can add humor into your day by reading my blogs. I believe God loves to see His children smile. My life is not an easy one, we face challenges of all sorts daily. I hope by blogging, I can share these experiences with you and take you along on this Perfect Adventure with me!