In order to get the family more involved in my current passion, backpacking, I arranged a short intro trip to Arroyo Seco in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. We drove up on Friday afternoon stopping at Diego's Taco Shop in Alpine for a quick dinner (good food, by the way). We got to Green Valley around 6:30p, registered at the entry station and parked at the picnic area. It was a quick but vigorous hike uphill for the 1.5 miles to camp. The pump is broken at Arroyo Seco so we all carried extra water. After getting to camp, we setup tents, tarps and bedrolls (for us cowboy campers). We talked and laughed for a while as dusk settled in. It is amazing how kids react in the wild! The night started out very pleasant with millions of starts. It ended up getting very windy however. The morning started warn so we quickly packed up and headed back down to the car. It was a short trip but a very good harbinger of things to come.