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    Impromptu weekend at Angeles National Forest

    Had a day off last Friday and decided to spend some time in the morning at our local park to test out the hammocks I recently made (one for myself and my son - daughter already had one).



    Everyone enjoying the hammocks...


    Happy as ever...


    After an hour or so, the kids wanted to just go somewhere and just camp for the weekend. So off we go

    An hour or so drive we arrive at a campground in the ANF area.

    My setup for the night. Decided to sleep under the stars for the evening.


    My view from the hammock




    Kids doing their thing with rocks.


    My nephew and niece decided to join us for the weekend.


    Enjoying the afternoon fire.


    A quick dip to cool off from the heat


    "Daddy I'm cold"


    Mom and daughter just hangin' out


    Overall had a wonderful weekend just hangin' out with my family and enjoying the surroundings. Even saw a deer that evening walking past our tent and just looking around - the kids got a kick out that for sure.

    This was my first time sleeping in the hammock and it was a beautiful thing to sleep thru the night and not have backpain in the morning. My only complaint is that I didn't have a tarp over me because early Sunday evening, we were greeted by a surprise shower and I had to take down my hammock at 5AM...and I didn't really want to get up.

    Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my small TR .

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    Looks like everyone had a good time. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    Wonderful. Great pictures. I love weekends away with the family.
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    Looks like a wonderful time together! Cherish those days while the kids are still there long enough to do something with!

    Thanks for the pics!
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    Looks like a good time. And you didn't have to be airlifted!
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    Thanks everyone, we really had a great time and the kids always enjoy camping.

    @JaxHiker - Wow didn't know that happened over the weekend. We weren't that far from the Bridge to Nowhere trailhead. It is a particularly rough 9 mile trail to the bridge itself - it involves many water crossings and tons of rock navigating.

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    The bridge to nowhere trail is a great trail. Use to take some rope and harness and repel over the side of that bridge. I was just a dumb kid at the time. I miss That trail.
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    Looks great Mangus - a whole family affair! I was out in the Idyllwild area on Friday hanging with my nephew just a couple of mountain ranges away. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, and how cool that the kids are developing a relationship with the forest at such a young age.

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    I love how a simple trip to the park turned into a full blown camping trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    The bridge to nowhere trail is a great trail. Use to take some rope and harness and repel over the side of that bridge. I was just a dumb kid at the time. I miss That trail.
    That must've been fun. The bridge I think is privately owned by guys that run a bungee jumping outfit right on the bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Looks great Mangus - a whole family affair! I was out in the Idyllwild area on Friday hanging with my nephew just a couple of mountain ranges away. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, and how cool that the kids are developing a relationship with the forest at such a young age.
    I've been blessed to have kids who enjoy the outdoors. I just wished that they can fully immerse themselves with what's around them...they still need their electronics to pass the time .

    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    I love how a simple trip to the park turned into a full blown camping trip.
    I was actually surprised that it was their idea to go and not mine. I typically have to convince them to go camping with me.

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