This could be almost as exciting as watching other people's home movies...
In June of 1994 (boy, was it *that* long ago?) Dino and I took a trip
with our old clunker down the coast of California. We drove
down Highway 1, right along the water, all the way to San Diego. It was
very beautiful. Then we drove over to the Joshua Tree State Park. It was
HOT. (You might notice we seem to go to hot places in the summer and cold
places in the winter...) It was full of marshmellow-shaped rocks, and funny
little Joshua Trees. It was also very cool. Unfortunately, there were also
lots of LARGE BUGS, and the campsites were littered with "WARNING: Mountain
Lions" signs, so our stay was only one night.
Here's me at the Hearst Castle. This place is incredible!
Here's me in Joshua Tree Park, cooking the obligatory open-fire-mac-and-cheese
dinner, as required by International Camper's Law. Of course, since it's
an open flame, you can't just reach in to stir, so I used a plastic fork
stuck in the end of a branch to stir. I should have been an engineer...
And yes, the fork did melt a little.
I can give you more highlights,
including just how much a tent flap flapping in the wind can sound like
a mountain lion scratching on your tent.
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