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The hike

Walking through an ancient forest is a humbling experience. A forest that has existed for a million years ! Trees that are 700 years old, 300 feet tall and roots that are 100 feet in width inhabit Muir woods. This national park named after the legendary John Muir, houses the last of the redwoods that the logging industry have not destroyed. Redwoods and the Sequoia trees once claimed 2 million acres of land and we managed to make furniture/build homes out of most of it. Last weekend, we went to meet the ones that survive. And it’s still glorious. These pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the place. ‘Allure’ is the best word for it – it stays with you. The smell, the air, the sounds, the animals, the sunlight, the shadows, the exhilaration are missing from the pictures. It can only be experienced by being outdoors.

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The rich deep dark woods

Notice the lack of airy sunlight through the trees ? That is what makes this place so beautiful. The dark greens fill the air. You can hardy see the tree tops – too tall. The younger trees are skinny and tall letting some light through. But depending on the part of the woods, you may be walk through an enchanting forest.

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Why so tall ?

The conditions have mostly been in favour for these trees. It rains plenty during September and November. The fog from the sea provides moisture that the trees can absorb during the summer months. Not many natural predators and calamities happened upon them so far.

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The dancing shadows

When not awestruck with the tree tops, do take a look at the ground. Its as interesting ! Delicate light and shadows dance through. I am working on making a banner for my blog out of the pattern from the picture on the left. They all look beautiful to my eyes.

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The roots

Most of the walking trail is uneven from the roots that inhabit under the soil. They are supposed to have spread out for 100 feet and intertwine making a solid foundation.

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The Trail

We did the Lost trail and the walkway near the visitor center. I do wish we had more water bodies or the beach by the trail. Perhaps some camping next time. We earned another map for our personal collection.

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Hiking outfit

N.D.C made by hands make the sturdiest boots, in my opinion. They have a rugged sole and a solid upper. I took these boots to my cobbler to get them stretched a little and he couldn’t stop admiring them. Chambray shirts are durable and comfortable. This one is by Steven Alan. I used to wear these Citizens of Humanity jeggings as pants. They are now retired to hiking pants. They are very stretchy and you can do splits in them ! We went for a post hike beer and I don’t think I looked sloppy.

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They came home

I was lagging behind the boys on the trail. There was so much interesting stuff everywhere on the floor. I got home, this collection of dead leaves for my vase. I find them rather beautiful and the rustic color palette blends well with our home. Store bought flowers are great but I rather use foraged vegetation.

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Do you remember the tallest tree you have met ?