Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Boulder Basin

Saturday we went camping again.

This time, Boulder Basin. It's about 20 miles from Idylwild, 8 miles up the 243 and 5 1/2 miles up a dirt road. I really thought no one would be up there. We saw one other person the road, and it felt like we were going nowhere. But we were far from the only ones there, almost every site was occupied - with families. Lots of kids. Screaming kids. A forest service guy was explaining that kids turn into werewolves when you get them outside, and it's true, I saw it.

Boulder Basin turned out to be very beautiful. And the views, amazing.



Justin trying to be dangerous, as always...








The last photo is a note we found on the ground, on a trail. It had a wilted and withered balloon attached. We took a photo of the area that we found the balloon (over 7000 feet up!) and we are going to send them a letter.

My aunt Laura is currently in a convalescent home so this touched my heart. Laura has brain cancer, she is only 41, she is there for rehabilitation. We went to visit her on the way home from Boulder Basin. While there we met Betsy, who is 99 years old. She loves to talk, and likes to stare out the window at passing cars. She is NINETY NINE years old, I wish she could tell us stories about what it was like to grow up in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and so on. But poor Betsy, she has a hard time remembering an hour ago. But she is still funny. We were watching the cars go by and she said, "It went right on by, out the side of my eye to the back of my head."

6 comments:

jada said...

I am in total awe of your photograghs! What camera/lens do you use? Thanks!

Amanda Mae said...

HI Jada. I use a Canon 5D.. with the lens it comes with 24-105mm. :)

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

what is about boys and rocks? My man always has to boulder up and be dangerous too!
lovely view.

Shannalee said...

I am so touched by that balloon note, thinking about someone who can't leave a building, sending something out into the air to be found by people who are camping and walking and taking in natural beauty all around them, to send a letter back. That is just beautiful.

Lainey Seyler said...

that is so cool you found that balloon string.

Randy said...

Wow, that view is amazing! Erin and I go camping up in idyllwild every year for thanksgiving. We love that place so much.