Last week when I was working on my list of New Years Resolutions the first item I put down was to keep exploring. Having been so adventurous in 2016, I had found something within me that contained a deep passion for exploring the world around me. This doesn’t mean hopping on a plane to go half way around the world all the time, but rather the ability to keep exploring anything from within my own city, to the state I live in and everywhere in between. I just want to get out my camera and see things, feel new experiences and live life through amazing memories rather than material things.
If you watched my Instagram stories from a week or two ago, you know that I’m on some sort of purging / minimalist kick and am getting rid of things that are cluttering my life. I want to feel free and not tied down by “things.” Thus, when we were sitting on the couch on the Saturday before New Years, we felt the urge to start off the New Year doing something fun. Thankfully I keep all my past issues of Sunset Magazine and laying right on the coffee table was the July edition featuring the new Autocamp located along the Russian River in Sonoma. I called them up the next morning and booked a 3-night stay departing in a just a few days. That’s right, we were heading 7 hours north to stay in an Airstream trailer nestled under a canopy of Redwood trees right in the heart of wine country.
The Autocamp property consists of 23 customized Airstream trailers (that are ridiculously beautiful inside), a handful of crazy cool tents and a lodge featuring a common area with an indoor fire pit, coffee bar, game tables and lounge area. Each of the Airstream lots come with an outdoor table setting and individual fire pit to get your s’more game on point. Basically it’s the coolest outdoor retreat I’ve ever seen! Did I also mention they love dogs ?? Yep, little Miss Dexie got to come along on our adventure to the north woods!
Unfortunately, as luck would have it, it rained the ENTIRE time. There is a special ambiance to rain and for the most part I actually really enjoyed the change in weather and got to wear my Sorel boots and rain jackets and just made the most of it. I wish we would have been able to experience using the fire pits and the overall outdoor living aspect of the property, but rain can’t stop you from wine tasting!
Here’s a peek at the lodge which definitely came in handy when on the second night the power went out in the entire town due to a crazy storm that blew through. There were a handful of us sitting along the fire that was burning only Duraflame logs & sipping on wine and braving the storm since the lodge was only protected on 2 sides with large vinyl curtains anchored to the floor. We were making due with lanterns & meeting new friends when all of a sudden the wind was so strong that it snapped the anchors and we had overselves a good ol’ clusterf*ck.
I grabbed my wine, a lantern, an umbrella and the dog and we hustled our way back to the trailer to listen to the “tink, tink, tink” of rain and wind all night long. I was just hoping this trailer was anchored somehow to the ground because I won’t lie when I say that there were moments I wasn’t so sure about being in a “mobile” unit during this sort of storm. All was good though & the memories will last a lifetime!
Due to the rain I couldn’t bring my camera out too much, but I was able to snap some photos while we were at the La Crema Estate new wine tasting lodge. That is a BEAUTIFUL property and I can only imagine how much better it gets when the sun is out and you can utilize the outdoor features of the lodge.
We ended up having a great wine tasting experience & took home a few bottles to enjoy later.
I was not driving this far north and missing out on experiencing a hike in the Redwoods forest! On the 3rd day it cleared up in the morning and we set out to wander Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve which is just a few miles away from the Autocamp.
Even looking back just a few days later at the pictures I captured I’m still in awe at the beauty of the Redwoods. They are majestic in size, the forest is full of moss covered branches and an abundance of ferns growing under the canopy of the trees. I often stood in one place and took a moment to soak in all 360° of what I was surrounded by. Our souls need to be surrounded by nature & we can’t overlook the experience of what it is to walk through a forest like this.
If there is one place to add to your own Keep Exploring list of things to do this year, I must recommend a trip to hike through a Redwoods forest!
Despite the unfavorable weather it really was the perfect way to kick off the New Year. Playing with what nature gives us from sleeping in a luxury Airstream trailer to tasting wines grown in one of the world’s greatest regions to hiking amongst the Redwoods, it was the perfect trip.
What plans do you have to explore this year?
Keep Living a Stylized Life.