the first few days

wednesday we drove to silver falls in oregon. we arrived optimistic, refreshed even with our first night of camping ahead of us. we set up our tent, we rolled out our bedding and we were ready. however, it was also at that time when we realized that we a) had food to cook and no stove, b) decided not to bring our bikes but watched with envy as every other family in the site rode around joyously, c) were 30 minutes from the nearest restaurant, d) had no firewood, but no smores stuff either so that one was kind of a wash and e) had one small headlamp to service all our lighting needs. the night was very nice nonetheless. we got some hiking in before dinner and slept beautifully in our new tent.

the second night we spent in the redwoods on the coast of northern california. we got a late start in the day by the time we'd packed up, found somewhere to eat breakfast that wouldn't necessitate back-tracking and made a stop at target, costco and joe's sporting goods to procure a lantern, contact solution, a camp stove and propane for said stove. the redwoods were very nice. the camp site was clean and wooded with enough separation between the sites to feel semi-private.

the next day we drove a short way to the beach where we planned to spend a good portion of the day, partially for the enjoyment of it and partially so that on this, our longest driving day, ani would spend a significant part of the drive time asleep. we found a beach that was off the main road a bit and held the promise of seclusion even if we had to take our lives in our hands to hike down to the sand.

we picked our way carefully down sandy trails stepping on exposed roots when possible and avoiding the sections that offered no more traction than a slip 'n slide. we almost turned back at several points but ultimately we pushed on. as we made the final hop down onto the sand, we could see that the trek had been worthwhile. the beach was nestled in a cove, littered with rock islands of various size. however, rather than fumble over the description and leave you with a mediocre picture of the place, here are some pics to prove how beautiful it was.

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