Thursday, March 8, 2012

alone, together

one day in march.....
after our drive down the coast
the road began to wind, and the sky began to darken. 
and darken. 
and darken.
the forrest grew thicker, the sky seemed further away. 
and then, the sky was gone.
we pulled in to our campsite, and turned the off the car lights. 
no light for our eyes to adjust to. 
the moon hid behind clouds, the giant trees has swallowed any sight of stars. 
the trees were drip dropping down on to us, still full from the previous day's rain.
we laughed. 
where were we?
with lights, we made our way to our tiny cabin and began to set up. 
a fire. 
a giant sleeping bag. 
s'mores ingredients (of course).
we stayed cozy as outside temperatures dropped.
just us, alone, in our little home for the night.

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We woke to birds, and the sound of the trees still raining on our roof.
Oatmeal on the stove,
packing for the day.
Since the last time we were among giants
I have had the pull to go back to one of the many redwood forrests scattered along the California coast, and run. 
and run and run. 
run though these giant creatures that I fell in love with last summer.
So we did. 
With our lunch and cameras packed, 
we set off.
down down down. 
A quick descent, 
stopping for photos, 
and to our delight, a few climbs over recently fallen trees. 
and it was just us. 
we met a few other hikers, but we were alone for the most of our afternoon.
it became our playground. 
Running over tress. Under trees. Through trees! 
Have you ever ran literally THROUGH a tree?! 
We stopped for lunch at Berry Creek Falls.
This was followed by a series of water falls and natural water slides.....I felt like we were in an enchanted forrest. 
I think we were.
And then began our long (sloooooow) climb back up. 
4600 feet of elevation gain in our 11-mile loop. 
Our legs were on FIRE.
and I wish I could do it again right now. 
There is no feeling like running in a forrest so thick that you have no idea what's around 
the next bend. 
I highly recommend it.

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all photos taken in Big Basin State Park in California
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How To
*We had known we wanted to camp this trip, but didn't want to have to bring our tent from hundreds of miles away, set it up in the dark, and only use if for a few hours--so finding these tent cabins was perfect for us this time. I think they would be a great way to try out camping--test the waters if you're unsure about it. Each cabin has two "beds" (basically the most uncomfortable "matress" you've ever slept on--but hey, you're camping!), a wood stove and a table. 
If you find yourself in the Big Basin area, check them out (here). 
We can't wait to take the kids back.
If you are in other parts of the country, I have found that there are similar options all over.
Bring your food, a pot/bowl/mug, lights, sleeping bags and your board games!

*We found the perfect "lunch" for an afternoon spent running was high calorie fruit and nut bars, (I love ProBars), mixed nuts, jerky, and lots and lots of water. Easy to pack, lightweight--both in our packs and our tummies, lots of energy.


Kirstin said...

Wow, what a complete dream. Wish I could be there now! Beautiful photos.

Kaitlyn Luce said...

I wish I was there right now! So so beautiful.

in dreams said...

those stone steps have pretty much stolen my heart. and those trees! :) i love the idea of camping, but i'm not well-versed enough to do the tent-on-ground thing. perhaps these cabins are a better idea!

Ashley said...

4600??? Ahhhh! Legs on fire is right! Lovely lovely photos, and I always enjoy your way of storytelling. :)

kassidi bridge said...

Wow, how gorgeous. Dreaming of going there! By the way, your long hair is awesome.

Lisa said...

Amazing pictures. You look so small compared to those giants.

Hayley said...

i'm sold.

we are moving to nor cal.

Unknown said...

ahh i love this area but have not been back since my teenage days. seriously this is amazing. i will be the first to say that i am not a huge camper (whats wrong with me right) but you just convinced me by these pictures. seriously running through the forest kid free??! (i love my kids but they are too tiny to run!). such a fun trip im sure.

Rachelle said...

this totally reminds me of our days without kids. kelly and i use to do a lot of trail running when we lived in rexburg! i miss that. looks like a fun time!!

downshift said...

I want to go to there.
: )

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I agree about running through trees. We hike and run at about 9200 feet (our local area) and it's amazing. However, our area is nowhere near as green and lush as the redwoods. I've missed them!

Nina - Living In said...

Wow, thanks for sharing those amazing photos. I really love and miss the forrest - here in New Zealand we have plenty of native bush but I do miss walking through giant trees. Having kids makes you appreciate those precious moments just alone with your partner doing the stuff you did in your "old life". I am so pleased I found your blog by the way. Cheers Nina

cara lou said...

Oh!! I want to do this do badly!!! It's on my list...

Love the photos. Mmm...redwoods...

Darcee said...

I have lived just over an hours drive from there since July 2010. It's been on my list of places to take the littles in my life. I had no idea they had those cool little cabin tents. I love to camp, my kids have only been once. It's a little overwhelming thinking of me and 3 kids camping alone (single mom, kids aged 7, 9, 13). We could totally do this. Thanks for making me move this to the top of the list, looking into taking them soonish:)

Lula. said...

Such pretty pictures!
You look darling and your hair is getting so long!

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Anonymous said...

Yep it would have been pretty darn near impossible to get those great shots with a phone camera, NOW I see why you said you lugged the big glass along. Great post, awesome blog. Thanks for sharing.