We went to the coast last weekend and we all had a blast! The grandkids had never seen the ocean, and it was so fun to see them discover a whole new world. We were also within driving distance of the Redwood National Forest and my daughter-in-law had never seen trees that big, so there were discoveries all around. You can see some of the photos in the slide show in the sidebar. We just decided to go at the last minute and packed up and left. We had no plans and no supplies, but we had a ball. Everyone was so nice and our tent neighbors shared their firewood with us, and I got to taste fresh crab! The closest I had ever come to crab was imitation until last Saturday, and there is absolutely no comparison! We got to watch the crabbers work their crab pots, too, and I think the next time we go (oh yes, there WILL be a next time) we are going to buy a crab pot for ourselves and try our hand at it.
Saturday morning, before we left, we participated in a really fun event, the Gold Hill Milk Carton Race (although they were really milk jugs, not cartons). The boats were put into the Rogue River at the Gold Hill Bridge and sailed down river to the Lazy Acres RV Resort, where we had a big BBQ and waited for the boats to come in. We had a lot of fun making them and sailing them, and I think that next year we might build a manned boat! There was only one this year, and it was cool. They had lawn chairs and a big umbrella and an oar in case they got stuck. They fished as they floated down the river and had a good time. They started after all the little boats were put in the water but they got there first.