Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrating the Second Year!

We celebrated Jasper's 2nd birthday (April 2) by driving up to the coast of Oregon for a 3 day rustic cabin trip.  On the way, we hiked a very scenic trail in Jed Smith State Park (California) called the Boy Scout Trail.  The trail led through massive redwood trees to a stunning waterfall.  By late afternoon, we were moving in to a cozy cabin in Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon.  Sun crystals shimmered across the ocean toward the late day sun.  That evening, the sun set magnificently past a stately lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula.  The following day, we explored all around Cape Blanco and also nearby Port Orford Headlands State Park.  After a celebration of a frosting-packed cake (which Jasper loved!), we hiked several beautiful trails at Port Orford.  As the sun dropped toward the western sky, we watched whales off the rugged coast.  It was a fun 3-day celebration of our little boy, now two years old!
The massive redwoods along Boy Scout Ttrail

Waterfall at the end of Boy Scout Trail

Our cozy cabin at Cape Blanco SP

Happy campers in the cabin!
Late afternoon lighting at Cape Blanco

Looking North from Cape Blanco near sunset

Lighthouse sunset

Rugged coast along Port Orford Headlands

Monday, April 7, 2014

The sunset of winter

On March 19th, we ventured up in to the wilds of Redwood National Park for our first night of camping in 2014.  We found a spectacular campsite at Flint Ridge, which is nestled at the edge of the redwood forest adjacent to the mighty Pacific.  We all hiked in the quarter mile to our campsite and happily set up our tent.  As evening approached, we walked down to the dirt road that parallels the ocean.  It was the sunset of winter...and what a glorious one it was!  The sky exploded in orange, red, pink and purple.  A new season was upon us.  Spring, here we come!
Jasper walking up the trail toward our campsite

Late afternoon sun crystals over the Pacific

Happy campers at our campsite!

A beautiful sky
Spectacular views along Redwood NP's coast

Looking North