It is Miriam's one day of the year when she can say what we can do as a family. This girl - who does not talk a lot but when she opens her mouth everyone laugh because of the unexpected eloquence, wit and humor - turned fourteen! To Calaveras Big Trees we went camping - again. Seven years ago we already did the same things in the same place and at the same time. It was a déjà vu.
We hiked the Lava Bluffs Trail which is somewhat difficult for us but who wold have thought that we all had fun and mostly laughing all the way. Hot and sweaty afterwards, we proceeded to the Stanislaus River. The water was very cold and clear. The rocks were warm and served as a place of refuge whenever we felt really cold from the water.