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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Camping in Fort Bragg

Escaping from the city in the spring was a great distraction from life.  
We spent the weekend at Van Damme Campground just south of Fort Bragg.  There were campfires, meals outside, sleeping in tents, mosquito bites, lots of beach time, walks and relaxing.  
It was supposed to rain, but the storm never came and left us with mild temperatures all weekend.  
So Lucky.  
Here is our trip in pictures, lots of pictures of the ocean because, well, the ocean!  

 The boys did a great job helping with the tents.  

 We are going to have to figure out how to fix our tents for the next trip as the pole eyelet holders around the bottoms are starting to fray off.  We lost three on this trip.  Luckily Keith was able to rig up some zip ties to hold everything together. 
 We bought firewood from the camp host for the first night.  Unfortunately it wasn't seasoned at all and very wet so the fire never took off as it should have for light and warmth. 
 Nonetheless, there was fire during dinner. 

 A new meal for camping was grilled french bread pizzas. Easy and a major hit! 
 Saturday we went north of Fort Bragg to MacKerricher State Park

 There is a great path to walk along and see the ocean.  There is also a lot of small paths that break towards the cliffs for more exploring. 

 Native flowers! 

 Light keepers cottages that are available to stay overnight.
 Glass Beach area

 While out exploring we stopped in town and picked up dry wood bundles that work out so much better!  We had heat and flames that were great for roasting and cooking some dinner on the coals. 
 After dinner we went over to Van Damme beach for a bit

 After packing up camp in the morning we headed over to the Russian Gulch area. 

 Searching for wood to build stuff

 What they wanted to build

 After some building and falling down of structures it was time to walk and skip rocks.


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