The run through Sequoia National Park, like Kings Canyon National Park to which it is attached, served up some of the most beautiful mountain scenery of all of the parks to date. And while Kings Canyon provided many, many more water crossings, Sequoia provided several truly dangerous ones.

I was lucky to be joined for a little over half of the marathon by my now new friend Nick Danielson who is a strong ultrarunner and a professional photographer (IG: @nickmdanielson). He took the best action photos of me at any park. They are on

Watch this video for our ramble out to Bearpaw Camp and through a grove of giant trees. Pay attention to Nick. He emotes total joy to be outside and running. We all need more of that in our lives. #runningtheparks