Friday, November 29, 2013

Slimy things

Brian and I thought it was raining while we were at the Redwoods. However, we soon found out it wasn't raining it was fogging.  The trees take all the moisture from the fog and it builds up on their leaves until it gets too heavy and drops to the ground.  It was very foggy while we were there so it was also very wet.  Since it was so wet there were lots of slimy things to see.

There were mushrooms EVERYWHERE!!

Some were fuzzy

Some were green

Some had spots

And others looked like Toad from Mario

Some liked growing on trees

And some I have no idea what it was

And some were larger than my Iphone

The slimiest thing of all though was our dinner guest

Tater the snail.

All day long we had searched for a snail/slug. The ranger lady said we had a pretty good chance of seeing one since it was such a wet day.  I was excited because my last slug sighting was Sammy.

Which is a pretty good sighting if I do say so myself. So you could understand my disappointment after searching for a snail/slug all day and all I found was nothing!

 We got to our campsite and went about our way doing our thing. No snail......We went to the beach and enjoyed a little ocean breeze on our face. No snail...... We got ready for dinner and put our tinfoil dinners on the fire...No snail.   I pulled out all the condiments for our dinner and set them on the table....No Snail..... Took my tinfoil dinner out to check if it was done and......SNAIL....SNAIL!!!! He just appeared. All slimy and cool like.

I took a bazillion photos and even maybe broke the table a little bit in my excitement. But it turned out OK because as we sat down for dinner I gave Tater a potato and he decided to stay and eat with us.

I may have accidentally dropped the potato in the dirt

 After he devoured the potato, he checked out our hot chocolate mess (those are marshmallows in the background)  and decided he had had enough.  So he took off over the side of the table and disappeared.

I wonder what slimy things we will discover next!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fern Canyon

Our second night Brian and I camped by the beach

I could sit and watch the ocean for hours

The campground was also only two miles away from where they filmed part of Jurassic Part 2.

:59 is where the compsagnathus (little dinosaurs) chase the guy through fern canyon

So after breakfast we packed up and ventured over to Fern Canyon

Entering the canyon

Becoming one with the environment

There's no escaping now

There was a little river coming down the canyon and at times it became too wide to just step over.

 Brian's crossing skills were pretty impressive! Mine need a little work. So do my navigating big tree skills...

 Brian made it seem easy

Trying not to slip

Panicking because my shoe had just come off and all Brian could do was take a picture... No help at all!

Overall, it was a beautiful day and I think this quote sums everything up

"I felt my lungs inflate with the on rush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ginormo Trees and Dinosaurs

Last week Brian and I took a road trip to Redwood National Park. It took about seven hours to get there but mainly because there are no big roads and no direct routes.

This is what type of roads you have to take to get there.

We finally arrived, set up camp, and promptly fell asleep. But not before putting everything in the bear box with scratch marks on it.

Our campsite

Everything there seemed bigger than normal

And greener

And Dirtier

While walking around I felt like we were on the Island where Jurassic Park took place and at any moment this guy was going to pop out of the bushes

We soon realized that my rain jacket blended in quite nicely.

So I started working on my "Raptor Sneak" Can you find me?

Stalking Prey

By the time you see me it's too late!