We had our dear friends Tara and Steve visiting from out of town for a few days. It
gave us an opportunity to explore some the local beauty here and share
some of that splendor with them.
took them to the community Redwood Forest. Not sure why we don't go
there more often, although it's probably because the forest is typically
dark and damp. But it's also so inspiring. It's one of the few places
that makes me say the word "awesome" over and over. It's simply an
unbelievably awesome place.
is Roger next to a stump of tree that probably lived 2000 years before
it was taken down to make a fence or something. I put my hands on it and
it made me think of what it might be like to hold a mastodon bone. It's
different from holding a 100,000 year old fossil, which has long since
turned to stone. This still feels like a living entity.
walked on the trails finding stunning sights around every curve and
turn. I love the perspective that redwood forests compel us to see.
There's very few old growth redwood left here. Ninety-eight percent of
the old growth forests were cut down more than a hundred years ago.
These stumps can only hint at what those forests must have been like.
took a ride up the coast just a few miles out of town to show them that
beautiful roaring Pacific. It was a lovely warm day, so we could stop
and take a nice look from a vista point. Ah, there it was! The mouth of
the Mad River, two miles north of that informational plaque we found on
the Hammond Trail, about a mile north of where we had seen it in 2008.
That river mouth is really on the move.
The seals were visible upriver about 200 yards, basking in the sun and enjoying the day as much as we were.