Calaveras Big Trees Sera Navadas
Visiting Friend and Hiking
Friday, September 28 to Sunday September 30, 2007
These trees are really big.
Julia and I left Oakland to spend the weekend with Holly,
Alex at their cabin in Arnold. Arnold is in Calaveras County which is a three
hours drive from Oakland. On the way to the cabin Julia and I stopped for
dinner at Murphys which is a little town near Arnold. We had a bit too much
wine at dinner and got lost on the now dark road on our way to the cabin;
but we made it in the end.
You have to love the California wilderness.
On the Saturday we all headed to the Calaveras Big Tree
State Park which is close by to Arnold. Julia and I went for a six mile
hike on the South Grove trail.
It was a beautiful walk through this California forest filed with all kinds of
conifer and giant sequoia trees.
Giant sequoias are magnificent trees and are truly
inspiring. On Sunday we ate a yummy pancake breakfast and then stopped in
at Murphys for lunch on our way home.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
From Julia: Margot's Murder Mystery - before David and
Lawrie set off for Antarctica we all dressed up in 20s style to solve a
complicated murder at Margot's speakeasy. Lawrie created a brilliant faux
cigar for David's character made out of a paper grocery bag. This was extra
impressive as he"d just got off a 15 hr flight from Australia.
Thanks for hosting a great party Margot and Todd.