Happy Campers!

Imagine a dark night, standing in the middle of a forest, cold breeze making a compelling whisper and there is a sudden hoot heard from a distance…Ok, that was a lame attempt at painting a scary picture. My recent ‘camping in the wilderness’ experience was anything but scary πŸ™‚

Humboldt Redwood State ParkΒ was the venue .

It was the first time camping, for us as well as for our camping mates (another couple, Pr the husband and Lx the wife.) But tips and pointers from a dozen experienced people did us good. Tents and tools, blankets and buckets, matchbox and masalas – we arrived all prepared..or so we thought.

First thing we did after setting up the tent was to get out the stove and make some hot masala chai.Just when all were patting own backs for a task accomplished, one asked ‘Where’s the strainer?”. Never would anyone realize the dire importance of a tea strainer until you are stuck without one on a cold evening in the middle of the jungle ..and with some smoking hot chai waiting to be filtered and sipped. Arrgh! Anyways, it took only a few minutes before we came up with an alternative – paper towel. It took patient minutes of slow and steady pouring, but it worked! Here is the proof πŸ˜€

Me with Pb at a mission ;)

Me with Pr at a mission πŸ˜‰

Later in the evening, a leisurely walk in the woods, hand in hand with H was rejuvenating…like untying some knots from the inner being and setting them free.

Stroll

It was darker and colder soon. The able men of the Β 21st century took more than 10 minutes to figure out the right way to set up a camp fire before we could finally sit and warm ourselves πŸ˜€

An elaborate dinner prep ensued and though it took little more than an hour, our menu read like this –

Grilled corn on the cob with salt, pepper and lemon rubbed on

Grilled and fried potatoes with a good dash of salt and chili powder

Readymade Parathas and paneer palak reheated to perfection

Dahi/yogurt for the sides

Pickles of 3 variety

Cookies for desert

All of the above washed down along a glass of wine..that’s one awesome feeling right there!

Β 

After a while we retired for the night with a sleeping bag and a book into our tents Β and called it a day..a fulfilling day πŸ™‚

Retiring

Night was in fact the toughest part. Three layers of clothing, a fleece blanket under a thick insulation sleeping bag and still it felt cold!

In hardly 30 minutes, we heard Pr calling out for H . It was getting hard to breathe, he said. H tried to keep a calm outlook and asked him to try doing the inhale-exhale deeply. He came out of the tent, Β tried exactly that and immediately felt better. The reason for the temporary breathing problem was because his body did not like the enclosed space he was lying in. Pr and H set out in the car looking for a motel to sleep…it was midnight. I lie in my tent, tightly closed eyes, pretending to have fallen asleep in that pitch darkness. Lx was also around, but no help at all. For the kind of condescendingly cold person she is, I am not sure if she was even worried for her husband. No kidding!

The boys returned in some time and complained there was no place to stay around the forest. Duh ?! Finally Pr and Lx moved out Β and slept on the comfy reclining seats in the car .

Dawn broke and I woke up to the sounds of woodpeckers busy at work. The morning was a magnificent sight. How often do you open your eyes to something like this?

Morning lights

Those ultra maintained common shower rooms and rest rooms for campers was a blessing. I can live natural..but..err..not having to look for bushes or wide trees to do your daily job..hehe.

Kudos to the H’s planning, we spent the morning playing amidst those pleasant green surroundings. Collecting the Shuttle Cork and Frisbee back when they flew into broken twigs or thorny bushes did not seem like a big deal at all!

After a quick breakfast, we packed our swim suits and set out to a river nearby. While the day was sunny enough for the guys to open up chilled beer cans, the river water gave us shivers. So it was just wetting our feet and posing for some pics..and of course munching on the salt snacks we brought along.

