Yes, it's true, unbelievable but true. My dear friend Stitch has converted me from a strictly motel-camping gal to one who enjoys sleeping under the stars with little creatures about...
The day unfolds like any other Sunday, we go to church and come home but then the day changes...Instead of hanging around the house we (DH, DD3 and I) pack up our meager camping gear: One sleeping bag, two quilts, three lanterns, oh and the ice chest, a tent and lots of food! We set out in the truck, pull over once to adjust the stuff in back. After a very, windy and narrow drive of about 7.5 minutes we arrive at our destination. Paul, our check-in ranger, was very helpful and sent us to camp site #35....Lovely site, not too close to anyone, close enough but not too close, to the bathroom, trees and sun. Very, very peaceful and nice. We unload and laugh at how we look with our grocery sacks and quilts...totally non-campers...glad no one is watching us.
We figure traffic is bad for Stitch and her family (they had to drive a bit further than 7.5 minutes to camp...LOL). We left them a note that we went for a hike and to please help themselves to whatever they would like.
We had a nice walk up to the observation deck that overlooked the canyon and down towards the ocean. It was a clear day and we could see the beaches of Capitola and Aptos...beautiful!!! (Karla, we took pictures! )
After our hike we came back to the campsite to find Stitch and her DH and DD...they asked how many bananas we had left on the table...Apparently the sign we left for them was read by a squirrel who, to the amusement of Stitch and her family, ran off with a whole banana up a tree! The remaining bananas had little "squirrel teeth bites" and the other squirrels found the french bread and helped themselves to the end of the loaf!
Stitch's DH got the smoker set up right away and put the meat in for our dinner. We spent the afternoon setting up and eating and visiting and eating and laughing and eating and, well, you get the idea. The little girls worked out some skits for us and performed them with benefit of latern'lit stage during our fabulous dinner!! They were darling and really entertained us well! We think the entire campground enjoyed their singing! Stitch's DH made the best tritip...oh my goodness...my DH is in love! We had a real feast. It was getting dark so Stitch and I got the dishes and table all cleaned up before we couldn't see anymore.
We sat around the campfire, told some fun stories, ate s'mores (they really are best done over an open campfire), watched another skit or two by the girls and called it a night.
This morning DH and I were up around 6:00, heard an owl "hooting", started up the campfire and the coffee. DD3 got up and she went for a hike with DH. I sat by the fire, reading my book, listening to the forest wake up, drank my nice hot coffee...ah...pure bliss.
When Stitch and her family got up we (actually the men and the little girls) started breakfast. We had a spectacular breakfast of bacon, sausage, Mike's eggs, toast and jam, fruit, and more campfire coffee. yummmm Then the girls wanted to go on a hike along the "secret trail" that DD3 had found the day before, so the dads took them and Stitch and I stayed back and had a wonderful uninterrupted visit! We decided that Karla would do fine and she would love it here with us...we will make sure she has a super-comfy airbed of course...
The dads and girls were back and it was time to pack up....
One day was not enough...we needed another night!
So, if any of you hear of some great sales on camping gear, please let me know...I'm in the market for some stuff! LOL