Colby and Alex came to visit. They planned on staying 4 days and ended up staying a week, which was of course, awesome. We love having them both around. The first few days they were here we spent camping at Henry Cowell park. We somehow ended up with the ONLY sunny spot in the whole campground (site #38 is not a winner), but it got shady around 4ish. We set up and hung out at our site. We decided that playing Sushi Go would be good. So, we played...8 times. Alex won once and I won 7 times. Colby wanted to keep playing until he won so we decided we would continue the next day. We made some dinner and went for a nature hike to the observation deck where we were informed that we were actually at the Santa Cruz sand hills. It is the only place that they know of where the bottom of the ocean pushed itself into mountains. It still maintains a unique habitat that is not like any other. The campsite is actually not in the redwoods, but in the sand hill area.
|Inside a Redwood tree.|
The next morning we cleaned everything up and headed home. Before we really left though, we headed to the other side of Henry Cowell Redwood state park and actually experienced the Redwoods. It has a lovely loop and a watering hole (lots, but we only stopped at one- though I did promise the kids we would come back and do more hiking some other time in their suits so we could cross all the water). We all enjoyed this area very much and had a picnic lunch under the trees by the water. Alex found a very suspicious looking caterpillar that entertained everyone. We didn't have any utensils, so eating an avocado was quite interesting...
Colb and Alex stayed the rest of the week: hanging out and watching a Harry Potter marathon (they are going to stop back in while we are on our trip in order to squeeze the last one in on their way back to Portland). It was so great to have them around!!! We love you both!