Our weekend at Mare Island was a spur of the moment getaway for the family as our recently grown children and college-attending son made their way home for the weekend at the same time. To celebrate being together and my daughter's birthday, we decided to try out a "glamping" adventure as first time yurt visitors! The yurt was both cute and comfy (with the warmest, colorful blankets ever), and perfectly fit our family of five. The fully stocked dining and stove area made it very easy for some family meals without the hassle of hauling everything in ourselves. A very clean port-a-potty was a short distance away. Myrna was there to give us a friendly welcome, too, and prepared everything we needed (including plenty of water, a bottle of wine, and lawn chairs.) Turns out...All we needed to bring was our curious selves.
The preserve proved to be a unique, historical, and easy way to get outdoors for some interesting day hikes. There was just enough balance between feeling like we "owned the place" and sharing space with day visitors, but the tennis court was tucked away to give us the comfort of some solitude, too. The slice of history while adventuring along the trails was an interesting break in the otherwise monotony of other nature hikes. The only downside of our weekend adventure, and of this we all agree...the recent rains made the mosquitoes way too plentiful. Myrna left us a good supply of mosquito repellent, but the girls, in particular, were still eaten alive. We'll be back, but next time I'm sure the girls will be dressed in whatever mosquito armor they can find. Despite the little winged onslaught, we all had a great time.
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