Monday, August 22, 2011

Camping in the Redwoods

Being in the redwoods always brings back my absolute best memories of my own childhood - playing endlessly amongst giant Coast Redwoods, picking blackberries, huckleberries, and more, and just playing, playing, playing all day. It was wonderful to go to the redwoods with friends and recreate memories for our own girls, albiet in a slightly different forest (same riparian habitat, but gloriously close to home). Having Daddy and Big D along too made it a very special weekend.

Preparing for a treasure hunt. Banana slugs? Tanoak leaf? Huckleberry? Mammal track? Check, check, and double check!

Mini-microscopes were made for admiring spore clusters on the backs of ferns.
Our destination: Tiptoe Falls. No Yosemite falls, but lovely.
How many daughters can you stack to make a Redwood?

Jacki gives new meaning to the concept of an "Iron Chef." (Iron Chef Outdoors - that THAT would be a reality show!) She is an amazingly awesome cook, preparing gourmet meals for a hungry crowd. Blueberry banana pancakes, anyone?

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