Hope your weekend brought you blue skies and time for tea. Camping along the California coast in a Redwood Tree grove was certainly the highlight of my weekend. We just returned from our ninth annual camping trip so please excuse the brevity of this post. There is so much unpacking, washing and laundry to be done. While all of this is tiring, the actual trip was rejuvenating. Being under and among the Redwoods is simply amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading, hiking and having tea on this trip.
It almost seems impossible to capture the enormity of these amazing living creatures on film.
The smell of the sea hugged the fog in the redwood trees,
All cool and dank, dimly lit and rank with green,
And in the shadowed limbs the Stellar jays jabbered free,
And me, standing silently, an alien in this enchanted scene...
That excerpt really describes the scene of our campsite. The stellar jays are always on the lookout for the tiniest of crumbs and their shrieks demand attention. The cool weather was a welcome relief too.
Not a great photo...but seeing the morning light seeping through the trees is magical, almost spiritual.
Of course I have to have my tea while camping. Two nicer mugs of mine were broken on past trips by raccoons during the night. This mug is from a Secret Santa exchange five years ago. It survived the trip.
Nice to start the day with hot water!
This year I wanted to bring my favorite black tea which is a special blend from a local tearoom. It's called French Vanilla. It's a loose tea contained in a canister that I placed in tea bags for my trip using Tea Pockets.
These bags almost feel like cloth and can be steeped multiple times. I use them when making iced tea also. Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing a box of fifty:
Thank you for letting me share my camping trip with the oldest living creatures on earth.
Upcoming travels will soon take me to some new tea rooms and next week I'll be back to sharing a featured teacup.
Until then, happy tea and conversation~
New Redwood growth in a protected area!