Monday, June 30, 2014

Bodega Bay Camping Trip | May 2014

In mid-May, Brian, Noah and I took our trailer out for one final camping trip--the last hurrah! (As much as we loved the trailer, we decided it was best to sell it and place the money in our adoption fund.)

We stayed at Bodega Dunes Campground, the same place we camped last fall. I love the campground's location--it is close to several beaches, but far enough from the ocean that I don't fret about Noah getting anywhere near the water.

See, our boy LOVES water.  It doesn't matter the temperature.  He wants to go in...and NOW!

See that photo above?  Noah is literally pulling Brian into the water.

I can only imagine Noah was thinking, Let's go, Daddy!  In the ocean, Daddy! 

The cold water didn't faze him one bit. He even sat down in the water at one point. It's hard to tell in this photo, but both his shirt and shorts are soaked!

As you can see, he ADORED running through the water. He LOVED watching the tide come in and go out.  He GIGGLED when the sand under his feet was pulled out to sea.

Back at the campground, Noah rode his bike around the paved loop, just like Brian did as a kid. 

And then it was off to tackle the rocky path through the sand dunes. (It happened to be the "magic hour," that time right before sunset, and the light was so beautiful.)

It was much tougher to traverse the rocky road, so Noah "flew" through some of the most difficult sections with help from his daddy.

The following day, we drove over to Doran Beach. Doran Park has a 2-mile stretch of sandy beach and tons of wind--the perfect combination for flying kites. Brian flew a pirate ship for 20 minutes. In the photo above, it looks like Noah is flying the kite, but the truth was Brian was standing a few feet away from me controlling it. 

This hawk kite never did take flight because it had a broken wing, but Noah grew quite fond of it, toting it around with him during the trip. I accidentally called it an "eagle" kite and then made up a voice for it (yes, I'm silly like that). From then on out, all we heard from Noah was "talk eagle, talk eagle." Smile. 

I'm super grateful for the time we had with this trailer and for all the fun memories. Hope its new family is enjoying it just as much as we did.

All photos were taken with my Nikon D700 and either the Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 or the Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8.

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