Here are our two girls together:
In July we took a camping trip to the Coastal Redwoods along Highway 101. We camped with some friends who have two kids. Maddie loved it! It was so nice for her to have companions her own age. It was a blast camping with friends. Maddie loved her first camping experience (the first one she can remember at least.) I managed to do great despite being four months pregnant (some had their doubts.) Todd had a chance to relax for once. What a great way to get away! The redwoods always leave me speechless. They are so massive and majestic. It is hard to put into words the thoughts and feelings you experience when you see a tree that is over 2,000 years old. Todd and I have so many fond memories of our childhood camping trips, we want to provide Maddie with the same opportunities. We are already planning next summer's excursions (or at least discussing them!)
Maddie in front of the "Grandfather Tree"
Maddie with her morning hot cocoa in front of the campfire
Exploring the tide pools
The lighthouse at Shelter Cove
A week after we returned home we were on the road again. This time to Lake Tahoe. The cabin is always a welcome retreat. My Tahoe favorites are:
spending time with family
sleeping in (I sleep so soundly up there)
the beautiful scenery; you just can't beat it
trail rides at the equestrienne center for me and pony rides for maddie
dipping my toes in the lake
the sound of a peaceful breeze whispering through the trees
pancake breakfasts! the elevation makes them soooo light and fluffy
piper's patisserie; the food is divine!
getting some r&r
This visit was no different. Only Maddie got her horse time this visit. Horseback riding is one of those pregnancy taboos. Just visiting the stables made me ache for a horseback ride! Oh well, there's always next year. To make up for it I found a seafood dish that I could actually eat when we had dinner at Cottonwood. Ocean fish, yet another taboo! But Cottonwood (which is beautiful by the way) was serving basa fish; it's freshwater!!! Soooooo delicious!!!! I miss fish so much.
We visited friends who were staying at Heritage Cove at King's Beach. The water was so low Maddie could wade out beyond the pier. It is quite sad to see the lake so low, but we all had fun walking so far out. Plus the low levels kept the water warmer. It was the first time I did not have to wait for my body to numb up before venturing out above my feet!
Ready to ride! Pony ride with Mom and Nana Gail
You lookin' at me?!
Happy in Tahoe