LeRoy’s Camping Weekend
We decided that we’d better go camping before I got too fat and before we have a newborn! We packed up the car with all our camping goodies and headed toward Big Sur (30 miles south of Carmel) on Saturday morning.
Our first stopover was a fancy brunch in Carmel (talk about roughin’ it camping! this was the life!). Then we made our way to Ventana Campgrounds, by recommendation of our neighbors Kirk and Carol. It was a great camping spot – clean, lots of huge redwood trees, good firepits/BBQs, flat spots for tents, good parking, etc. We got camping spot 61, which was the farthest possible spot in the entire area. It was very secluded and quiet – just what we needed to relax and get away from work and the bay area.
We set up our tent, took a quick rest, and then headed out for a hike. We hiked 5.5 miles round trip on the Old Coast Ridge Highway. It was pretty warm, so we really didn’t need our sweatshirts. We saw a Monterey Ring-Necked snake.
I was surprised at how quickly I got out of breath doing any kind of exercise. Carrying around this extra baby weight slows me down a bit!
After the hike, we started on dinner. We received some great gifts for our wedding, and we got to use them all – lantern, coffee pot, titanium cooking pots, coleman stove, dishes, and even sleeping bags! We made spaghetti and meatballs, salad, and garlic bread. The bread didn’t turn out so well – the wood we had didn’t burn very well, so the fire was a bit unpredictable (i.e., the bread burned and tasted pretty lousy).
The bathroom was about 1/4 mile away and on one of my treks, I saw bats flying around. I thought I was hallucinating, because I could never track a bat for more than a second or two. But Dave admitted he saw them too. Maybe we’re both crazy. We read books until it was time to go to sleep.
The next morning, Dave went out for a run while I did some more reading. Then we made blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Other than turning our new titanium pots black, the breakfast was successful (and tasty!). We headed out of the campgrounds and went to Pfeiffer State Beach, just a few miles away. It was a nice beach (although we had lots of complaints about all the flies). There were cool looking rock formations that made for some good photos.
All in all, it was a good trip. We made a mental list of things to bring next time – plastic tablecloth, Scrabble, wine for dinner, and cutting board. Of course, next time, we’ll have diapers, bottles, blankets, and a baby!