Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Inspiring Sight

I dragged my nieces, part willingly, part unwillingly, yesterday on a very sort hike (or, more accurately, a decent walk) in the redwoods in Marin at Muir Woods. If you've never been, I highly recommend it.

I was completely moved when I visited the redwoods for the first time 10 years ago. The trees are massive. I mean, look at the diameter of the cut of the tree there.

Of course, you have to have some appreciation for nature and some desire to explore its beauty. I remember taking my Mom and Dad to see them some years ago and my Dad was fairly disinterested after seeing a bit of the woods and went back to the car.

One of the things that most impressed me was how the trees can live through fire. When you visit, you can view parts of the trees burned out at the base of the tree, yet it still stands tall, towering over your 5-6 foot form. That they are still alive is a testament to the spirit of life. One fun moment was stopping and spinning poi at a fork in the paths. It was interesting to note how people responded to it. And it was fun to watch their responses.
I think, at the end of the day, even my nieces who seemed to not be impressed with anything (is that just how teens are?) thought it was pretty cool.

My Nieces

My Nieces came to visit me for a week. Before painting my head, I asked them for a word suggestion. Courtney being the bright lass she is, suggested antidisestablishmentarianism. Great word, isn't it? Of course, while I could get behind it linguistically, I didn't get behind the message of it, so why not just put another "anti" in front of it?