Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Brody's First Camping Trip

This weekend we took Brody and the dogs to Big Basin Red Wood State Park. It is about 30 miles east of Santa Cruz. It was beautiful. The weather forcast predicted high 70's and low 80's. What I didn't factor in was lots of shade, breeze and cold nights! We had a tent cabin that was half wood half canvas. It had a wood burning stove which helped but camping with an infant is a lot of work. Especially in the fall!

We had a great time and I think Brody enjoyed it too. He loved his kelty backpack and I also think he loved sleeping between his mom and dad. Well, at least for the first night. The second and third night I kicked Drew to the other bed because I was afraid Brody would get stuck between our sleeping bags.

California is also not very dog friendly. There was only one trail we could take the dogs on and they had to stay on leash. But it was still beautiful. We made breakfast ever morning and cooked up stakes and brauts at night. Brody ate some beef and macaroni concaucsion and all was good.

Brody is a trooper but by Monday morning he wanted nothing more to do with the tent cabin or the sleeping bag. I don't think he understood why his parents would chose to be cold and stay in the same room for 3 days. But he will learn!

Needless to say I think the neighbors camping next to us were glad when we pulled away at 9am.

Oh, and the first night we were there Drew almost blew us up. He bought a lighter at the ranger station. After we started the fire in the wood burning stove he couldn't find the lighter. After a loud explosion and small fire we found the lighter. It was on the stove. Thats my little army ranger!