Showing posts with label outdoorsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoorsy. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area

The highlight of the boys' trip was visiting the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area in the Sierras. We went backpacking there as a family three years ago. The monkeys fondly remember it as "mountain hiking."

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They are using the same backpacks that we bought for the original trip, only they fit a lot better now! Satchel did report that they seemed just as heavy though!

Dinkey Lakes is beautiful. Warren used to work at the campground as a Forest Ranger and spent most of his time off hanging out in the wilderness area. He has a special spot on one of the peaks where we always stay. (I went once with him before we had kids.)

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Lots of exploring, swimming, and fishing to be done.

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Look closely and you'll see Warren and Jiro out in the middle.

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And there are lots of surprises too...

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As I mentioned, Warren loves cooking at camp. He already recreated the Spam nori rolls they tried in Portland.

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And they caught fresh trout for dinner another night.

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However, it was the promise of In-n-Out Burger that got the monkeys to manage the hike out in record time (Their placentas may or may not be buried by that small shrub.)

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Satchel ordered his entire lunch off of the secret menu--mustard grilled burger, cheese fries, and a root beer float!

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

On the Road (Still!)

So we left off with the boys heading towards Seattle. Their first stop--Bruce Lee's grave!

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Warren has a thing about visiting famous graves. Glad he got to see this one!

Next, the boys hit the Pike Street Market, where Satchel insisted on purchasing a dungeness crab.

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And of course they visited Bubble Gum Alley. Yes, that is chewed gum stuck to the walls.

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I actually think it's awesome. It would never work in Memphis because of the heat! (They went back later with their own chewed bits to add.)

They finished off their big day in the city with some Vietnamese food. That's always Warren's go to comfort food.

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They slept in a hotel for only the second time in two weeks then hit the road to Portland. I insisted that Warren take the boys to Voodoo Doughnuts and tell me all about it. As an added bonus, they also had lunch at a food truck pod. I was terribly jealous, but they sent me lots and lots of updates so I felt like I was there with them.

After lunch and doughnuts they drove down the Oregon coast. When they stoped for the night, Satchel tackled his crab.

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Obviously that last one is staged, but I think the fact that the sun has set gives you a good idea of how long it took him to eat it! Warren said he helped and there was still a whole leg left. I love that Satchel loves crabs. When I was little, my uncle used to have giant crates of blue crabs shipped in from New Orleans. We'd spend hours around the table eating them. I loved it.

Anyways, that night they camped on the beach at Oregon Dunes Park. See the tent?

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Jiro confirmed that Voodoo doughnuts taste almost as good the next day. Based on this photo, I can only assume Satchel was eating pickles for breakfast.

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They continued down the coast checking out tide pools and what not. Looks beautiful.

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Dad of the year.

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I LOVE this picture of Satchel. Look at my baby!!

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They made it to California and camped in the Redwoods. Warren didn't send any pictures of the campground or redwoods, but he sent these fun ones from the road.

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They made it to Warren's brother's house in Folsom that night, where they had a couple of days of RNR.

Plenty more to come...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On the Road

As a reward for surviving the school year, Warren and the boys set off on an epic road trip almost two weeks ago. Here are some highlights thus far...

All packed and ready to go!
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First stop, Oklahoma.
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Their plan is to camp as much as possible.
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Didn't take long for Satchel embrace his inner savage.
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Next stop--Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
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After three days they went to Arches National Park in Utah.
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They broke the record for longest time without a bath. Still super cute though.
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As you can see, there was lots of clowning around.
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And a little destruction.
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They loved it.
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After 8 days on the road, they decided to get a hotel in Boise to wash up, do some laundry, watch TV, shop, and go to the movies.
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Then it was up to Mt. St. Helen's.
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They did some back country camping. Here the monkeys are filtering water.
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Yes, snow.
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It looks like Satch is helping with the cooking, but he's probably just getting seconds.
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Next stop was Mt. Ranier. Pretty sure Jiro has grown a foot since he left!
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Pretty fun stuff.
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This is Warren's favorite place to cook.
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I miss my guys something terrible, but it's hard to be sad when I see how much fun they are having.
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Next stop...somewhere outside Seattle and then down to Oregon and California!
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