This past weekend I went camping with the family at Memorial State Park. It was my birthday weekend, and this is sort of a tradition that we have established. Every additional child we have had has increased the logistical and parental load on us and we are looking forward to the days where the children are a little more self-sufficient.
Anyways, on saturday afternoon I was allowed to go for a run during the children's supposed nap time. So off I went into Pescadero Creek Park(next door). I enjoyed some solitude(it is sometimes tough to understand the word "solitude" until you have four children and are allowed some time by yourself). Here are some views I got to enjoy:
|Meadow in Pescadero|
|Cool view through the trees|
|Would you go?|
|Oh yeah, it just got better!|
|Views from "secret" trail.|
|I came back on a trail that merges on the right side of this picture.|
I hit a dead end and ended up coming back on the trail after I enjoyed some pretty views. As I was descending I must have taken a different trail because I started to realize that I was flying through fresh spider webs, which is weird, because you would think I would have already cleared these things out on my way up. I then merged back onto the main trail and realized that I had somehow gone on yet another secret trail. I didn't even notice the trail on the right side of the picture above on the way up the ridge. This just proves how easy it is to get lost on the trails...
|Coming back across the road I was faced with three options.|
When I crossed back over the street again I had three trails to pick from:
- The trail on the left was the one I came in on,
- The trail in the middle looks like it contours the hill.
- The trail to the right goes straight up the hill.
So of course I pick the one that goes straight up the hill. Within 200 ft I come upon a really neat campsite with firepit and all...
|Option 3 yielded a secluded campground.|
|From secluded campground, there was a nice little trail that led to a cliff with this view.|
|Found this hole, with waterfall, to cool off in and wash stuff off.|
On a separate note, as a family we went on a little hike to mt. ellen and back to camp. As we were descending I let Seth out of the pack and let him show his stuff off. You might think this is funny, impressive, or really messed up, depending on your parenting style, but check out this guy who is almost two, fly down the trails. Keep in mind that he is one month shy of his second birthday...
So that is that.