Avenue of the Giants

May 25, 2017

Avenue of the Giants

 

Calm ... Stillness ... Quiet ... Peace

These are the words that come to mind the second you mention the redwoods to me. I am instantly taken to a place of complete calm, stillness, lack of voice and an overwhelming peace. If you have ever hiked into the redwoods, avoiding the overrun tourist areas, or even driven through the Avenue of Giants you have likely felt this too.  

As you see them for the first time or like myself and drive all the way from Alberta to see them once again, you can’t help but to just stare in a sort of state of disbelief on how massive these redwoods are. I have tried over and over again to take a photo, shoot a video or through conversation convey just how majestic seeing them in person truly is, but it is just impossible. The sheer size alone is enough to just stop you in your tracks. You don’t truly get how enormous these giants are until you’re standing right in front of one. It is an instant respect for Mother Nature and for all your tree huggers, it fills you heart just a little more. 

I absolutely love wandering through these trees, there isn’t a single noise except for normally a stream of water in the distance (it is a rain forest), the tree branches and leaves blowing in the wind and the birds chirping. I feel peace and calm come over me and take every second to enjoy the moment. It is one of my favourite places to be and so happy it was the only goal of this trip and they didn’t disappoint. I spent days exploring as many different redwood stops as I could in my short period of time I had and everything was just so amazing. Even driving up the highway through the forest is an experience in itself. 

If you have never been to see them in person I highly recommend heading into Northern California to experience the Avenue of Giants and to go hug the founder’s tree. I know if you go into San Francisco the Muir Forest is not far away, but if you can make it further north and away from the tourists it will be worth the drive and you’ll get to see the big ones as well. 

From one tree hugger to another … go hug a tree today!





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