Today we woke up to find the trash was all over the lawn. David snapped this photo of a coyote eating some scraps.
That would be fine and good if that's all it was. However, the coyote didn't get into the trash. He just ate the leftovers. The big pile of bear scat by the trashcan told us who started it. That's kind of scary. We were all sitting in the living room when a big black animal walked in. I almost soiled my pants. It was the dog next door named Chai. He came for a snack. I love how the dogs just roam around and visit people.
We decided to head up to The Knob. It's the mountain right by their house. We took one direction up and another down. We passed some deer on the way to the trailhead.
Then, we passed a banana slug. I'm not sure which end is his head.
Aunt Paula picked us some wild huckleberries along the way.
The trail was so cool and made out of the coolest trees and limbs.
Emily walked over this log. Now, it looked pretty safe, but if she fell, it was a decent drop off that log. It looks worse in the picture. Uncle Terry and Aunt Paula's kids did it when they were 3. Emily did it no problem. Ben didn't want to.
There was this giant tree.
Noah hitched a ride the whole way up the mountain. I was telling David this is the first time we didn't take a stroller on a trip. I didn't realize David IS the stroller.
Some of these trees were so cool. They were cut down and a new tree was growing on top of it.
This tree has 1 base with two trees growing out of it. A fern and cedar. Pretty neat.
There were lots of steps going up.
The views were amazing.
This was a nice photo of Ben and Noah playing. Then, we realized Noah sharted in his underwear. Wow, that was fun! Let's just say that we buried a pair of poopy underwear on the top of The Knob. My motto is typically leave only footprints, take only memories when it comes to wilderness. We had nothing to take these down the hill. No options.
There was a cool tree that people put initials in. David got right on that.
He put an EG for Emily and then a DG. I pouted what about me? And he said the DG was for David and Gina. Awww... He's a quick thinker!
On the way down, Noah got a ride on his "stroller".
The way down is almost 350 steps. My butt will be feeling that tomorrow!
We came home and relaxed for a bit. Aunt Paula took the kids to the beach and we ran to the grocery store. We met them up at the beach for a bit. On the way home, we stopped for some blackberries. They grow wild everywhere. No wonder the bears like it here.
We went for Chinese food tonight. It was so good. Noah was trying to pick up steak with his chopsticks.
He finally gave up and used his fingers.
Then, we went for gelato again tonight. We couldn't resist.
Tomorrow, we are going to a sand castle competition and fair in another city. More good times...
I was just finishing up this post and a deer just jumped through their garden in their backyard. The wildlife here is CRAZY!!!!