This past weekend, Clay and I took his roommates and Ronnie into the redwoods for an overnight camping trip at one of California's first recreational camping sites, Camp Taylor. Since it was located in Marin County north of San Francisco, we started off the day with a quick visit to the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason Center to visit Kirstie and her card shop, A Jar of Pickles! After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we made one more stop at Lagunitas Groceries & Delicatessen to get some sandwiches and oreo milkshakes for a late lunch. This little grocery at Lagunitas Station was just a few minutes drive from the entrance of the state park (and had an old piano inside as well as tents for sale for the unprepared).
After setting up camp at Campsite #33, Brian decided to study Galatians to prep for his sermon (his workspace pictured above), while the rest of us went on an afternoon hike (all other pictures included above from the hike)! We started by walking down the Ox Trail for about 1.5 miles and found ourselves at a bridge as well as some nearby steps that lead down to a tiny swimming hole where a couple families were relaxing. We also found a plaque that marked the old paper mill site, Pioneer Paper Mill, built by Samuel Penfield Taylor in 1856. It was the first paper mill built on the Pacific Coast and was closed by The Depression of 1893. Continuing onward with our afternoon hike, we took the South Creek Trail along the Lagunitas Creek back up to the park's campfire center and our campsite.
Overall, I think Samuel P. Taylor is a very friendly and chill camping location for families and friends. There is a beautiful redwood grove nearby the entrance that would be great for picnics and day visitors. The park has plenty of hiking trails, the longer ones being Devil's Gulch Trail and the road to Barnabe Peak's Fire Lookout, which would probably be nicer to hike on cooler days or during the fall/winter seasons. This trip, I definitely enjoyed their shorter and more leisurely paths through the redwood trees. I also loved just sitting around the campfire sharing Never Have I Ever stories, random current event trivia, excitedly spotting small scurrying chipmunks, and shooing away blue-feathered stellar jay birds!
Just capturing as I go.