Monday, July 9, 2012

Backpacking on Angel Island

One night at home, then off on another adventure. They were all mad at me for making the reservations; admittedly, it wasn't great planning! But once we were there, it was such fun.

All of the day visitors returned home and we had the island seemingly to ourselves (there were four other campers in other sites, but they were on the other side of the island). Yes, in mid summer, no one else! It was amazing. We arrived in camp at about 3:30 with nothing to do but set up the tent, which takes no time at all. I had packed to the bare-bones, thinking that carried weight would be an issue. It hadn't been, though, and now we had no books, no playing cards, nothing....

Again, I marveled at these kids; undeterred by having no "entertainment," they played hand games, sang, made musical instruments from sticks, put on a play, and danced like crazy. No one around = no need to be quiet. We parents huddled in the tent as the sun went down and the wind picked up and as they danced, G stuck her head in, saw us just sitting, and said, "You are boring!" Yes, but we learn. Later, the girls and I sat at the entrance of the tent, huddled in sleeping bags against the cold, and watched the action on the bay as oil tankers, container ships, tug boats, ferries, sailboats, and more went past and the lights of Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond began to light up, barely visible below the fog layer that covered the East Bay, but not the bay itself. As we sat there, a juvenile raccoon appeared, not five feet from us, charming the girls with its cuteness (this was their first encounter). Later, we heard raccoons trying our food bin in the night.  We woke to thick fog that now covered the bay and the island as well, but it quickly cleared and the views back to the harbor and across to the car were gorgeous.

Fabulous, magical trip!








3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME!! Love it! I miss 'home' so much and sad every day we can't make it back...you two are such wonderful parents. People often don't give children credit for what they can create in their minds, constantly shoving things at them to do. But your daughters have the give of imagination that is priceless and they have you to thank!

Therese said...

You are sweet; thank you for the compliment. I can't really take credit though... every day I give praise to God for who they are. My/our role is just to 1) enjoy/ celebrate them and 2) not mess them up too much!

Anonymous said...

Ha, oh so true....#2 I worry about daily!