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renniekins
renniekins
Big Basin Redwood Forest
Yesterday I went with SGT, his wife, and a friend of theirs to see Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It was really great! I remember as a little kid I went on a family vacation in which we went to a redwood park somewhere, but I haven't seen any since. The redwoods were awesome to behold, true giants, some as old as 2000 years.

The weather was perfect for t-shirts and jeans, excellent hiking weather. First we went on a fairly short "educational" hike, where we learned some stuff about nature. We tried to be good environmentalists and stay on the path, but it was very challenging. The trees were just calling us to come, play, explore. So I admit we did go check out a few.

It was fascinating, a lot of the trees had been damaged by fire during their thousand-some-year existance. A lot of the bottoms were completely hollowed out, with gaping caves the size of my college dorm room, but the trees continued living and growing despite this.

Next we had a little lunch, then we went on a longer hike, about 3 miles. Here we saw many more redwoods, a little waterfall, and a "slippery rock". The slippery rock had a memorial, which concerned us, but it turned out to not be a memorial to the souls who'd lost their lives sliding off slippery rock.

This hike ended as dark was falling, so we drove back down the long winding road off the mountain.

Later that evening we had a fabulously huge meal at La Fondue in Saratoga. Charming decorations, and positively wonderful food!

I did have one unfortunate mishap yesterday. After lunch I was heading to the bathroom. I set down my waterbottle and, turning away, my arm swung down and hit my leg. I felt something caught between my hand and leg, then little crawly insect legs clinging to my hand. I quickly started to shake my hand, but before I could I felt a sharp stinging pain in my palm.

I looked at my hand and there was a bee stinger, still embedded in the fleshy part of my palm just under where the index and middle finger begin. The bee was gone, but there was still part of a bee-butt attached to the stinger. Also, in one of the more disgusting things I've ever seen, the bee butt was still wiggling back and forth.

It was in my right hand, and I am right-handed. I didn't want to accidentally break off the stinger, so I asked K if she could remove it for me. She was a little worried though, because she thinks she may be allergic, so she didn't want to touch it. She tried pulling it out with a leaf, but that wasn't working. So we wandered off to find SGT. After looking around for a few moments we found him, and he successfully extricated the stinger from my hand. My hero!

Fortunately I am not allergic, so it wasn't a big problem. My hand got fairly puffy, but I kept it elevated and it didn't bother me too much during our hike. Today the top of my palm (and even a little bit on the back of my hand!) is still somewhat swollen, and it hurts to move my index finger much. But it's getting better. I'm glad it happened at the beginning of the trip, because I'm not sure how easy synchro would be...grabbing or holding things is still pretty painful! Good thing I've got several days to heal.

We decided afterward that every adventure needs at least one injury to be exciting though, so I was just the one to take the fall for the group. That's okay: one bee sting is a fair trade for a day of such fun!
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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: October 13th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Although the redwoods et al sound great, I'm so glad you didnt have a camera with you. Because that wiggly bee sting thing would have been just a tad too much for me . . .
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 13th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee hee... yes, she would have probably taken not just a picture but a video of it wiggling.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 14th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I did have my camera, but the situation was frankly too disturbing for even MY morbid mind to think of photographing it!
dreadpiratesiri From: dreadpiratesiri Date: October 13th, 2003 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
wait... SGT, K... is this the SGT and K that I would be thinking of?
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 13th, 2003 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. We met SGT when P came out here. I liked SGT much better than P, and we were really disappointed that SGT wasn't coming again... (er... before we met you, yeah, that's it, before I met you, and realized what a great minion you are to be a minion of!) heheheh. (Grin, wink, and run away!)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes indeedy, the very same. They are great hosts!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 13th, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah!
sounds great!!! thanks for sharing the fun!
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: October 13th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ouch...

I'm sorry you got that bee sting there...hopefully it'll heal up as fast as it got there. I've been stung by a bee before (of course, I inadvertantly stepped on its home...maybe it was a hornet)...so I can see WHY they did it...;)

Just glad you're OK and that you're not allergic. And the redwoods are awesome. I went there when I was in northern California with the folks many moons ago. :)

Glad to hear that you're having fun. Are you taking pictures?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 14th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ouch...

Yep, brought my camera...will download them and post some when I return!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 13th, 2003 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! SGT is my hero! SGT is the best! Give him a big hug for healing you and my best wishes and say sorry I couldn't see him this trip... the redwoods and hiking sounds really fantastic, I've never done that, I'm glad you got a chance to do it... really really nifty. Bill took me to La Fondue on a trip out there years ago, I think I've probably told you about it, it was great... difficult to not eat way too much, even with lots of people to share with.

Have a great time, and you'll do great, we're all really proud of you back here. I took S to lunch today like you suggested, and you're her idol, she considers you famous now.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 14th, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you mucho muchly. (:
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 15th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
You're wery welcome.
anderale From: anderale Date: October 13th, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
*covers eyes* ew ew ew ew wiggling bee butt. ew ew ew!
I'm a weenie.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 14th, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it was pretty disturbing. Just glad it's gone now!
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