First the trees…

365-Day17--The Redwood Bench
We first headed into the windy (as in, “you might need to pull the car over because that many quick turns could equal trouble.”) Santa Cruz mountains to visit the Big Basin Redwood State Park. The redwood trees are stunning up there. Your neck hurts from looking up and you get a bit dizzy from it all really.
It is mind blowing to think about just how long these tress have been around. Thousands and thousands of years of watching the sun set and rise, of the winds blowing and the rain falling. Years to watch the wildlife be born and die, to sit nervously as the axes and the saws made their way through, keeping your branches crossed that you would not be the one to fall.
And now that this area is protected, the trees get to hear the voices of little kids and of adults whisper, “wow” as they wander around their trunks that are scarred from fires, stumbling because their gaze is up instead of down at the trail.
redwood theater
It was cold in the shade of these trees that barely allow the sun to reach the forest floor and the campfire’s smoke hangs heavy in the damp coastal air. Something this desert rat family just isn’t used to.
camp table
There are way too many raccoons who are not afraid of a little foot stomping and know how to open camp boxes and get to the food that they have become accustom to. Daddy-O had a pocket full of small rocks to ward off the little buggers and we made sure to pick up every piece of food that our little forest gnome dropped. If people understood just how out of whack they make the animals and the ecosystem by leaving out their food it sure would make a difference. We put our camp box of dry food and our cooler in the car each night- nothing worse than having to get up in the middle of the night to chase off a pack of mid-night snackers!
I would love to go back when we have more time. I felt like we set up camp and then broke it right back down again. (We are getting really good at putting up the tent in no time flat! I can even do it while carrying the babe in the ergo carrier) There are miles of trails to hike and explore and lots of trees that need hugging. I mean really- look at these trees, how could you not want to at least try to wrap your arms around something that majestic.
mother of the forest

P.S. Thank you everyone for stopping by last week and leaving such sweet comments. I have over 400 posts in my google reader, a little overwhelming. I will more than likely clear them all and start fresh- it gives me a little bit of an anxiety attack to see that much to catch up on. Hope you are all well….

10 Comments First the trees…

  1. trinsch November 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    it looks absolutely stunning. and so overwhelming… to think a living thing can get that old. wow!

  2. Kathleen November 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    wow. i felt dizzy just looking at the photo…like i was staring straight up!
    i love those trees.

    what a lovely trip. thank you for sharing it with us. xo

  3. kyndale November 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Just so amazing. I think the same things when I see those trees. Love your words too. Beautiful writing. So crazy about the racoons, huh?? Racoons are so mean, they’re crazy!!


  4. Theresa November 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I LOVE and miss the redwoods. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. kate November 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Redwoods are magical. There’s just no other way to describe it– their wisdom and beauty and rich way of almost speaking– it is absolute magic. Living in the midwest, I’ve only been able to experience the redwoods once, when I was traveling with friends years ago. I long for the day when I can introduce my children to their power! Lovely photos!

  6. danisoul November 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    it’s a dream of mine to camp in the redwoods. have not been there since i was a child and i can still feel the magic from them. such lovely photos you have here of those magnificent trees.

  7. caitlin November 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Wow, such an awesome adventure. I am way jealous.

  8. Francesca November 10, 2009 at 5:29 am

    A few years ago I read an article in the New Yorker about some guy climbing the redwoods (and getting lost on one tree) to study the top parts. I dreem to see such majestic trees one day.

  9. 5orangepotatoes November 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I’ve never seen a redwood in person yet……hope to soon though. I live in Ohio and the farthest West I’ve gone is Colorado so far. I can’t get over that last photo, left me a little breathless!


  10. mikehedge December 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    lovely shots! lovely post =)



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