So with our all our camping gear packed, we headed off to the Redwood National Forest Thursday afternoon. We camped that night and the next morning we loaded everybody up and headed deep into the forest to do some exploring. We had a great day walking trails through the woods. The children loved climbing and exploring these magnificence trees. There are amazing to look at. And to think that some of these tress were around when Jesus was born is pretty amazing!
After we were wore out from our Redwoods Exploration, we headed back to camp for “Hobo Stew”. This is a favorite camp meal of our children. You take carrots, onions, potatoes and sausage and wrap it in foil. Then it is baked on hot coals in your campfire.
Tummies full of Hobo Stew, we headed to the beach for low tide. Now keep in mind we are in northern California. So “beach” really means lots and lots of rocks. Not a safe place to swim. But the children were not to disappointed. A storm was blowing in off the ocean and it was very cold and foggy. We toured the Light house. Very interesting! Then we headed back to camp again for some grilled cheese sandwiches.
The weather was not looking so promising, but the camp “lady in charge” assured us there was no rain to worry about. Here is where we should have gone with our gut feelings. But I think we were hoping she was right since we still had 3 more nights of camping to do.
We awoke Saturday morning to the sound of raindrops on our tents. Only a few, so we made breakfast and started cleaning up. I guess God was thinking we needed some help washing those dishes, because he sent the rains down. It began to pour. It didn’t take but a few minutes for Eric and I to realize that by the evening, the children’s tents (not very waterproof) would be soaking wet. So, we loaded up children, tore down tents, and pretty much just shoved everything in the back of the van. We were completely drenched by the time we were done. The children were all sad that we were leaving early, and Eric and I were not in the best of moods from being cold and wet.
So note to self, when the forecast calls for rain, and you are planning a camping trip with 6 little children, believe what they say and stay home and camp out in the basement!
Gabe is taking after Josh and loves to have a stick in his hand
The children balancing on a downed Redwood
We saw lots of these banana slugs in the Redwoods
Rippled grain in a fallen Redwood
A dead Redwood
The children climbing on a tree stump
The boys working with Josh on walking
Gabe learning how to count the rings from Eric
Gabe 11 months
This great guy I love!
Joshua inside a redwood
I’ll post pictures of the ocean in the next day or so. ~Cheryl