Our Family Camping Trip in a Few Lines

Our Family Camping Trip in a Few Lines

We were driving home after an incredible time camping at Klamath and Crater Lakes in Oregon and then at the Redwoods.  It was our first bionafied family camping trip and it’d been all we hoped for and more.  Long drive home and of course there came a point where one of us asked the question.  I can’t remember if it was me asking my wife or vice versa but it doesn’t really matter.  The answer we came to was the same. The question was something like…. What were the highlights? What will you remember? What’d you love about this trip? Here’s our family camping trip…. in a few lines Lunch at The Oney Frosty in Big Valley, California.  One thing we loved about the drive from Tahoe to Klamath Lake was that instead of being on a freeway we were on more minor  highways and actually cutting through towns. When we passed through Big Valley we saw The Oney Frosty.  We passed it, but determined it was U-Turn Worthy.  Funny how after everything we’d see on our trip a little stop like this would serve as a bookend.  But the stop was totally Americana.  Check out The Oney Frosty on Facebook.  And if you’re in the neighborhood stop in! Setting up camp at Rocky Point, Klamath Lake.  We settled into our home for the next few days, figured out dinner, and got a campfire going. Family Canoe trip through the waterways of Klamath Lake.  There are extensive marshes and waterways that lead into Klamath Lake.  A canoe is the quintessential way to explore them.  The kids had a great...
Our best attempt at capturing the Redwood Forest through photography

Our best attempt at capturing the Redwood Forest through photography

Photographing the Redwoods is a Catch-22. They’re so magnificent that it’s like cheating. But how do you capture these things?  They’re huge. We’d been snapping pictures over the course of our few days camping at Jedediah Smith State Park but the last morning we were there I woke up early and snuck off by myself for some dedicated time just taking pictures. I was inspired by the beauty and majesty of the Redwoods but felt a little overwhelmed by my task at hand.  On my way back to our campsite I ran into a photographer–a real one–and asked him “how do you capture these things.” He gave me some tips but in the end just settled on, “it’s really difficult.” Here’s the best of what we got in the Redwood State and National Forests. It was a short hike, but… It was a short hike, but as parents who love to hike–and are talking about joining other families to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail next summer–we were really encouraged by the SUCCESS of our short family hike in the Redwoods.  The kids did great!  They ran laps around us on the trail. Their reward? Time in the water! We were expecting BIG trees… BUT… One of the things that surprised us about the Redwoods was the incredible bounty of plant-life.  It’s like a rainforest.  The old Redwoods are huge.  They’re magnificent.  But it was this rainforest like feel that really captured us. When you put PEOPLE in the PICTURES you start to get a sense of SCALE….   That’s the Redwoods! If you like our posts, like us on Facebook and...
I took a digital hiatus… and the world kept turning

I took a digital hiatus… and the world kept turning

I have a confession to make.  I spend too much time checking my email, Twitter, and Facebook.  It’s a trap.  I mean it’s related to my work.  I’m connecting with people, right?  I’m engaging.  I’m part of a community.  I’m expecting an email from someone–I need to check my email to see if they’ve responded.  Right now.  And right now.  And right now.  Oh, here comes an email.  Oh, it’s just an alert from Facebook that my mom likes my status. There’s something about being connected to nature and disconnected from gadgets. On our recent camping trip we were sort of off the grid.  Forget access to the internet.  We didn’t have cell coverage.  On our campsite at Rocky Point on Klamath Lake we had some cell coverage.  There was WiFi at the campgrounds but it did not reach our site.  For a few minutes in the mornings and a little while longer in the evenings either my wife or I would go to a spot where we got a decent connection and we’d work on the blog. That was actually a nice, gradual step.  I’m not sure I could have handled cold turkey. At Klamath Lake we had quite limited internet access. But our road ahead was dark. We were going off the grid. From Klamath Lake we headed north to Crater Lake.  Only for solitary moments did we have any coverage at all.  From Crater Lake we headed west.  And then we were really off the grid.  Hours and hours without coverage. I don’t own a map. I have at atlas at home.  Looking through that atlas...

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