Wednesday, June 14

Goin' Camping...

me & the redwood trees, northern california

hubs building a fire, northern california

We're heading up to the Northern California mountains to hang with Mother Nature in our VW bussy for a week. Oh how I miss the smell and feel of redwood trees. I grew up with them. They are like family to me. We have a special place we go to once a year. It's a campsite nestled in a forrest of those redwoods with a small rushing river right through it. There are hiking trails that lead deep into the woods where it ends with luscious water falls. In the opposite direction, the trails lead to a lovely beach that goes for miles along the infamous rocky cliffs. Last year we spent a lot of time searching for gorgeous sea gems to make jewelry with.

I look forward to the solace of moonlit strolls on the beach, waking early to birds singing and the sound of the rushing river. I love snuggling with my husband when he smells smoky from our campfire.

Up above are a few pictures from last year. The large trees you see behind me stretch much further into the starry sky. They are a fortress of protection and love. I love to hug them. So, I guess that makes me a tree hugger.

I will hold you all in my heart and whisper wishes into the river for each of you.

Until I return, I leave you with this quote to marinate in:

"You come to nature with all her theories and she knocks them all flat."
~ Pierre Auguste Renoir

So true...isn't it?


Blogger Deirdre said...

Oh, I love the redwoods. My favorite is Armstrong Grove, it's like a cathedral, silent and sacred. Enjoy the stillness of the trees and that smoky campfire smell.

June 14, 2006 at 9:08:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am off for a week of camping/backpacking myself on Friday. I will think of you with those huge redwoods while I lie in the vast tundra.

June 14, 2006 at 9:21:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys look for Banana slugs too? Marky and Ang were facinated with them. They would each give them a name, and later in the day swore that the new ones they saw were the same old slugs. Ahhh the memories.

The trees are amazing, beautiful and overwhelming. They always made me cry.

Have a peaceful time with Carsten. Please be careful, watch out for the bears and don't pet the racoons. ;)

I'm missing you already...love you

xxxxxxxxxoooooooooooo Darlene

June 14, 2006 at 10:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger liz elayne lamoreux said...

oh my dear friend. have fun. enjoy one another. breathe in fresh air. love one another. breathe again.

can't wait to chat when you get back.
love and hugs,

June 14, 2006 at 10:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Yolanda said...

HOpe you have a wonderful time.The redwoods are so beautiful.

June 14, 2006 at 11:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Daibh said...

Wow, that sounds cool. I'm going camping later this month, but nothing nearly so cool as redwoods.

June 14, 2006 at 11:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

I love camping, Denise, and those campfire hugs are the best. Wishing you all that is joyful on this trip, lovely girl. Gosh, I miss you already! XOXO

June 15, 2006 at 12:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Goddess Leonie * GoddessGuidebook.com said...

blessed be your journey dearheart ~
and blessed be mine...
as i too go into mama earth to be reclaimed as her child,
to be with this beautiful man,
to discover what i need to.
and... in some way, discover what i need to be.

i'm not sure why i had to write that, i just do.

my friend donna tells me she feels like i'm not going to exist in a week, that i will be a different person when i return. i feel afraid of this, and yet i have no fear, as i know it is inevitable. change and transformation always is.

love you,

June 15, 2006 at 2:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Oh I want to hug you when I see that picture......and I want to stay up late by the campfire chatting and braiding that lovely hair of yours.

Have fun darling! Soak in the smells, the earth, the sun and the time together.

Lots of love to you!

June 15, 2006 at 5:33:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun!

June 15, 2006 at 6:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amber said...

oh love, have a great time! i too love to camp which is why we were thinking about making it a permanant thing in the great NH! :) i expect to see pictures!!!

June 15, 2006 at 8:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

Have a wonderful time, my angel, snuggle up to your man and i'll speak to you when you get back ;-)

June 15, 2006 at 9:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger M said...

Have a brilliant time away, wrapped in nature and love! Redwood trees are so majestic, I love their smell.

June 15, 2006 at 9:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lita said...

I too, love the smell of my man in a smokey campfire...and what a wonderful place to be, just you and him...I hope you find a falling star tonight. Make a wish!

June 16, 2006 at 1:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger claireylove said...

Renoir had some questionable theories about painting women as passive objects though, didn't he? I much prefer your pro-active portraits!

June 16, 2006 at 8:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger nina beana said...

have a grrrrrreat trip girl.

June 16, 2006 at 9:35:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have so much fun, and find beautiful stuff to create more beautiful stuff !!!!

June 16, 2006 at 10:30:00 AM PDT  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i wanna come along...

June 16, 2006 at 11:29:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be something in the air calling us all to be in the mountains connecting with trees and smelling the pine...

I love the picture of you! And yes yes yes... there is something just scrumptious about smokey smelling man.

June 17, 2006 at 4:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger a m y said...

I hope you have a beautiful time...I must admit that I am jealous :) Take pics and have fun!

June 17, 2006 at 8:54:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you enjoyed your time in the deep forest and slept peacefully under your blanket of stars.

June 18, 2006 at 4:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

I hope your time was full of relaxation and renewal...also, I hope you hugged a few trees for me!

June 18, 2006 at 10:01:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hugged a tree yesterday. It's probably not as pretty as the ones you are around right now, but still.

June 18, 2006 at 6:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger christina said...

Oh, have fun for me... I grew up in Northern Cali and sometimes miss it something fierce. :)

June 19, 2006 at 9:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger meghan said...

i want to come too!! Have a wonderful time with all of your friends! We'll miss you! xoxo

June 19, 2006 at 10:55:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Den! I have missed you so much.

Hope all went well :)

Me however...I broke my foot last night (Monday) Now I have a lovely ski boot to wear to Ang's party :#

Call me & I'll tell you all about the clumsy experience.

love you baby sis!!!!

June 20, 2006 at 3:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss you, Boho! Have fun and come back soon!

June 20, 2006 at 4:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ali Ambrosio said...

Hi Boho,

I've been reading you for some time now and have decided on a whim to come out of lurking. I enjoy following your struggles, reading your poems, and appreciating your photos and gems.

Have a great time on your trip, and I look forward to hearing about it.

Back in New Mexico, I used to be not a tree hugger but a tree smeller. Ponderosa Pines have cracks in their bark that, if you shove your nose deep down, smell just like a vanilla cake!


June 20, 2006 at 10:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to have a favorite spot to camp but now there is a huge twenty screen movie theater there :( We have found other spots to camp, but it's just not the same!

June 28, 2006 at 11:49:00 AM PDT  

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