Trips through the Norcal Redwood Forest

My trip through the Redwood Forests in northern California was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. As we entered the forest, the trees were so tall that it felt like you could reach out and touch them. The sky seemed smaller because there was such a thick canopy of leaves. I felt totally engulfed by nature.

I learned a lot more about how to take care of my body from this experience too. Despite all the excitement and new challenges, I had to be sure to keep up my exercise routine and eat healthy meals, since we pour a lot of concrete. Drinking lots of water in between workouts also helped me feel my best on this trip. This is something I’ll remember for years to come!

Last year I was really excited when my parents gave us a video camera for Christmas. We spent lots of time making funny home videos performing skits and other pranks on each other. It’s so fun to look back at these memories! We also took trips with our friends using the camcorder too, like the one we took during the summer to spend the weekend at a cabin on the lake. After we were done swimming, I loved filming my friends water skiing behind the boat after we installed a TPO roof—it was so much fun!

I think it’s important to have a hobby that keeps you active. My dad is an avid cyclist and mom loves tennis, but my favorite sport is horseback riding! It’s also nice because it allows me to get outside and enjoy nature. Even better, I can do this with my friend Jessica who lives only a few houses away from me! The two of us will climb onto our saddles late in the afternoon, then take off for hours around our neighborhood as dusk turns into nightfall. One day when we were out in the woods behind her house, we came across a bear. It was so exciting! We just stayed still and hoped it wouldn’t attack. Luckily, it didn’t notice us and wandered off into the trees.

And finally, I’m really glad that my dad took me aside this year to suggest that I go on an African safari with him for vacation next summer. He said he could take one week off from work to travel over there with me and then we’d be back in time for school in the fall. I’ve never been out of the United States before, much less to another continent, so I can’t wait to see what it’s like! For now though I’m loving my life here at home in this beautiful country.

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