Getting Away

Any guesses where I’ve been?

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This was supposed to be a year without a vacation. Suffice it to say, life has taken some twists and turns, some pleasant, and some challenging.

On the bright side, some of these challenges resulted in a trip to Redwood National and State Parks in northern California.

I had all sorts of pithy writing topics jotted down to blog about after our return.  Unfortunately, the effort of not destroying my children after spending over twenty-four hours in a van with them has left my intelligence at low ebb.*

INSTEAD, I thought I’d share some of the lovely photos my husband took on our journey. Maybe they’ll provide someone with some writing inspiration as my brain re-charges.

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First, we must get the quintessential Redwood cheesy tourist picture out of the way.

I wasn’t so much impressed at the girth of the tree, but that the tree was still alive. The damage that these beauties- the tallest living things on Earth- can take is astonishing.

I was also impressed that our rental made it through safely. Maybe grateful is a better word, as we weren’t planning to have to rent a vehicle. The person who decided to steal our back tires and rims the night before we were to go changed our mind. Sigh….

Back to beautiful nature.

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IMG_9474The kids had a good time looking for Ewoks in the forest. They were unsuccessful-those little fuzzballs are stealthy!

Still, they enjoyed the flowers and tree tunnels and trails through the warm, damp forest.

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And they laughed and cheered as they ran over plank bridges under hanging walls of millions of dripping green ferns.

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As far as they were concerned, the only downside was that all of the beautiful nature kept us away from the playground at the old school house we stayed in. (Nope, I did NOT make that up.) IMG_9447

It had been converted into a rental, large enough for our family, with the bonus of a playground and gym. Peaceful evenings on the swing set, watching the local horses and the doe and two fawns who joined their grazing every night, closed each day.

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I tried to ignore the fact that an abandoned school house sounded like a perfect setting for a horror story. Especially since the little history that the owners left us said that it was built on native sacred ground. And it had a moose head hanging just above our bed… Evil Dead, anybody? Sometimes an overactive imagination is a bad thing!

Thankfully the children didn’t have any similar worries- they kept asking when we could stay there again.

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Our time in Redwood went too quickly- here’s hoping we can hold on to some of the peace of that wood as we ease our way back into the day-to-day grind.

And, here’s hoping you’re finding your own beautiful, peaceful places to enjoy this summer!

* I exaggerate. The kids did quite well, considering the distance. 🙂

 

 

5 Replies to “Getting Away”

  1. We drove through that same tree a little more than four years ago! The Redwoods have this magical way of regrounding us 🙂 I, too, jot down ideas for blog posts constantly. Retreats heal so many parts of us, yet why are they so hard to prioritize? Sounds like a beautiful experience!

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  2. What a curious rental, but how smart! A small school could become an excellent rental for a large family, or a cluster of families. Neat! And those shots are gorgeous–my compliments to your husband. Setting the kids to search for Ewoks was a stroke of genius! xxxxxxx

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