The Redwoods

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:

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.
— John Steinbeck

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...

Thanks for following along on our trip!