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: