If you noticed, I wasn't around much last week. That's because I was beyond the reach of technology. I headed up to visit my family. No, no, they have internet. But we all went camping together at a state park, and it had no internet or cell phone reception. Honestly, I didn't mind that much. Every so often, it's nice to take a bit of time off from technology.
Plus we were camping in the redwoods at a favorite spot we've been camping at as a family for years. I hadn't been for a couple myself, so it was good to be back.
The weather was perfect. A bit chilly at night, but upper 70's during the day. I loved it.
And when I say my family, I do mean everyone. It was a chance to try out Mom and Dad's new trailer, and my brother, sister-in-law, and niece came along as well. That meant I got to sleep on the couch that folds into a bed. I was in the middle of the trailer with no permanent place to put anything, but it worked.
We went on a couple of hikes a day and played lots of games. I never came in last on Spiral Down, and I even won a game. We got apple pies from a nearby fruit stand two nights. Man are they delicious.
And I got to see my niece! Yes, she's still incredibly cute. And yes, she still loves her Uncle Mark very much, a feeling that is mutual.
All told, we had a great time. My brother and I left early - he had to go back to work, and I had to come back to be ready for Tough Mudder. That made a long day driving down. But overall, the trip was well worth taking.