Archive for July, 2008

Rhododendron Trail/Cal Barrel – Redwood NP

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

date hiked: June 22, 2008
distance: 5.1 miles
elevation gain: 730 feet
time: 3 hours

Tyler and I did this hike together. We had so much fun. It was our first foray into the Redwoods. It was amazing to see how massive the trees were. How they could grow when they were hollow.


The trail would go right through the trees…literally. It was amazing.

But even more amazing was this:

I don’t believe there is any guarantee that you are going to like your kids. I mean, I know you love them. Of course you do. But if you are honest, I do not think there is any thing that guarantees that you are going to LIKE them. That you will enjoy who they are. We hope for that. Maybe parenting has something to do with it. I’m not sure.

What I do know is that I like my son. I enjoy spending time with him. I like who he is. I like taking up the same space…even though we share different interests.


We talked about that a lot on this hike. While walking through these massive trees, feeling so small in comparison, Tyler and I felt so solid. He’s grown so much. It all seemed fitting…the conversation, the setting, our hearts.

Fern Canyon – Redwood National Park

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

date hiked: June 21, 2008
distance: 2.2 miles
elevation gain: 317 feet
time: 1 hour


After setting up camp in Elk Prairie Campground we set out for the coast to Gold Bluffs Beach and the Fern Canyon Loop trail. The trail’s name describes it perfectly…a wide walk through a fern covered canyon. It seems other wordly at times. It is often hard for me to imagine how such beauty finds its way in the world. It feels to big, too overwhelming. It was a perfect introduction to the area.

There was a herd of elk hanging out on the beach. On the way out of the canyon, one of the elk had blocked the trail. He was within 30 feet of the trail and you had to go by him to get out. We were on a ridge so you couldn’t move around him. According to the park, the elk in this herd have been known to chase people so I was willing to wait until he moved out. However, Tyler was a brazen, brave soul and quietly walked by on the trail. So…I followed.


After our near elk charge…we went and played in the ocean for a bit. Tyler splashed me more than I managed to splash him. We headed back to camp and went to sleep.

Exposure and Adventure

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Tyler and I are up early this morning. We are on our way adventuring again…back from Redwood National Park (which I shall post about soon) and onto John Day Fossil Beds National Monument for a few days of camping and hiking. I asked Tyler to pick a picture to go with this post from our Redwood NP trip and he picked one that he took of me.


When I asked why this picture? Tyler said that people should see all the hard work I’ve been doing. I was going to make him pick a different picture because this one feels to “out there” if you know what I mean.

Here’s where things feel exposed and quite vulnerable….Tyler is referring to the fact that I have lost about 130 pounds. It has taken years and lots of sweat (and I have about 4 pounds to go before I reach my goal) but I’m almost there. (Then I get another tattoo.) 🙂

Tyler is an awesome young man…always encouraging and celebrating my accomplishments.

Now…off to John Day NM