Well,

We went camping this weekend up at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It was a fun time. My parents will know exactly where Nora and Molly get the “climb on Everything” gene from. We hadn’t even unpacked the car yet and the girls were up on a tree.

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Having to make reservations, paying $35 a night for a tent site, and being amongst a lot of other people isn’t what I think camping should be. However, it’s the cost of living here in California. Which, truth be told, is one of the best places for the kids that we’ve ever lived, and we’ve been around a bit. That said, Big Basin was a really beautiful area. Being up amongst the redwoods is pretty neat. The forest giants can be anywhere from 1000 to 2000 years old. Older than most of the castles we visited in Scotland.

What’s really strange is how much being up in the Redwoods reminded me of Scotland. The look and feel of things was eerily similar to some of the areas we wandered around in half a world away.

It’s interesting to watch Molly and Nora interact. It took Nora to lead across this log bridge (15 foot drop onto a rocky stream). She went across on hands and knee’s to make sure it was doable, but there was Molly 5 feet behind, walking upright. A “if you can do it I can do it better” smirk.

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We took two tents with us. One for the girls and one for us. Notice, Megan “The Teenager” didn’t go with us.

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We had a pretty good time. We’re definitely planning on going again. Next time we’ll take an air matress to sleep on. Sleeping on the ground was a little bit too hard on Roberta.  Here’s a couple of shots from around the area.

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One of the roads throught the campground area.

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Here’s the creek behind our tent site.

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