The Majestic California Redwoods

“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind, their leaves are telling secrets”
-Vera Nazarian

It has always been a dream of mine to visit the Redwoods in California. I remember watching a documentary on The National Geographic Channel and the scientists looked like these miniature garden gnomes climbing these massive trees. It almost seemed unreal how super-collasal they were and from then on I was obsessed. I had to see these beauties for myself! So my husband and I decided to make a stop at The Muir Woods National Monument while we were out in California for his brothers wedding.

We began our hike down the dusty trail of the mysterious Redwood Forest. Talk about a kid in a candy store!! My cheeks literally hurt from smiling. This forest was heaven to me. It was overwhelming the magnitude of these trees as the leaves blanketed us from the sky. The sunlight would beam through small breaks in the branches. It was a vision of loveliness and the sounds of nature were therapeutic. The beauty surrounding us could never be put into words. The pictures would never do justice to what you felt that day. This is something that you need to experience for yourself.

Here are some fun facts that we learned during our trek! These trees are the tallest tree species on Earth! They can grow up to 300 ft. but their root systems are only 6 to 12 ft. deep! The moist air from the Pacific Ocean keeps these trees damp all year long even during the hot summer months. The oldest living redwood is about 2,000 years old, but usually live anywhere from 50-100 years. Many species of animals reside in the forest like mountain lions, bobcats, owls, salamanders, turkey vultures, and river otters to name a few.

There is no other feeling like wandering through these mossy skyscrapers of nature. Grab a camera, a comfortable pair of hiking boots, and explore this natural wonder.



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