We were invited up to visit a lovely cabin in Miranda Ca the day after Christmas. Sarah's (Red's brothers girlfriend) parents, Cathy and Don, have a cabin there right near a beautiful river. It is about 4 hours away so it was a little nutty of us to try to do this in one day. But, I wanted to try it. I wanted to do something that a family with typical kids might do. So, we got up early, packed up and left with gramma and the kids. Three stops later, we got there around 11:45am. What a beautiful location! We were greeted by four dogs which the kids loved. We went in and started on some mimosas! We had a lovely lunch on the deck (homemade tomato soup and homemade pizza), then walked down to the river. Uncle MT tried out his new fishing waders and showed Nolan how to fish. Nothing was biting as the river is very low. Avery had a blast trying to walk into the water and laughing at us as we chased her back from the shore.
We went back up to the cabin and relaxed for a bit before heading to Founders Grove-a beautiful section of Humboldt State Park with the most glorious Redwoods. It was a little excursion that Ill remember forever. It is one of those things I would shy away from because of Avery. Of course, she loved it and was so good. She enjoyed running through the forest on the soft pine needles, through the fine mist that was making her hair curlier and curlier. We went inside trees, Nolan climbed on logs and jumped off of them. I took a million pictures. It was lovely. A lovely day with lovely people who all accept Avery for who she is-which is always a gentle reminder for me to do the very same. I love it when that happens.