Tree gods and tree worship :)

2013-12-25 11.39.23(1)No visit of mine to California, make that the Bay Area of San Francisco, is complete without a visit or two to Muir Woods, named after John Muir*. The experience of bliss is too special and too precious to pass! This Christmas morning, after opening the presents, the plan, as usual, was for the whole family to go for a walk into Muir Woods, about a 40-minute drive away. Here we are, on the boardwalk, specially constructed to prevent the destruction of the delicate ecology of the area!

I had read about the Redwood Trees of California in my geography books in school, and used to imagine them to be something unreal, as though on another planet.

2013-12-25 12.00.39Who could imagine that there really were trees between two and three hundred feet tall, kissing the sky, with a girth (circumference) of anywhere from 20 to 26 feet. And still less, that I would one day be a regular visitor to a Redwood forest! The Muir Woods do not have the tallest trees of the Pacific Coast of the United States but at the given dimensions they are extremely impressive all the same!

Some 15 years ago, my daughter and her husband decided to make Northern California their home and although I’d visited here as a tourist some 20 years ago, coming here to stay with family was different. California now started feeling like an extension of my own home.

2013-12-25 11.53.06They chose to live in the Bay Area of San Francisco, so close to nature’s wonders of Redwood forests, the Bay Area itself, the beautiful beaches of the Pacific coast, and the traveler’s delights: the  Napa and Sonoma wine country, the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, the wonderful museums…oh, I could go on and on… But, for today’s blog post, back to the late morning spent at the Muir Woods today! The first time I visited there, I had such an urge to hug those beautiful trees, and that became my ritual :)! Each time I visit, I faithfully visit my trees, and hug a few, exactly as I did  today :)! If you haven’t already, do put this on your places-to-see-before-you-die list, yep, the bucket list :)! I personally cannot think of a better way to worship the Creator, than through such magnificent creations!

*John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.


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