Sunday, July 15, 2012
Since Miguel had the day off and Z was still on break from ESY I decided it was high time for a mini road trip. I consulted my book of hikes in the area and once again was a little disappointed by the limited options listed. However, it did remind me that I had been meaning to bring the kids to Fort Ross. I love trips that are both beautiful and educational; the teacher in me doesn't fully go on summer vacation I guess.
I am so glad I decided to push my luck with the Great North, because we happened upon a KOA in Manchester Beach that was quite the poor man's resort, and we were poor men looking for a vacation spot. Miguel and I are determined to find our way back there in the not too distant future. We loved the KOA so much that we figured we sort of had to check out the beach. Actually, I think I was just looking for a bathroom at the time but in any case we ended up climbing the sand dunes to check out the beach. We happened to get there at sunset, and it was just the sort of ending I was looking for to our day of exploration.
(And yes, in the above picture Miguel is in fact standing on the highest dune checking his phone. He shall forever remain a little more of a city slicker than me.)
Not counting the wretched hour or so when I wasn't sure if I was going to ever see civilization again, the day was by far one of the best I've had in a good long while. I love that I'm raising such adventurous, nature loving children and that Miguel is up for the half-cocked journeys I take him on. One of these days we may even convince him to go ahead and tuck that smart phone of his away.