Sunday, October 23, 2005
I survived my camping trip for my environmental bio class. I actually grew up across the street from the same mountain range, so I was no stranger to the locale. In fact the view you see in the pic is the same is what we saw when we walked out our front door. I still have no idea how my parents were able to sell that house. Anyway, I laughed when people were putting on bug repellent. There are some wimpy mosquito's here in Cali - try just going outside to check the mail in Florida. You'll come back in looking like you've got chickenpox.
We did a lot of hiking and bird watching (lots of raptors and woodpeckers). California has some of the toughest laws protecting it's wildlife and it gives a silent pride being a native to this state. We saw the moon come up, but it was nothing compared to mine and Hannah's surf/moon session. It also made my view of the stars, well, sucky. As to more practical matters, I actually set my camp and tent up myself and did pretty well. And with a not so silent pride, I bragged to my father about my new found skill.
Speaking of my parents, they are in the middle of nasty tornados in Florida. Wilma is approaching and my dad is assuring me that she will stay south and not be anything more than a Cat 2. They are in Palm Bay, near Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. I still worry and I am not sure how they could live there (they've been there for the last 2 years). I will be watching you Wilma. Be nice.
Picture above: My view of our sundown hike amongst the creepy abandoned barn.