Riverside

It was lunch time and we soon were back at our camp site lighting our stove. By then it was pretty obvious that Pr is a thoroughly helpful and friendly person while Lx is just the opposite. She just stood there carelessly watching us work, occasionally lifting a random object off the table and asking me ‘ where should I keep this?’. Super Annoying. I sure grumbled in my head ‘ Does this look like my private kitchen? Find your work and be a team member if you can, missy’.Β 

The drive to the ‘Avenue of Giants’ through the forest roads was so amazing that we had to stop mid way to take it all in. I was acting like a crazy monkey-brand in the middle of the road..too happy to be there, I guess πŸ˜‰

Crazy

The rest half of the day was spent trekking in that wilderness- one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen. The narrow mud path among the giant redwoods humbles you. Each one of those trees age back a thousand years…and every single tree releases more then 500 gallons of water into the air, in a single day! ( yeah, yeah..I read the facts).

Now, tell me, does this picture remind you of Jurassic park? I waited to spot a T-Rex too πŸ˜›

JurassicPark

On the way back to the camp site, the boys made a spontaneous decision and turned the car towards one other popular spot nearby, the Trinidad beach. It was an hour long drive and though hungry and tired by then, we got out of the car for a view like this… and forgot everything else.

Trinidad Beach

Walking down the steps towards the beach, humming a silly song ..

Steps

I remember standing still near that rock and heartily thanking God – for making earth so beautiful and putting me in it to savor every bit.

Thoughts

Next day, bidding good bye was hard, but we knew we were not going back empty.Β 

We had the greenest of memories and the most gratifying of moments to take back home with us….much more than asked for πŸ™‚

