ALRIGHT, I have a few minutes so I thought I’d throw together some of my favorite photos from the 2009 road trip we had in Northern California. Now, I’ve revisited in 2016 and it’s still (or more) magical and again in 2017 with the same feelings. Enjoy some sun streaming through some big, green trees! Happy Friday, Happy Forest Friday, and just Happy Day. Find the joy, find the forest, and have a good one.
I love the giant trees of Redwood National & State Parks. I seriously think of them on a weekly basis and always try to find a way to get back to them. I love standing under them, hiking with them, and driving very slowly through them. Enjoy a few photos of the drive along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. (Photos from August 2017)
Today's Forest Friday is going to look at a trail I walked on 10 years ago vs. 1 year ago. Ossagon Trail is Redwood National & State Parks with the Prairie Creek State Park area. When I was looking through the photos I noticed a few things... Anyway, enjoy the forest and I hope you get outside this weekend if you want!
The Smith River is a Wild & Scenic River in Northern California. We found this river because we took a scenic drive through the Redwoods and ended up following it on US-199 on our way up to Oregon. Here are a few pictures of the river and surrounding forest. Enjoy!
**Seeing can mean believing... more of my opinions on inclusiveness in the parks.**
I know some people who have gone to National Parks. They have seen the majestic beauty, right along side me, and have proclaimed how beautiful it was aloud. These same friends, they don't really go to National Parks that often or at all anymore which is okay. These people saw the beauty, believe in the beauty, and will remember the beauty of these wonderful places forever. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
A National Park may not be their family vacation destination every time, but they may return someday. These people understand the importance, value, and impact these places have on the general population. They get it - because they've been there. Because these people have been there, they get why it's important to protect and fund these places. These people then connect National Parks and the preservation ideals to other natural areas that need preservation. It can build.
Visiting a National Park, once or twice, has left an impression on these people. Will they return? Maybe. Will they remember the good times there and what those parks stand for? Definitely. It just takes one time, even if nature isn't their thing, for someone to fall in love with the idea of National Parks, Monuments, Forests, etc.
Plant the seed and see what grows. We need to continue to get people of all areas of life/status/etc to these place to see for themselves - maybe only once. Maybe it isn't their thing, but maybe it is. Even if it isn't their thing, they'll remember the trip and could see how important these places are for our country.
Looking through photos from our recent trip and found this one. The flower is no larger than a dime and the clovers cover the ground and fallen logs. It's pretty, delicate, and a representation of the variety of life that grows. Something as tiny as a dime grows right below a towering redwood tree. They grow in harmony and I think - as cheesy as it may be - is a metaphor for how we need to live. We have to accept that some will tower over others, but we need to continue to reach up for the light. Even when we have to stretch or go a few days with darkness, we have to keep reaching and growing. Even the tiniest plant can flower and find the light and be the light for things even smaller.
*migrated from a previous blog.