S: Del Norte Redwoods Vacation 2009
FC: The JAFARI Family 2009 Del Norte Redwoods Trip | Do it Sam, DO IT!!
1: On a Saturday morning, June 27, 2009, Davar, Beverly, Samantha, Bobbie and Tabitha left for a two-week vacation. (Michael was meeting up with us on Sunday in Petaluma because he spent a week in Berkeley prior to our departure.) Michael and Sammy decided they might as well go as they had nothing else better to do. Little did they know that this trip was going to be a learning experience for all of us, as Michael and Sam had not lived with us for 4 - 5 years while they were in college. Easy-going Bobbie is always a blessing to be around, and we had Tabitha's quick wit and Irish temper. (My "Mother's Curse" is going as strong as ever!) Our vacations have always been "different" from the average vacation - however - we all struggled to get the most out of our vacation. We played hard and TRIED to relax within the small confines of the R.V. and our small campsite. We managed to cram 6 people in the jeep while going places (illegally I might add) and in the end we had a lot more good times than bad. Here are some of our memories . . . Beverly Jafari (a.k.a. Tyrant #2)
2: Our first night was at a KOA in Petaluma. Michael met us Sunday morning with the jeep, having spent a week at Berkeley.
3: The KOA was JAM-PACKED with families with small children. They offered a Magic Show, Ice Cream sundaes and a petting zoo the night we arrived. | Tabitha was allowed to play on the playground. Up to 12 years of age were allowed. She looked SO BIG!!
4: Mill Creek Campground Del Norte Redwoods
6: Our site is finally set up!
7: Obviously, too much fun at Berkeley!
8: Tabitha and Davar look for sticks | Sam was concerned about them causing erosion
9: Davar starts his walking stick the first night
10: Davar Whittling
12: Our campsite
13: My 1st watercolor attempt of trees in our campsite
14: View from our campsite
15: The view from our campsite
16: Land of the Banana Slugs! | Our camp from the RV
17: Bobbie's hideaway and her braid
18: Our campsite with Sam "Shopping" | "Where is he, the lazy bum!!"
19: The trees over our campsite
20: The Smith River
21: "The Rock" is where people jump off of if they are brave enough. The Smith River is the second cleanest river in the United States. It is so clear that you can see big boulders under the surface of the water. However, it is so deep that when you jump in, you never touch them (and that includes Davar). | Davar getting ready to jump - "Butt-Crack" Mike - and away he goes!
22: I was already wet! Ha! Ha!
23: Our camp after a day at beach or the river
24: At camp we constantly played games, whittled, painted, colored, knit, read, biked or slept.
25: Backgammon tournaments CONSTANTLY between Michael, Samantha & Davar
26: Another Backgammon Tournament!! | We went shopping for crab! Michael, Samantha, Bobbie and I ate to our hearts content! | Our campsite after we had been there a couple of days!
27: Tabitha whittled a piece of wood into a pencil and then painted it
28: Mom's attempts at figuring out trees | Samantha's First Watercolor
29: This is behind our campsite. By Mom
30: Enderts Beach | It's an approx. 1/2 - 1 mile hike down a trail to a secluded beach. Davar flew his China Kite and had a great time. I thought the kids were going to get stuck by high tide!
31: The top of a redwood tree from our camp. Frustrating not to know how to paint "wind"!
32: I was trying to figure out how to put in the background - never did figure out foreground and depth!
33: Looking up from the camp site
34: We went to the Smith River several times . . .
36: Back at our camp site . . . Charlene arrives for a few days
38: Tabitha took these pictures with her camera | Charlene took Bobbie & Tabitha to the Oregon Caves one day
39: . . . some more of Tabitha's pictures
40: #1 | #2 | Jafari "Road Trip" | An example of the | Jeep Key
41: #3 | #4 | Gets the 'ole blood pumping!
42: #5 | #6 | "Can someone please check my blood pressure?" | THE END! | He can't see us now Papa!! | ? ! ?
43: The "TIME-OUT" Stump | California Highway Patrol
44: Davar & Tabitha
45: The tide pools were beautiful!
46: Here we are crossing the ocean at low tide to go to the light house. The rocks are slippery. Easy to get a sprained ankle! The tidepools were everywhere. At high tide, all of the rocks are covered by water and the light house is an island.
47: Crescent City Light House
49: A Bob on a Log
50: The Crescent city Light House is said to be "Haunted". It was a beautiful day to see the light house. (Of course, we illegally got there by having too many people in the jeep.) Thought a highway patrol was going to stop us on the way back to camp.
52: The view looking south from the light house
53: View looking south from the Light House
55: A lot of driftwood is seen on the beaches in Crescent City. They have bad winter storms.
56: The tide was beginning to come in around the Light House by the time we left
59: The view looking north to Crescent City from the Light House
61: The park was built by volunteers. Even the materials were donated. | The City Park | Samantha Texting
62: Show Offs!
66: Tabitha texting and hiding from everyone during their game of "tag"
67: Michael's "I have 13 camels" persona
69: The kids had more fun playing at the park - didn't have to spend a penny!
70: We spent several days going to the beach (and putting up umbrellas)
71: Then the kids went swimming in the cold ocean! | Some reading . . . | Some soccer . . . | . . . and some rest
72: Cell phone texting and frisbee
73: Davar tore his jeans while setting up the umbrella. Now they are becoming an apron. | Always texting!!
74: The average temperature was 59 - 72 degrees during the day (depending on the fog conditions)
75: The Smith River at Jedediah campground was my favorite
76: Running away from Michael because . . . | He's swimming to get them!!
77: Samantha & Tabitha have been trying to hit Michael with rocks!!
78: Now is it Michael's turn!
80: The Howland Road
81: DAR Memorial Grove
82: Pictures taken from the jeep on the Howland Road The DAR Memorial Grove
84: Picking wild berries from side of the road
85: Picking wild berries from the side of the road
86: Riding on bikes (and scooter) around the campground
87: The river that goes through the campground (seen from the bridge opposite)
88: Davar took this picture from the walk to the Chart House. (Michael dropped us off first, then went to get the others, but he made us walk to the pier in the distance for our exercise!) It was a beautiful walk!!
89: Davar found this bottle and threw it back in. Tabby found it later after our dinner.
90: Sand Sculpture we saw while | walking to the Chart House
91: The "Note in the Bottle" that Davar threw back into the ocean on our walk. I told him that it was bad luck not to put something in it!
92: Our favorite restaurant in Crescent City. Good clam chowder and fish & chips!
93: The restaurant is on the pier. Lots of sea lions.
94: Pictures from the Chart House
95: The Boat Dock next to the Chart House
96: After dinner at the Chart House, we found a note in a bottle on the beach. Money & a note - 3 days old
97: Putting the note back in the bottle with some change
98: and as the sun sets on our vacation . .
99: It was a beautiful time of family & nature. It was also a learning time of consideration of others & respect. | Mom | The Back Cover is a picture from our campsite