If we’ve got great reminiscences of one thing, ought to we attempt to do it once more? Or can some experiences not be replicated, some locations not be revisited?
Take tenting. I’ve nice remembrances of Lady Scout camp as a baby, and tenting with a good friend’s household in Yosemite as a younger teen.
Flash ahead 20 years to tenting with my circle of relatives, together with with buddies on Mount Diablo — campfires crackling within the night time with my husband enjoying the guitar and the kids lustily singing after ending their s’mores. Even the enjoyment of rising and exiting the tent into the dewy morn.
So ought to I attempt to arrange a tenting journey with buddies? Really I’ve talked about it and the prevailing response was: Been there, finished that.
How about my daughter’s household? They’ve made a tentative begin, shopping for sleeping baggage and a tent, however up to now the gear has solely been used for dad-kid campouts of their yard. They could think about a tenting journey with Grandma — maybe I ought to provide to plan, pack and cook dinner all of the dinners.
Once we had been first married, we saved it easy. We headed off to camp at Pinnacles Nationwide Park often, loving its hikes by way of the caves. It was principally a sleeping-bags-on-the-ground affair.
A number of years later, when my husband was stationed at Beale Air Power Base outdoors Marysville, we purchased a motorbike and our tenting journeys grew to become much more fundamental — provides needed to match behind me.
On one journey to Yosemite, we woke up at daybreak to falling snow. I keep in mind stopping alongside the highway as did one other couple on a motorbike, and the man stated, “I hoped it will snow!” Biker humor. We headed for a motel and went by way of our week’s money in two nights.
We went tenting a few instances with my in-laws, Harry and Juanita Ciardelli, who lived in Pleasanton. As soon as was within the Sierra so the youthful era may go whitewater rafting, leaving the toddlers fortunately enjoying within the filth underneath their grandparents’ watchful eyes.
One other time all of us went to Lake Del Valle. My in-laws at all times introduced folding chairs, which my husband and I eschewed on the time as pointless, only one thing more to pack, however now that sounds sensible. Campgrounds might need sturdy tables and benches however they’re missing in comfortable seating.
Digging a bit deeper into my reminiscence banks, I recall the discomfort of a sleeping bag, and certainly at my age it will not be any simpler to haul myself up from the bottom. And the preparation, packing all the things wanted for consuming, sleeping, and so on. — and for a modicum of consolation.
I additionally now recall that for household tenting we needed to personal sufficient gear for a hassle-free journey, together with lanterns and a camp range. And I keep in mind returning residence to a variety of unpacking, a ton of soiled laundry and the automobile to be washed. Tenting isn’t really a trip — it’s a getaway.
Tenting near residence wouldn’t entail snow. The largest disadvantage is perhaps discovering what’s open and how one can navigate new security guidelines.
Mount Diablo State Park is permitting some tenting however warns it’s experiencing a water scarcity because the springs on the mountain have been decreased to a trickle. The water taps within the picnic and tenting areas are turned off, based on the web site, though transportable bathrooms and a hand-washing station can be found at Rock Metropolis.
At Lake Del Valle there may be NO water to make use of within the park as a brand new water system is being constructed. Day customers and campers should herald their very own water. And no swimming is presently allowed on account of unsafe blue-green algae ranges.
The water downside definitely takes the enjoyable out of it. And provides to the hearth hazard. Smoky Bear at all times saved me vigilant; nowadays I’m wondering if I might dare gentle a match.
Nonetheless, such great reminiscences. The birds who would come to research and search for crumbs, the quiet of the woods at night time apart from mysterious woodland sounds. I’m lucky to have this in my reminiscence banks.
However for my subsequent getaway, how a few good resort close to the ocean?
Editor’s word: Dolores Fox Ciardelli is Tri-Valley Life editor for the Pleasanton Weekly. Her column, “Valley Views,” seems on the second and fourth Fridays of every month.