Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Turkey Week Vacay Pt 1: Pinnacles NP

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In our driveway... while I was loading up the van, the kiddos were looking at maps, honking the horn, eagerly waiting for our next adventure!
This year, we decided to take the week of Thanksgiving off and road trip down south.  Kimbo had never been to Joshua Tree, so that was kind of our main destination.  Then we talked to our friends Pat and Sid as well as Emily and Finn in LA and decided to stay with them as it had been a while.  Then we decided to go to Pinnacles to break up our drive to LA... and we made plans with Pat and Sid to go to the Channel Islands after Thanksgiving with them.

So here we are at Pinnacles NP.  The last time I went here it was for climbing... probably over 12 years ago.  I was quite impressed with the number of routes here and had very high expectations of the climbing... and boy was I disappointed.  The rock here is not like Yosemite.  It basically looks like a muddy washed out cliff with rocks stuck to it.  The climbing here is known for having loose holds... I think it's one of those things you learn to appreciate over time.  The andesite and rhyolite formations were formed by an ancient volcano... eroding and weathering of the exposed rock creates the impressive formations appreciated today.

This is California's newest national park, having been signed by Obama on Jan 2013.

Kiddos ready for some hikin'!
Kimbo wore matching shirt
crazy trees growing amongst the mind altering rock formations.
Kai likes to hold hands...
Nikko also holding hands with a monkey...
our camp!  There were plenty of sites open, and many of them were quite nice.  Look on Yelp to see what sites folks recommend.  There are some really nice ones, and some pairs that would be fun to get with another fam.
reheating our dinner...
Nikko learning the art of S'more cooking
walking off our desert with an evening walk/strider ride.
The next morning, we decided to go on a bigger hike.  I was a bit hesitant as this would be Kai's longest hike to date.
And it was never flat... 1300+ ft of elevation!
and quite scary.  I had to spot him a few times.  
Group pic at the top!

now for the hard part... the descent.
Currently blowing my mind:  This article on the guy trying to break the record for of the number of miles cycled in a year.  Tommy Godwin just became my hero.

  • Group Camp with a bunch of folks... the kids would love the caves, stridering around the campground, scrambling up some rocks.  
  • Maybe this'll be Kai's first multi-pitch? - Coastanoan (5.4, 4 pitches)
  • Do Brian Lucido's Adventure Run

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