Thursday, January 17, 2008


“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

While flipping through the channels the other night I stopped briefly on the travel channel. Whatever program that was on just happened to be talking about the California redwoods and their massive size. It inspired me to talk about another place on my 'must see' list. You can read about the first one here.

Like New York City, I have been to California before. My Dad had family there and when I was much younger we visited a few times. But I have my eye on a different part of California besides San Diego. Did you know that some of the redwoods in California are over 2000 years old? That is what I want to see. I want to lose myself in the midst of those mighty giants. To stand beside such an ancient thing and just imagine the changes the world has seen during its lifetime.

Besides the fantastic possibility of hiking in the redwood state park, the northern California coastline is just minutes away. I guess I'm not use to that since in Texas it always takes hours to get anywhere. I've been to Florida and have enjoyed the white sands and blue waters of the gulf. It's a beautiful place, but the California coastline offers something a little more rugged.

When and if this trip ever happens, my plan is to hop a flight to San Francisco and rent a car to drive up the winding and scenic Highway 101 through wine country and towering redwoods. I want to rent a little cottage on the coast and just spend sometime with my husband and nature. Oh...and there is always the exciting (and a little terrifing) chance to drive over this:


  1. My husband and I did this in a 10-day trip a couple of years ago and it was the best vacation I've ever been on.

    We flew to Arizona, saw the Grand Canyon, then rented a car and drove to California and hit San Francisco, Los Angeles/Santa Monica and Santa Cruz. We also did the US 1 scenic drive (scary and unbelievably gorgeous -- NOTHING like the East Coast) and spent a few days at Yosemite (and saw the Redwoods) and all of it was AMAZING.

    Also, if you go to Santa Monica, be sure to check out the Salvation Army thrift stores. A religious experience!

  2. I've always wanted to see the redwoods.. just once.

  3. California Redwoods are amazing. It wasn't until I saw on that I realized why people would chain themselves to one in order for them not to be cut down. I am going to be headed to SF in March for my best friend's bachelorette party. I can't wait!!

  4. You commented on my blog last week and I didn't get a chance to respond until this morning. Thank you for your lovely compliments.

    Highway 101 is beautiful. My family spent several summer vacations visiting different bits of it from San Francisco all the way up to the border of Canada. We planned it so that eventually, we saw the whole thing. It's such a beautiful part of the world.

  5. I enjoyed reading down your blog tonight---I must take more pictures of myself! And me, too on seeing the redwoods. And the Golden Gate Bridge! (I'd rather my husband drive, though.)