Β 

Imagine a dark night, standing in the middle of a forest, cold breeze making a compelling whisper and there is a sudden hoot heard from a distance.Ok, that was a lame attempt at painting a scary picture. My recent ‘camping in the wilderness’ experience was anything but scary πŸ™‚
Humboldt Redwood State Park was the venue.( http://www.humboldtredwoods.org/ ).It was the first time camping, for us as well as for our camping mates (another couple, Pb the husband and Lx the wife.) But tips and pointers from a dozen experienced people did us good. Tents and tools, blankets and buckets, matchbox and masalas – we arrived all prepared..or so we thought. First thing we did after setting up the tent was to get out the stove and make some hot masala chai.Just when all were patting own backs for a task accomplished, one asked ‘Where’s the strainer?”. Never would anyone realize the dire importance of a tea strainer until you are stuck without one on a cold evening in the middle of the jungle and with some smoking hot chai smoking waiting to be filtered and sipped. Arrgh! Anyways, it took only a few minutes before we came up with an alternative – paper towel. It took patient minutes of slow and steady pouring, but it worked! Here is the proof πŸ˜€
Photo
Later in the evening, a leisurely walk in the woods, hand in hand with H was rejuvenating…like untying some knots from the inner being and setting them free.
Photo
It was darker and colder soon. The able men of the Β 21st century took more than 10 minutes to figure out the right way to set up a camp fire before we could finally sit and warm ourselves πŸ˜€
An elaborate dinner prep ensued and though it took little more than an hour, our menu read like this –
Grilled corn on the cob with salt, pepper and lemon rubbed in
Grilled and fried potatoes with a good dash of salt and chili powder
Readymade Parathas and paneer palak reheated to perfection
Dahi/yogurt for the sides
Pickles of 3 variety
Cookies for desert
All of the above washed down along a glass of wine..that’s one awesome feeling right there!
After a while we retired for the night with a sleeping bag and a book into our tents, we called it a day..fulfilling day πŸ™‚
Photo
Night was in fact the toughest part. Three layers of clothing, a fleece blanket under a thick insulation sleeping bag and still it felt cold. I was somehow falling asleep when Pr called out for H and worriedly said he is unable to sleep..or breathe! H tried to keep a calm outlook and asked him to try doing the inhale-exhale deeply. He came out of the tent and tried it and immediately felt better. The reason for the temporary breathing problem was because his body did not like the enclosed space he was lying in. Pr and H set out in the car looking for a motel to sleep…it was midnight. I lie in my tent, tightly closed eyes, pretending to have fallen asleep in that pitch darkness.Lx was also around, but no help at all. For the kind of condescendingly cold kind of person she is, I am not sure if she was even worried for her husband. No kidding!
The boys returned in some time and complained there was no place to stay around the forest. Duh ?! Finally Pr and Lx moved out of tents and slept in the car reclining the comfy seats to the fullest.
Dawn broke and I woke up to the sounds of woodpeckers busy at work, pecking at trees. How often do you open your eyes to something like this?
Photo
Those ultra maintained common shower rooms and rest rooms for campers was a blessing. I can live wild..but..err..not having to look for bushes and wide trees to do your job..hehe.
Kudos to the H’s planning, we spent the morning playing amidst those pleasant green surroundings. Collecting the Shuttle Cork and Frisbee back when they flew into some broken twigs or thorny bushes did not seem like a big deal at all!
After a quick breakfast, we packed up our swim suits and set out to a river nearby. while the day was sunny enough for the guys to open up chilled beer cans, the river water gave us shivers. So it was just wetting our feet and posing for some pics..and of course munching on the salt snacks seated on the sands.
Photo
It was lunch time and we were soon back at our camp site lighting our stove. By then it was pretty obvious that Pr is a thoroughly helpful and friendly person while Lx was just the opposite. She just stood there carelessly watching us work, occasionally lifting a random object off the table and asking me ‘ where should I keep this?’. Super Annoying. I sure grumbled in my head ‘ Does this look like my private kitchen? Find your work and be a team member if you can, missy’.Β 
The drive to the ‘Avenue of Giants’ through the forest roads was so amazing that we had to stop mid way to take it all in. I was acting like a crazy monkey brand in the middle of the road..too happy to be there, I guess πŸ˜‰
Photo
The rest half of the day was spent trekking in that wilderness- one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen. The narrow mud path among the giant redwoods humbles you. Each one of those trees age back a thousand years…and every single tree produces more then 500 gallons of water in a single day! ( yeah, yeah..I read the facts).
Now, tell me, does this remind you of Jurassic park? I waited to spot a T-Rex too πŸ˜›
Photo
On the way back to the camp site, the boys made a spontaneous decision and turned the car towards one other popular spot nearby. It was an hour long driving distance. Though hungry and tired by then, we go out of the car for a view like this, and forgot everything else.
Photo
Walking down the steps towards the beach, humming a silly song ..
I remember standing still near that rock and heartily thanking God – for making earth so beautiful and putting me in it to savor every bit.
Photo
Next day, bidding good bye was hard, but we knew we were not going back empty.Β 
We had the greenest of memories and the most gratifying of moments to take back home with us….and that was more than enough πŸ™‚
