The shine of water from the creek made the light on the redwood trees dance near the campgrounds. This, combined with the birds warbling at their loudest, gave Stephanie a clear signal that it was time to get up. Stretching out, she shook out her limbs to get some motion and activity into them before getting on her jeans and her loose fitting flannel and stepping outside.
Maria and Toby had already gotten up, now prodding and poking the logs in the fire pit to try and kick start the fire. She gave them a friendly wave before going over to their gas stove and starting the kettle. Today was a hot chocolate morning. As she waited for the water to heat up, she noticed someone staring at the campsite on the other side of the bushes from hers, completely obscured by a wall of brambles and trees.