A couple of weeks ago, we took our little family on a spontaneous trip up Palomar Mountain State Park. We needed a moment to breathe and get centered before we get crazy busy with fall sessions and begin the school year. Dave begins a school program in September, and we have made the life-changing decision to homeschool the kids for now. I know, I said HOMESCHOOL! But more about that in a later post! Let’s talk about our trip!
The first night, we arrived at sunset and the campgrounds were completely full. We ended up driving halfway back down the mountain to a really crowded, close-quarters and kind of odd “campground” for the night. There were interesting people living there in motorhomes and trailers. We quite literally set up our tent and went to bed. I did not sleep that night. I’ve been watching far to many episodes of Forensic Files while I edit and my imagination was wild.
We woke up to a rooster crowing first thing the next morning. A rooster! Camping! We didn’t mind, we are both from the country and grew up with that. We arose and packed up to head back up the mountain. We got a really great spot in Doane Campground right as someone else was leaving. We immediately unpacked and started breakfast. There is NOTHING like bacon, eggs and pancakes while camping. Poor Dave just had a bagel as he’s vegan for health reasons. (and more about that later too!)
After breakfast we went for a walk to Doane Pond. How cute are these two boys, seriously?
This picture sums up our boys. They had so much fun finding and identifying insects, reptiles and birds. Palomar is plentiful in the insect and arachnid department, I will tell you that! We made a list of every animal sighting we had, it was pretty long. Many of them we had to look up when we got home.
We had some chill time during the warmer hours of the day, sitting in the shade reading and journaling. After working as hard as we have for the last 10 months, it really was pure bliss to just not have anything to think about or do, no cell service and no internet;)
This little lady carried the park guide around with her for a good day and a half and pretended to read it to us. She’s so fun.
The blue feather below is from a Stellar Jay, they are everywhere on the mountain! They are so beautiful and the boys loved finding feathers, which they put back when we left.
Funnel web spiders are so cool! They were everywhere. After living in San Diego for over two years, I have gotten used to spiders. 😉
What would we do without Ashton? After our mini hike, we went back to camp and sat around the campfire at dusk. When the bats, the beetles, and the carpenter ants came out, we went to bed. Dirty, smelly and happy.
Day two of our trip was the BEST part, so stay tuned for that post!