Day 2 of our trip is continued! (IF you missed Part One, you can read it HERE!)
After breakfast, we packed up and headed back to the trail we had briefly explored the night before. We were going on our very first family hike, so we went prepared. We also each had a walkie talkie from our 72 hour packs so that we could learn how to use them and get some good practice in. The boys got to lead the way on the trail. About every 2 minutes one of the boys would radio in:
“KKKKKkkkk There is poop on the trail ahead. I repeat, there is poop. Mind your step. Over and out.”
Nope, it was never dull with the boys leading the way.
But what a view, huh? Can you see the ocean?
When we were on the observation deck, we were invited by the fire ranger to come up to the top of the tower and get a tour. Some other people got excited and started to follow us, but the ranger said “Sorry folks, just the hikers.” We felt pretty special. We worked for it, after all;)
These are the two rangers that gave us the grand tour, Buck and Ramone. (sorry I failed you Buck!) Great guys. They volunteer to stand up there and keep lookout for fires once a week. While we were up there, a fire actually broke out near Camp Pendleton, so we got to watch the whole process of confirming it, radioing it in and getting coordinates with their special equipment. SO cool. The fire ended up not being serious. 🙂
After we hiked back down the mountain, we drove up to the Palomar Observatory, home of the 200 inch telescope.
This is shot from the front steps of the dome. It’s so BIG! Do you see the rainbow?
We had a pretty amazing trip. We arrived back home completely filthy, but energized and refreshed. We really bonded as a family and learned SO much. We’re already planning our next family adventure for October! 😀