Imagine a dark night, standing in the middle of a forest, cold breeze making a compelling whisper and there is a sudden hoot heard from a distance.Ok, that was a lame attempt at painting a scary picture. My recent ‘camping in the wilderness’ experience was anything but scary πŸ™‚
Humboldt Redwood State Park was the venue.( http://www.humboldtredwoods.org/ ).It was the first time camping, for us as well as for our camping mates (another couple, Pb the husband and Lx the wife.) But tips and pointers from a dozen experienced people did us good. Tents and tools, blankets and buckets, matchbox and masalas – we arrived all prepared..or so we thought. First thing we did after setting up the tent was to get out the stove and make some hot masala chai.Just when all were patting own backs for a task accomplished, one asked ‘Where’s the strainer?”. Never would anyone realize the dire importance of a tea strainer until you are stuck without one on a cold evening in the middle of the jungle and with some smoking hot chai smoking waiting to be filtered and sipped. Arrgh! Anyways, it took only a few minutes before we came up with an alternative – paper towel. It took patient minutes of slow and steady pouring, but it worked! Here is the proof πŸ˜€
Photo
Later in the evening, a leisurely walk in the woods, hand in hand with H was rejuvenating…like untying some knots from the inner being and setting them free.
Photo
It was darker and colder soon. The able men of the Β 21st century took more than 10 minutes to figure out the right way to set up a camp fire before we could finally sit and warm ourselves πŸ˜€
An elaborate dinner prep ensued and though it took little more than an hour, our menu read like this –
Grilled corn on the cob with salt, pepper and lemon rubbed in
Grilled and fried potatoes with a good dash of salt and chili powder
Readymade Parathas and paneer palak reheated to perfection
Dahi/yogurt for the sides
Pickles of 3 variety
Cookies for desert
All of the above washed down along a glass of wine..that’s one awesome feeling right there!
After a while we retired for the night with a sleeping bag and a book into our tents, we called it a day..fulfilling day πŸ™‚
Photo
Night was in fact the toughest part. Three layers of clothing, a fleece blanket under a thick insulation sleeping bag and still it felt cold. I was somehow falling asleep when Pr called out for H and worriedly said he is unable to sleep..or breathe! H tried to keep a calm outlook and asked him to try doing the inhale-exhale deeply. He came out of the tent and tried it and immediately felt better. The reason for the temporary breathing problem was because his body did not like the enclosed space he was lying in. Pr and H set out in the car looking for a motel to sleep…it was midnight. I lie in my tent, tightly closed eyes, pretending to have fallen asleep in that pitch darkness.Lx was also around, but no help at all. For the kind of condescendingly cold kind of person she is, I am not sure if she was even worried for her husband. No kidding!
The boys returned in some time and complained there was no place to stay around the forest. Duh ?! Finally Pr and Lx moved out of tents and slept in the car reclining the comfy seats to the fullest.
Dawn broke and I woke up to the sounds of woodpeckers busy at work, pecking at trees. How often do you open your eyes to something like this?
Photo
Those ultra maintained common shower rooms and rest rooms for campers was a blessing. I can live wild..but..err..not having to look for bushes and wide trees to do your job..hehe.
Kudos to the H’s planning, we spent the morning playing amidst those pleasant green surroundings. Collecting the Shuttle Cork and Frisbee back when they flew into some broken twigs or thorny bushes did not seem like a big deal at all!
After a quick breakfast, we packed up our swim suits and set out to a river nearby. while the day was sunny enough for the guys to open up chilled beer cans, the river water gave us shivers. So it was just wetting our feet and posing for some pics..and of course munching on the salt snacks seated on the sands.
Photo
It was lunch time and we were soon back at our camp site lighting our stove. By then it was pretty obvious that Pr is a thoroughly helpful and friendly person while Lx was just the opposite. She just stood there carelessly watching us work, occasionally lifting a random object off the table and asking me ‘ where should I keep this?’. Super Annoying. I sure grumbled in my head ‘ Does this look like my private kitchen? Find your work and be a team member if you can, missy’.Β 
The drive to the ‘Avenue of Giants’ through the forest roads was so amazing that we had to stop mid way to take it all in. I was acting like a crazy monkey brand in the middle of the road..too happy to be there, I guess πŸ˜‰
Photo
The rest half of the day was spent trekking in that wilderness- one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen. The narrow mud path among the giant redwoods humbles you. Each one of those trees age back a thousand years…and every single tree produces more then 500 gallons of water in a single day! ( yeah, yeah..I read the facts).
Now, tell me, does this remind you of Jurassic park? I waited to spot a T-Rex too πŸ˜›
Photo
On the way back to the camp site, the boys made a spontaneous decision and turned the car towards one other popular spot nearby. It was an hour long driving distance. Though hungry and tired by then, we go out of the car for a view like this, and forgot everything else.
Photo
Walking down the steps towards the beach, humming a silly song ..
I remember standing still near that rock and heartily thanking God – for making earth so beautiful and putting me in it to savor every bit.
Photo
Next day, bidding good bye was hard, but we knew we were not going back empty.Β 
We had the greenest of memories and the most gratifying of moments to take back home with us….and that was more than enough πŸ™‚
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17 Responses to Happy Campers!

