Within our first month of living in Monterey, we met five Aggies totally randomly. So when Aggie Muster rolled around last weekend, we were really excited to meet more.
We spent most of the afternoon getting to know a really nice couple, Jim and Amanda, from about 40 minutes north of here. A few days after Muster, Amanda messaged me asking if we wanted to get together this weekend.
Our original plan was to go strawberry picking, but after Amanda talked to some farms and found out that the strawberries aren’t quite ready yet, she suggested that we go for a hike through the redwood forest.
We picked Amanda and Jim up yesterday morning and headed out to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As soon as we pulled up to the park ranger booth, we heard a loud train whistle. Jim and Amanda had forgotten that Roaring Camp Railroads butted right up to the state park. So of course the two little kids (and maybe a few big kids) wanted to check it out.
We got to the ticket counter just in time to buy tickets and board the 11am train pulled by the Sonora Shay Engine #7, built in 1911.
Yeah, that’s right – oooooooold.
And the trees weren’t just big around. They were super duper tall too. One of the tallest trees in the park stands at about 270 feet – almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Hickernell)
Charlotte was determined to touch this thing, and though I finally pulled her away from it, she kept searching for more over the fence every time we stopped.
What an awesome day exploring the redwoods by rail and by foot. Thanks to Jim and Amanda for showing us around!