So, we arrived at the first of the 3 major Parks that comprise the building blocks of this trip, and it was amazing!
Would you believe I had a few friends tell me there wasn’t much to seeing the redwoods? Maybe this was just their way of lowering the bar so that I loved these majestic beauties even more. If so: thanks, Andy & Jonathan!
Suffice to say: these trees more than live up to their reputation. Thy are majestic, beautiful, awe-inspiring. Some are 1500-2000 years old. They make you want to get quiet, and then get on your knees. One walk we took, aptly named “Cathedral Walk”, felt worshipful and quiet, and sacred. Another highlight was Avenue of the Giants, a 30 mile stretch of road that continuously feel like you are driving through a postcard.
I’m yet to be convinced that the girls appreciate much of this (more on this later). I keep on asking them questions like “what did you like about that walk?,” or “what did you learn from that talk?”, gauging their interest-level and retention level. So far, they respond with fairly flat answers: “cool”, “good”, “pretty tree”, etc. But, even if my most pessimistic impressions are correct, I still think the act of visiting these places is a worthwhile endeavor. Like a lot of the best things in life, sometimes you have to act your way into loving it.