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On our trip to the Redwoods back in 2004, the only large community in California that we visited was Crescent City.  Here’s a picture of Layne lugging Mikaela around at the playground we visited.

picture of Layne and Mikaela at playground
Layne & Mikalea at Crescent City playground

The one lingering memory that I have of Crescent City was how grimy it was, with lots of garbage around.  It was definitely a change from the Oregon communities that we were vacationing in.

And since you are wondering where the real scenery pictures are (since I took so many of them), here’s another one…

picture of road through the redwoods
Road meets Redwood


A couple of hours into the 2004 trip to the redwoods, we stopped at a park (the voice in my head is telling me it was something like “Humbug Mountain State Park”, but that could be not quite right).  I think we stopped for lunch and a bathroom break, and to wade in the stream.

Here is a picture of Dad and Heidi-girl…

picture of Heidi
Heidi getting some help walking

Hurrah for Aunt Marta, as she has provided a whole bunch of additional pictures from the Dunebuggy day back in September 2004, including a couple of them with me in it (that’s not so much the hurrah part – as seeing some pics of it that I haven’t seen before).  So, here they are, along with a couple of interspersed remembrances.

picture of Danaya in dune buggy
Driving Lesson...

I had noticed this in one of the pictures earlier, but it wasn’t as obvious as it is in this one.  Danaya was a little too short to reach the gas and brake pedals, so the people who rented us the dune buggy also provided a thick piece of foam, which Danaya had behind her back.  This allowed her to operate the dune buggy reasonably comfortably.

picture of Danaya shielding eyes
Danaya driving, Dad on foot
picture of Danaya in dune buggy out on the dunes
Danaya on the dunes

From the parking lot, there was a sanded ramp up to the dunes (and on the way back, down from the sand dunes).  On the first run that Danaya and I did (I think the runs out onto the dunes and all the way to the beach probably lasted about 30 minutes or so), we were on our way back.  At the bottom of the ramp is a stop sign, where the ramp intersects with the road leading to the parking lot.   I was in the lead, and obediently stopped.  Danaya zoomed right by me out into the parking lot, being blissfully unaware of the stop sign.  Thankfully there wasn’t any traffic going by at the same time.

picture of Rett in dune buggy on beach
Rett on the beach
picture of Rett making faces
Rett on the beach, making faces
Ben on a quad
Ben going too fast for road conditions
picture of Lori in dune buggy
Lori's turn (at the end of the day)
picture of Dad and Daelynn on quad
Daelynn gets a (short) ride
picture of Dad and Mikaela on quad
Mikaela gets a parking lot ride
picture of Huber family after dunebuggy day
End of day, getting ready to shut down

Other recollections?  It was a really fun day.

I think we’ve covered everyone who was driving dune buggies on said September day in 2004 (except for Ben, who surprisingly enough did not take any pictures of himself).  Here’s a picture of the youngest person there to don a helmet, Mikaela, who was having problems seeing out of the helmet, let alone over the dashboard.

picture of Mikaela steering dune buggy
Mikaela looking over the dashboard

I do have one more picture of Danaya that I want to post along with a couple of stories, but I’ll leave that one for tomorrow.

Daelynn was too young to drive the dune buggy.  Following is a picture of her posing in the dune buggy, but not going anywhere.  I love this picture of Daelynn (but not as much as I love Daelynn).

Picture of Daelynn in the dune buggy
Daelynn, wearing a too large helmet

Aunt Marta was with us for our dunebuggy/quad day back in September of 2004.  As mentioned in one of the earlier posts, she and I (Ben) took turns on the quad, while Layne, Rett, and Danaya took turns with the dunebuggy.

Picture of Aunt Marta riding a quad in the Oregon dunes
Marta on the quad

I think that is Marta’s Hummer in the background…

Day 3 of our “dune-buggy adventure from 2004” coverage, and next up is Layne.

I have a vague recollection that Layne would have preferred to be driving the quad, but that the rental company would not allow people under 16 years of age to drive quads.  So, he was relegated to the dune buggy for the day.  No misadventures on Layne’s part if I recall correctly, although I didn’t get many pictures of him in the dune buggy.

Picture of Layne driving a dune buggy in 2004
Layne leaving the parking lot

Following along with the flashback to the 2004 Dunebuggy day, we present this picture of Rett, who would have been 11 years old at the time.

Picture of 11 year old Rett driving dune buggy
Rett the buggier

Those of you who:

  • read the prior post with Danaya driving a dunebuggy
  • are observant

may have looked at the above picture and recalled that:

  • we only rented one dune buggy
  • that the dune buggy Danaya was driving was red in color, while the one Rett was driving is not red, but is in fact a distinct shade of green.

Are you wondering why that is the case?  Well, let me give my recollection of the story, and maybe others (Rett, Marta?) could fill in the rest.

Late in the first half of the day rental, Rett was driving the dune buggy and Marta was leading with the ATV.  At one point going along a narrow trail through some taller grass, Marta realized that Rett was no longer behind her.  Upon turning around and going back, she eventually found him.  He had somehow managed to back the dune buggy over a small cliff (by small, I think we’re talking about 4 feet), landed it on the back of the roll cage, snapped off the flag, and either temporarily knocked him out, or gave him a minor concussion.

We nursed the dune buggy (this being the green one) back to the rental place, and they gave us a different one (this being the red one) for the rest of the day.  Apparently people crack these things up quite often and it wasn’t too unusual.  (That and I think that this was mid-September and they didn’t have too many other customers that day).  Rett survived the day without further mishap.

Just for fun, I want to start posting some pictures, going years back in our family archive.

First up is this picture from 2004.  The setting is Reedsport, a ways north of Coos Bay, Oregon, where there is a large area of sand dunes.  We spent an exorbitant amount of money and rented a dune buggy and an ATV for an entire day.  Layne, Rett and Danaya took turns with the dune buggy, while Aunt Marta and myself split time on the ATV.  One of the real high-lights was that one of the trails led to the ocean beach, and you could drive up and down it, although were not allowed to go into the surf (something about the salt water).

So, here is a picture of Danaya, driving the dune buggy on the beach.  At the time of the picture, she would have been 8 years old.

picture of Danaya driving a dune buggy, Oregon coast
Danaya the dunebuggier