A plan has been in the works for quite a while that sometime this summer my husband would take the kids camping with his dad, and I'd have a weekend to do whatever I wanted. What I wanted to do was go hiking in my favorite Redwoods park (and actually see for longer than my kids can tolerate).
I'm completely in love with the giant coastal redwoods. They're unbelievably grand and awe-inspiring. I go back every year and I miss them when I'm gone. Each time I go back I remember why they inspired me to write my favorite love poem I've ever written. And more than anything I'm reminded of John Steinbeck's quote:
Finally the time came, and at the last minute I invited my mom from Texas who seemed to be in dire need of some communion with nature. Our first evening there, we hiked a few quick miles before the sunset. On the second day, we hiked 14.1 miles! Our bodies were tired by the end, but it was so gorgeous and totally worth it, and I can't wait to do it again sometime.
Hope you enjoy my little photo journal of our hike...
Cold foggy beaches are my favorite.
My mom, who lives landlocked in north Texas, was relishing the sounds and smells of the Pacific.
Love those curls. Nature does it best.
My mom was sooo thrilled to be my perspective prop throughout our hikes. Haha! Thanks for humoring me, Mom.
I love all the 'furry' trees.
Redwoods are so difficult to photograph. They're so huge, and you're so close that normal lenses only show you a small fraction of the tree. But wider angle lenses make them look narrower and smaller than they are in person. They're overwhelmingly wide and tall. Here's a tree, and in the next couple of photos we stand next to the same tree to TRY to give an idea of its grandeur.
I'm so obsessed with the patterns of the redwood bark. Sometimes they look almost feathery like this one, and they have such beautiful color variations.
My fern fanaticism continues.
Here's a classic example of photos not being able to portray the size of these monsters. Here's a distant photo. The one beneath this is closer in on the two trees in the center of this photo.
Now scroll back up to the one above this and image how small my mom would be if she were standing by that center tree in that frame. So tiny!
Then this is me by the further tree from the above photos.
They are so insane!
Love how this tree acted like a planter for these ferns.
Taking it all in...and just starting our 14 mile hike.
More furry trees.
This photo is so simple and yet somehow it's one of my faves.
Don't mind me chillin' in the tree doorway...and also looking like I'm about to go on a heist.
Gah, no photo can do this tree justice.
Thanks for the photos of me in my happy place, Mom!
All the growth on fallen trees...
Love nature's symmetry.
This knotted tree had some character.
It was so fun being surrounded on all sides by the ferns.
The variations of shades and textures of greens were so lovely.
Perfection. They are absolutely perfect.
At this point we could hear the ocean. On to part II of our hike...along the beach.
These next ones are from Fern Canyon, which is way more fun NOT in the summer when there are too many people there. It's always beautiful, but since you can just drive up to it, it's pretty busy in the summer.
The walls drip around you.
The rest are from our trek back to the starting point. There are a lot less photos from this half because, well, I was tired.
We had a bit more challenges on the second half of our hike, like these extremely bumpy trails and lots more fallen trees to climb around.
View of the creek from above.
Thanks for following along on our trip!