Monday, November 14, 2011

Muir Woods (picture heavy)

On Saturday we decided to take a break from chores around the house and get out to explore. We had decided a while ago that Muir Woods would be one of our first adventures.

To say it was magical sounds silly, but there isn't a better word for it. It was like walking into another world. The dark, wet air was cool and fresh. The canopy created by the tallest trees in the world left me feeling transported into a giant fort. But instead of sheets held up by dining room chairs, there were branches meeting with one another up above and felled trees coated with velvety moss.

Seeing these trees towering above was a dream come true. I remember learning about them in elementary school and, at the time, it seemed nearly impossible that I would ever get to see them in person. As we entered the gate and got our first glimpse I felt tears prick the inside of my eyes. It felt miraculous, being there, seeing these trees reach so high you can't see the peak. As we walked through the park, it just didn't feel real. It felt like a movie set, or a photoshopped picture or a figment of my imagination. Meredith, at every turn, sighed in awe, "Wow!" over and over again, as if we were all walking through a dream.

But it was real. And I live here. And I just feel so grateful to God for the chance to have this adventure and for the chance to witness his majesty in creation.

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basebell6 said...

IT DOES LOOK MAGICAL!!!! my husband just got back from a business trip to CA and managed to squeeze in visits to sequoia NP, death valley NP, and yosemite NP. seeing all your pics + his pics reminds me that i've been stuck in ohio WAAAAYYY too long!!

Adrienne said...

How beautiful! Every true adventure needs some magic and some full circle moments! Would have loved to hear Mere's little "wows"!!

colleen said...

yeah muir woods is amazing. that last picture is breathtaking. and look at meredith in her plaid! one week in SF and she's already a hipster!

Kristin {Sea Cow Circus} said...

We vacationed in SF/Sonoma two years ago and were extremely glad we made it to Muir Woods. Loved it - and love your photos!

Anna {dear friend} said...

Amazing. You guys are so lucky!

And Mere looks so cute in that shirt. I love it. She's looking bigger... and looks like she's loving life out there! :)

Em {orange + barrel} said...

This is beautiful. I need to add this to my list.

Jodi Ann said...

ahhh! Your photos are beautiful! I am so glad you got to take tons of pictures because when we went, we accidentally left our camera at home. It's such a beautiful place!

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