Our First Summer Vacation

I am here to say that we all survived our first summer vacation.   *Glamping away in our brand new camper that slept all 6 of us comfortably but by the end of 2 weeks I did realize how much I appreciate the square footage of my house when placed in a tiny space with all of us.

*glamping. n. 1. a form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday

We went to the northern coast of California again this year and stayed in a little bayside town called Trinidad. Trinidad California I believe the population to be around 600 people…Wikipedia has it listed under 400 back in 2014.  If you include the population of freeloaders it’s probably a lot more.

We had one who climbed over the fence from the freeway, made her way through thick brush, and stopped to ask my husband for a cigarette.  She had been collecting butts of cigarettes, smoked by other people, all morning, apparently.  *shrivels at the thought*  She was sneaking in to use the shower facilities although it looked as though she hadn’t showered or brushed her teeth for quite some time.

She was about 20 something and I am guessing a heroine addict.

The campground we took over occupied for the majority of our trip was called The Emerald Forest.  I will be writing a review about the place in the near future.

The best part about staying there were the people who we camped with at the beginning of our stay.  They were from Redding, CA and were vacationing for the Father’s Day weekend.  They had kids who were our kids ages and taught 2 of my 3 littles to ride bikes without training wheels in literally a day.  Not to mention by the time nightfall rolled around all I had to do was put the 3 littles in their beds and they were out within minutes.

Campfire, cocktail, and shenanigan time!!!

Shenanigans included:

  • Pouring water in chairs without each other knowing
  • Poking each other with hot sticks
  • Roasting each other with witty comments
  • Karate chopping sticks
  • Laughing hysterically
  • Staying up way too late and probably disturbing other campers by breaking the quiet after 10pm rule

The following is a video of my teenage monster M after I had poured water in his seat and he sat in it…he pouted and went to bed.

The best part about the northwest coast of the US is that you can hike in the forest in the mornings and lay on the beach in the afternoons.  The average temperature during our stay was around 65*F.  The ocean water was super cold but the kids didn’t seem to mind as they still went in it.  As for me and the hubby, we just enjoyed watching them from the shore.

Below was the cove that we spent the majority of our beach time in…

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The first days hike was an easy one.  Trail was good and it was a little over 3 miles round trip.  But the next day was a lot rougher terrain and about 7 miles round trip.  I don’t care what my husband wants to argue about that.  My fitbit said so…

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When we started I was at around 1,000 steps and just under a mile logged.  The scenery was breathtaking though.  Or maybe that was just me out of breath and realizing that I need to get myself back to the gym.  On the other hand, my 4, 5 , and 6 year old were champs!  No strollers or carrying packs needed.

I will be posting more about our fabulous vacation so make sure you stay tuned!

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~Trees Of Mystery Adventure~

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This place is AMAZING!  It’s inexpensive(around $50 for the 6 of us), beautiful, and a great little hike for all members of the family.  My 3 year old did it with no problem.   It’s nestled in the Redwoods National Forest in California about 10 miles south of Crescent City.  The name is Trees Of Mystery and you can click the link to get more information about the place.

When you pull into the parking lot the first thing you see is the huge Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox.

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Paul Bunyan speaks to you and makes jokes.  We never did locate where the person was watching from…they are very good at hiding it.  The kids of course thought it was really this large statue talking to them and got a total kick out of it.

Once inside it’s a trail just full of redwoods and the beauty of nature.  They have little signs with descriptions of certain trees and even a sky tram that takes you above the trees and up to the top of a wonderful lookout.

Here is a picture of 2 of the 4 kids on the boot of Paul Bunyan and my husband trying to get up there with no success.

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Some people have chosen this wonderful place to “tie the knot”

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There is a section with all these little wooden plaques listing all the couples who have given their life away gotten married here.  Love this idea!

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This is the “Brotherhood Tree” If you click the link it shows a video on how they measured the tree.  It’s huge!  And I love what the sign represents.

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Once you have come to this part of the trail you have the option to ride the sky tram.  Of course everyone wanted to do this.  Except for a gentleman who said he didn’t trust anything that didn’t have screws to connect it to the cable.  My kids didn’t skip a beat and were all thrilled to get in the little cable car.

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We went around 10am and it wasn’t busy at all.  But as we were leaving it was starting to get pretty packed.  Therefore, I am glad we went earlier.  It was a beautiful, almost cool morning so it made for good exercise.  The picture of the view above really doesn’t give it justice.  The whole Redwood Forest is just breath taking!

Below are a couple of facts.  These signs are all throughout the hike and it’s very interesting to learn more about the redwood forest and it’s history.

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If you are ever visiting the Northern California coast, I highly recommend stopping in and having a hike through this place.  We plan to return again someday.

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