BOW TO MOTHER NATURE!
There’s nothing like exploring the redwood forests in California. These are some of the remaining tallest trees on the planet and if we continue treating our home the way we do, soon these might be the only tallest trees left.
Spending a few days or nights among these majestic beings is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even if you’ve never hugged a tree, you might feel inclined to turn hippie for a moment. These trees can only compare to the ones I saw in Japan. They make you feel exactly in proportion to Mother Nature and don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself overtaken by emotions.
Trees here are between 600 – 800 years old. It’s home to some true giants, with it’s tallest trees reaching over 250 ft in height.
Follow me and experience the humbling beauty of these magnificent redwoods!
Muir Woods is a perfect day trip for families and couples! With multiple loops and scenic views, these trails go on for many miles and you can spend a few hours there or an entire day. There are maps and various marks along the trails to track your steps and even though the road can sometimes seem very narrow and steep, all trails are solid and well taken care by the park management, so you always feel safe.
Pick up a trail map at the entrance and explore.
In a recently published book by the author Matthew Silverstone, Blinded by Science, the author talks and apparently proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and various forms of mental illness. The author points to a number of scientific studies showing children exhibiting significant psychological and physiological improvement in health and general well being when interacting with plants and trees. The research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. (– See more here ).
And while I’m not sure about the scientific proof of the above studies, it sure does feel amazing to be in the nature and Muir Woods are one of the most powerful places to do that.
Regardless of how much time you spend in this magical place or what you choose to do, this place will leave you with a deeply humbling, awe-inspiring feeling that you typically only find in nature’s most remote corners. I feel truly lucky to have experienced this on my trip to California and I highly suggest you set aside some time for this experience if you are visiting San Fransisco.
Park fees are $7/adult and children 15 and younger are free.
Parking can be difficult if you arrive much later than 9:00am. The Visitor Center features nice restrooms, a café, and a gift shop.
This is a very popular tourist attraction and is better experienced during the week, so if you can drive out on a weekday, you will have a better, less crowded journey into the arms of Mother Nature.
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