Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Camping Extravaganza 2010

Here it is. Our annual fourth of July camping spectacular. This year, we headed way up north to the Redwood State and National parks. It's a nearly 7 hour drive up 101N, pretty close to the Oregon border. So now we can all say that we've driven along the entire length of California on 101, Talinn included.We ambitiously drove out around 8am in the morning. Talinn had a bit of a stuffy nose, so we drugged him and he slept for a couple of hours. He was pretty crabby when we hit some windy path, threw up his grapes, and then settled into much more of a cheerful disposition thereafter.We were greeted at the entrance of Elk Prairie campgrounds by a herd of...elks of course! That one sight alone made up for the 7 hour journey. Since none of us had ever seen these cousins of the Moose, we pulled over by the side of the road to gush and click some pictures. The cops came yelling at us over microphones to keep moving. An experience that Talinn will not forget. Do ask him to imitate the cops when you see him next.The camp sites belonged to the pages of Enid Blyton's enchanted forest. Oh what fun to be a child and let your imagination go wild in here. I was ready to imagine elves and gnomes and toadstool tea parties amidst the dark redwoods and the mysterious nooks of nature. That evening, all the families gathered at the campsites. The kids were already having an incredible time. Talinn, who was a bit under the weather this entire trip, made quite sure he was taken care of. But he didn't want to miss out on any of the fun.The next morning we found paradise. The kids discovered a surprise, private, secret little path at our campsite that led them through a thicket of ferns and opened into a little stream flowing bright and clear. It was incredibly stunning and a thrill of a find for kids and adults. The waters were shallow enough to play without fear and the rocky shores were perfect for devising tons of games. We could have spent all four days right here. But there was tons to do and see. Too many stunning trails to tread and sights to see. Every minute of our trip was packed with adventures.When they were not hiking or kayaking or sleeping, the kids thoroughly enjoyed their time around the camp fire roasting marshmallows, drawing, singing, telling too many knock-knock jokes, watching the blue jays, discussing the mysterious howling sounds of the wild visitor from the previous night (it was a fox said the ranger), and very very intently listening to Nagesh uncle's highly riveting John Major stories. Gotta bribe him to tell some more!
And of course, many many hours of playing at their little paradise camp site stream!

1 comment:

kamu said...

Kavita,

Camping trip seems to have been one GREAT ADventure.

I felt as though you all were shooting for the national Geographical channel.
The t shirts Talinn was wearing matched the theme.

He sure is having blast.
We could do none of these when our kids were young.

God bless both of you.

athayya