With the last days of Summer dwindling down, we finally managed to rustle ourselves up a little camping trip! We went up north to the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area last weekend and had a great time camping at Van Damme State Park with my sister-in-law Isolde and her family and paying a visit to my father-in-law in Fort Bragg.
Yup, that's the new Stetson still perched atop my head where it spent quite a bit of time on our trip. I'm calling it my old man hat. The vintage hippie wrap skirt I found at a garage sale down the street from our house for fifty cents.
I used to have a few of these skirts that belonged to my mom back in the 70’s. I wore them in high school but sadly managed to not hold onto them over the years, so I was pretty excited to find this one. If my memory serves me correctly, I had one that was quite similar.
This vintage tee shirt with the hand-painted birds on it is a new favorite. It's super soft and perfectly worn-in. I found it recently but now I'm forgetting where, I think it was like a dollar fifty.
The bird brooch above my right jacket pocket was from the little giveaway package I received from Andrea and the sun/arrow above the other pocket is a vintage Boy Scout pin (very camping appropriate).
When we first arrived at the campsite, I had to take a picture when I caught my stretched out reflection in the wheel of our new to us, drum roll please…
Last year we borrowed my sister-in-law Zoe’s teardrop trailer at the end of the summer for our Pacific Northwest roadtrip and have wanted one of our own ever since. Lucas started diligently searching online for one about six months ago (and by diligently, I mean obsessively).
Finding one that we liked in good condition at a reasonable price, somewhere that didn’t require going out of state to pick it up, turned out to be easier said than done though. We finally went ahead and sold The Duck and within a weeks time, this trailer turned up on Craigslist only a few hours away and at a pretty decent deal.
Of course Lucas was on it right away and now we've taken it on its maiden voyage and couldn’t be happier with it!
Along with being compact and easy to tow in comparison to the bulky tent trailer, one nice thing about the new trailer is that there’s no set up to deal with when you get to camp, so we were able to just park it and head right off for a stroll out to the beach. Beautiful cove-like beach that it was!
Isolde and family showed up with their tent trailer and got the campsite right next door. When we returned from the beach, Clover and her twin cousins Quinlan and Lucia turned the teardrop into a cozy reading nook…
… and then prettied up the parking posts with some chalk :)
Following a yummy dinner of grilled chicken burritos prepared by Isolde and Jonas at their site, we bundled the kids up in the tent trailer to watch a little DVD on the laptop while the grown ups relaxed around the campfire.
Ok, so we weren't exactly roughing it on this trip ;)
The next morning we awoke to pumpkin pancakes… mmm.
As usual, I took way too many pictures so stay tuned for more from day two!