(Our Family at the Campsite)
So I'm just now sitting down and looking over some of the photos from our family vacation from a few weeks ago. Our family is a bit of an outdoorsy lot, partly because it's awesome outdoors, but also because it's a good way to have great fun with little cost. We hadn't realized it in our busyness, but we hadn't taken a "just our family" vacation this summer and it was almost over. So we packed up our little car and took off on a quick trip up north.
(Some Really Tall Trees)
Our first stop was Big Basin State Park, in the hills above Santa Cruz, California. We had never been here as a family before. What a delightful surprise. A quaint little park nestled in the redwoods. Nice facilities and a friendly staff. We camped here for two nights. The highlight of the camp was a short 10.5 mile loop we hiked where we got to see three nifty waterfalls.
(Berry Creek Falls)
Jonathan's goal was to spot a banana slug, a rather unusual creature, I would say - about the size of an adult male foot. I thought we wouldn't see too many as it was dry out, but Johnny found 47 by his count.
(Banana Slug - Can you believe this is the official mascot of University California, Santa Cruz?)
He wasn't quite counting on the copious amounts of slime left on his hands after picking them up, but he didn't seem to mind.
What a beautiful park, being a history teacher, I'm ashamed to admit, I was wholly unaware that it was California's first state park, started back in 1902!
(Scene Along the Trail)
Anyone else have summer trip highlights they'd like to share?