I had a great this time weekend hiking/camping. There were 6 of us: moi, [[http://www.crhc.uiuc.edu/~gaonkar/|Shravan]], [[http://www.cs.duke.edu/~grit/|Laura]], Yin, Ginger and Ryan.
We left Friday evening and camped out at [[http://employeeprograms.hp.com/little-basin/|Little Basin]]. My camping experience this time was much better than the lastâ€”the camp site was much more like the traditional camping ground I had in mind, there werenâ€™t too many people around, the jungle was lush and dense, the weather was nice, it wasnâ€™t hot or dry and we even had an interesting incident with a racoon!
I also learnt a lot about traditional camping practices here in the USâ€”like sâ€™mores or the common breakfast and lunches people have, or quickly setting up a tent and so on.
On Saturday we drove to the [[http://www.bigbasin.org/|Big Basin State Park]] and hiked on an eight mile trail (actually we looped across walking on one trail the first half and coming back through a second one on the latter half). There were some nice waterfalls on the way, and we had a good time walking and talking and lunching together.