  1. Stone says:

    This looks one super AWESOME place, and we too have been thinking of going for our first camping trip lately.
    Now we know another place to consider.
    __

    And yes, hope Lx doesn’t read this πŸ˜‰
    ———-
    Me: Hi there! Oh , definitely consider Humboldt Redwoods for your plans. Plan up the camping before the summer ends!

    Lx, no! None of my people know of this blog. How do you think I can rant about so much and so many otherwise? hehe

  2. Ersa says:

    camping is sooooo much fun…i went camping in new hampshire for the long weekend and all three days were just blissful…glad to know you had a nice enjoyable experience…
    ————
    Me: Oh, did you? Where are the pics, where is the post? πŸ™‚

  3. La Vida Loca says:

    Hmmm nice! Makes me wish I’d camped in Puerto Rico…
    ————-

    Me: You still can, if not in Puerto Rico some place around here na?. Summer is so beautiful all around πŸ™‚

  4. revsjoiedevivre says:

    Hmpf! I hate you 😦 I’ll come back when I’m finished hating you *runs away to her corner to face the wall and sulk*
    ——————

    Me: Hate me as much you like dearie, my turn to do just that will come when you go on more awesome getaways with SS sometime soon! πŸ˜€

  5. Anu says:

    wow! sounds like an absolutely delightful getaway!
    Looks like you had a lovely time out there! πŸ™‚
    ————–
    Me: Hey Anu, yes it was delightful overall. A bit of not-so-delightful things here and there..but who cares πŸ˜€

  6. sraikh says:

    Ohh, sounds like such a refreshing trip.
    The picture of the trees is amazing.

    We were camping this weekend too. But with all my monsters. My camera died and I dont have as many pictures though.
    ————

    Me: Refreshing is exactly the word πŸ™‚ And I would love to hear your of camping story. Your cute monsters would be lotsa fun in the wilderness πŸ˜€

  7. jottingsnmusings says:

    Nice! We are planning a camping trip in June… I’m much more excited after reading your post. Was a bit skeptical initially!
    ———–
    Me: Just finished reading/commenting on your post Girl, now I know what you mean by ‘bit skeptical initially’ πŸ™‚

    Same pinch, I was too..but went with just another set of people..still enjoyed it our own way. Go for it.

  8. revsjoiedevivre says:

    Mail check maadi when you have time πŸ™‚ You can hate me and laugh at me at the same time πŸ˜€

  9. Bhavna says:

    This was indeed a good and refreshing post! Though I am always cranky when I hear about other’s holidays..especially the ones that are a lil ‘hatke’.
    Thats silly Lx, atleast now u know who ‘not’ to go shopping with!
    ——–
    Me:Hi Bhavna, nice to have you here and Thanks for the compliment πŸ™‚
    Lx – Oh, yeah. She is definitely not in my list of ‘freinds’ – shopping or not. Am mean that way πŸ˜›

  10. Anamika says:

    Hey,

    Hubby and couple of his office frnds are planning for a camping trip next weekend..

    i was not so sure abt the common restrooms and showers and told him – he can go ahead and have a great time.. i will chill at home with some books and chick flicks….

    reading ur write up – probably i might go ..
    i don’t know πŸ™‚
    ————
    Me: Hi there! I cannot vouch for the common restrooms and baths in all camping grounds, but can tell they are usually managed well in the US . Oh, stop thinking too much, take the plunge and go have fun, I say! πŸ™‚

  11. I absolutely love the redwoods! Its got this very mysterious vibe to it…

    Looks like you had loads of fun πŸ™‚
    —————-

    Me: Oh, yes. I am in so much love with them too…mysterious vibe defined by enchanting sounds , soul refreshing smells, cool natural feel..everything! πŸ™‚

  12. Anna Bond says:

    Great Journal. Nice and simple narrating style you’ve got. πŸ™‚
    ————–

    Me: Hi there! Thank You πŸ˜€
    Keep visiting πŸ™‚

  13. Dee says:

    Awesome post!!

    Me jealous much.. πŸ™‚
    ————–
    Me: Thnx Dee! Loved that first line..did not read the next πŸ˜›

  14. i love camping and staying out in the woods..but yes…i need a clean loo and shower to do my stuff… your pictures are lovely and it shows the fun you guys had. we had gone camping in the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia last year and it was so much fun. we did a combination of white water rafting and camping. I love waking up in the wilderness with teh sound of birds and fresh air. so rejuvenating.

  15. Enchanted says:

    I read this again today and 2 days really sounds worth it. I am already planning the second one πŸ™‚
    —————–
    Me: I told ya! Go for it girl πŸ™‚

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