Max and JJ roast marshmallows at the park's evening campfire program
When the men came back for lunch Saturday noon, Roger wanted a beer. We had placed all our drinks in a separate cooler (pop, and water, but mostly beer). Roger started looking for the cooler, but it was nowhere to be found. We looked around our campsite, in both cars, and tried to remember when we'd last seen it. Finally Roger glanced up into the hills near our campsite, and something caught his eye. It was the white lid of our cooler. He found our cooler up on the hill. The water and pop were still inside, but there was no beer! We couldn't believe that someone would steal a cooler full of beer. Roger and Dale thought it was probably some kids that snuck into our campsite late at night. The funny thing was, Bear was asleep in our tent, and we didn't hear a peep from him!
The men and dogs take shelter from the rain
Sunday, the guys went fishing, and Bear and I took a run up on the Tam-a-Lau trail. I was registered for a half marathon the following week, and needed to get some running in. I ran 7 miles, and totally wore out Bear. The trail up on the plateau was interesting to run. However, after making two loops, I was ready to be done!
The rain never fully let up all night. We had a soggy dinner and campfire. It rained hard all night, but luckily it let up by morning. We woke up Monday morning, packed up our wet gear and headed for home.
There is a really neat area of unusual rock formations west of the Cove Palisades State Park. It is unofficially called "Balancing Rock" by the locals. The trail is not marked, so you have to have directions to find it. I'd visited the area two years ago, and really wanted to go back. So I convinced Roger to take me there while we were camping nearby.
I'm kind of rusty in my geology, but it appears these unusual rocks formed by a softer rock layer eroding under a layer of harder rock. I'm not sure why the erosion happened the way it did in this isolated area and nowhere else nearby. Whatever the case, these rocks are amazing examples of nature at work.
I'm glad this area is not well known. If it was, I think some people would destroy these natural wonders. So I'm not disclosing any more information on the whereabouts of balancing rock.
The lupine was also blooming nicely. I found a couple of patches of the bright purple flowers.
Although the weather wasn't as great as we hoped, and we lost a case of really good beer, it was still a successful campout. It was good to see Dale and his family. We always have a good time with them. The first camping trip of the year reminds me that summer is right around the corner. I'm ready for summer - bring it on!