Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Coast trip part 2

The area that we visited has a series of three lakes, two that are large and one that is small. I know the area very well because I explored it every day for several Summers.

When I was ten or eleven my dad moved to the coast and opened a windsurfing shop. During the Summer months I would go there and live with him.

I can remember helping him set up for lessons on the lake shore. While he was giving instructions on how to tack I would be whipping around the lake on my board.

It was any childs dream, spending the Summer on the beach and lakes.

Some days I spent riding my bike through the miles and miles of trails that meander around the lakes and campgrounds.

I can't imagine letting a child do that now but back then I would be gone for hours on end, meeting other kids that came to camp, swimming and sliding down sand dunes.

Those Summers are some of my favorite memories and I want to share a little of that experience with Bug.

On the afternoon of our second day Bug was napping so I left him and the husband at camp and set out on my bicycle.

As I turned onto the first trail all of the memories of that time in my childhood flooded back.

Not much about the area has changed, the vegetation that lines the trails is tall and thick.

The Sand dune has moved further into the lake since when I was young.

I remember on hot days sliding down it and then splashing into the water. It is too cold for swimming this time of year.
After I took some pictures it started to rain on me so I had to high tail it back to the RV.

The next day was beautiful, so I took Bug on the trails with me. He just learned how to ride without training wheels and was a little uncomfortable on the narrow trails.

Here is where you will find out how much of a dork I am. Just the week before I was telling Bug about an insect eating plant that I used to see on the coast. My husband thought I was nuts when I found some growing in a bog next to the shore, I got so excited showing it to Bug. I'm almost as excited showing this picture to you now.

Darlingtonia Californica or Pitcher Plant.

After our ride we headed back out to the beach, this time it was beautiful blue skies.

Bug and hubby built a sand castle while I walked the dogs and took some pictures.

Bug had fun rolling down some sand dunes.

Once we were done, it was time to go home and back to reality.

If only life was always like a day at the beach.


Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

WOW WOW and WOW... did I mention wow?
It's as if I travelled to the coast without leaving my living room. Beautiful photos Autumn. I love the trail one with the green vegetation... I miss greenery so much. Again, your son is sooooo cute.
What a wonderful trip you all had.

I am hoping all is ok with you. Are you all holding strong? I say a prayer every night for your family.
Hang in there.

Corey~living and loving said... know why I loved this post so much??? I'll use numbers because I loved your comment you did like that. tee hee

1. The photography is WONDERFUL! such variety.

2. I learned one totally knew thing about you: You used to windsurf?????? wow!

3. I realized how very much you are into plants. tee nerd! I'm not sure if I have ever seen that plant...and if I have, I didn't know it eats bugs.

4. this confirmed how very alike we are. Wanting so badly to share our wonderful childhood memories with our children.

love you Autumn!

Nap Warden said...

I love all the pictures...especially the last one:)

Don Mills Diva said...

Wow - the pictures and your childhood descriptions make me feel as if I'm right there with you - wonderful.

Huckdoll said...

Fabulous! You were so lucky to spend your summers there. I can only imagine how much it means to you.