Friday, September 15, 2006

Redwoods, Wild Elk and CA Campin'

It had been awhile (and many pounds) since my last camping trip - it was due time for me to saddle into the sleeping bag and prepare for campfire cooking. The only real issue I faced - well, the only two issues I faced were 1) frequent bathroom needs 2) extra weight causing discomfort during sleep - mother earth does not provide quite the same support as my padded bed!

We had a total blast though! Our good friends, Pete and Heather, and their 7-month old little lady, Lena, took a road trip down Hwy 1 from the Seattle, WA area (Mukilteo) to the top of California and into Redwood land - at Orick, CA. Connor and I drove up from San Jose and met them at the Redwoods National Park. It was absolutley gorgeous! The park was positioned right on the coast of the pacific and right in the heart of redwood territory. We saw herds of wild elk (in their mating season, I might add), wild quail, and of course the mammoth Redwood beauties. It was definitely a trip to remember!

Pete, Heather and Lena camped in the lap of luxury! Their VW Bus! It is awesome - very cozy and perfect for roadtrips. We took hikes during the day, roasted mellows and chatted about well, babies mostly - but since it is a very relevant topic for both of us, it was a fantastic time ...and a great learning experience for me, I might add.

Their little girl has the most addictive personality - her whole face lights right up when she sees you - she is just full of joy. We missed her when we left! The whole trip was just a blast, and we hope to be able to make it up the coast to see those guys again soon...maybe with our little dood.

I highly recommend a roadtrip along Hwy 1 at least once in a person's lifetime - it is a westcoast experience you will not forget!

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