From the Field: Waddell Creek Backpacking Trip (Big Basin / Rancho Del Oso)

We had 6 families join us on our short trip into the woods.  Given our late-in-the-day start, there were cars coming up the fire-road, probably workers finishing up their day on the private farmland that lines much of the trail to our campsite.  To avoid the cars and enjoy a quieter hike, half of our group took the hikers-only trail to our sites.  The other half, those with bikes or accompanying those with bikes, took the fire road.  Walter, our super hiker, took the hiking trail and walked the entire way (carrying his pack for most of it) at the ripe old age of 2.
Our first-time campers got their tents up in record time, while the kids explored the many downed trees, perfect for climbing, and Waddell Creek, perfect for getting wet and rock-throwing practice (away from people!).  The adults enjoyed talking, trying to figure out how to cook with our mixture of stoves and fuel, and relaxing in the cool water of the creek.
We enjoyed a quiet evening and then packed up slowly the next morning and headed back out to enjoy some very WINDY conditions on the beach.  We got to watch the kite surfers and let the kids enjoy the sand and the waves before heading home.
It was a great weekend to spend on the coast and under the trees!
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