We had a meet this past weekend at Mendocino National Forest in Northern California. Justin, Kyle and myself drove up early on Friday morning to scout out a camp location, it was about a 3 1/2 hour drive north. The drive went quick enough, lots of really great views and not many cars sharing the road with us.
A few shots from the drive in:
We stopped to take some pictures and Justin went off to relieve himself, next thing we know he’s yelling at us. He found a HUGE score of obsidian, some of the pieces were 3 feet in diameter. We grabbed a few pieces and pressed onward.
Justin with some of the obsidian, every piece of dark rock on the ground here is obsidian
The obsidian continued down the other side of the hill too, its hard to make out but it makes up all of the rocks in the drainage.
We get to the area we gave coordinates too, parked the jeep and headed off to find a suitable camping site. We wanted to stay close enough to the road so we could head the other members honk when they arrived, so we picked a spot down a little hill just off the road.
Here is camp a little after our shelters were built.
In a forum post I saw recently, there was a tarp shelter I saw that I wanted to try, so that’s what I slept in this weekend. It worked out really well, very room and easy to set up.
Not much later a few more people arrived and right away everyone started to get to know each other.
Dark came quick enough, and we all huddled around the fire. Lots of stories and laughs were had. The first night it got down into the high 20’s, I slept in a 35 degree sleeping bag with a wool blanket on top of me, I was warm enough.
Early the next morning Mike arrived at camp, it was nice to meet some more forum members and see everyone’s different styles and approaches to camping. I learned a lot just by observing everyone.
Here is Justin cutting down a tree, they were taking turns hacking at this thing for 25 minutes, there was a chainsaw on deck too but where is the fun in that.
Back at camp, everyone getting to know each other. 918victors wife and son came down and brought chicken for everyone (thanks again, it was delicious!)
Justin, Kyle, and myself went off on a little scout around camp in the afternoon, the area we were camping in was fairly new growth, just over the ridge there were massive pines.
There was a little rock outcropping that gave a great view of the snow capped mountains in the distance.
We got back to camp and conversed for a few hours, 918victor and his friends had to leave so we said our goodbyes and there were only 4 of us left. After they left we started the firewood game, the entire day was very cold so we knew at night it would get pretty cold. We made a fairly large fire and all hung out around it. Everyone brought a lot of food so we pigged out, lots of bannock was made, bacon, eggs, hotdogs, ramen… there wasn’t a point someone wasn’t cooking something for most of the night. I whipped up another batch of my boil baked muffins, these things are excellent.
It got down to 19 at night, I woke up to go to the bathroom and stoke the fire at around 5am, it was bone chilling cold out. I hopped back in the sack and slept for a couple more hours. When I woke up Mike had the fire going and was making coffee. Kyle woke up shortly after.
We gathered a bit more firewood, made some breakfast and packed up camp. All in all it was a great trip, I had a blast and met some really cool people. I hope to do this again real soon. I’m sure there will be more pics added by others who went as well. Thanks for looking.