Saturday, November 15, 2008

National Veteran's Shrine

"Grant Grove houses the General Grant Tree, which is the Nation's Christmas Tree and our only living national shrine, commemorating those Americans who lost their lives in war." - Grant Grove Visitor Center

Veteran's Day is always one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. #1 because we enjoy remembering those who have served and continue to serve our country and #2 (shamelessly) we love having a day off in the middle of the week!

So for our day off we decided to take the kids up to Grant Grove and enjoy the natural splendor of the largest sequoia grove in the world. The weather has been nice so we didn't prepare for the chill that awaited us at the higher elevation. The high for the day before was a mere 36 degrees! 4 of us were in shorts - hello?! What were we thinking? It rained here last weekend so obviously (we should have realized this small fact, but sadly did not) it would have snowed up there as well. Needless to say we were surprised to find snow on the ground where we planned on seeing dirt and wildflowers.

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Other sightseers gawked at our truck full of bicycles and surely thought we were loony-bins for bringing them up to the snow. That did not deter our efforts - no, no. After our little "hike" and picnic we busted out the helmets, trikes, bicycle trailers and mountain bikes for a lovely ride in the parking lot!

Here's a short slideshow of our fun outing. My favorites are of Lizzie's many faces. Enjoy!

What did you and your family do to celebrate Veteran's Day?

2 comments:

Melody said...

Marcos and I were totally planning on going there on our Tuesday off also! That would have been funny. We want to go soon...it looks like fun. :)

Laura Keith said...

What a cool idea! How fun too! We went to the Marysville Veteren's Day Parade. Wow. Small town, hick, and my boys loved every minute of it. Whatever makes them happy! BTW, I tagged you in my blog... check it out.