Redwood Therapy

Giant Tree in Humboldt State Park

Giant Tree in Humboldt State Park

If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke? – Stephen Wright

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

I’m currently traveling with my daughter and her boyfriend on Hwy. 101 in California or more aptly named “The Redwood Highway.” We came here to walk amongst some of the tallest trees in the world based in a habitat that goes back millions of years.

The day was sunny and quite warm. The humidity level was also high. We were expecting cooler temperatures. So, the air was thick walking under the canopy.

There is something that happens to you when you walk among trees that are hundreds if not a thousand or so years old. A connection takes place and you become part of something greater, something beautiful, something pure.

The tree shown in the photo is called “Giant Tree.” It rises to a height of 363 feet which is taller than a football (American) field is long. The first branches don’t start until 200 feet up. Wow!

Ferns in Founders Grove

Ferns in Founder's Grove

Walking in a old growth redwood forest is a humbling experience in many ways. The trees make everything seem small. They have been standing in one place for hundreds of years. There are very few if any birds because of the lack of insects. This makes these forests very quiet to walk through. It can be quite surreal.

We had several other adventures along the way to Arcata, California. It was quite a therapeutic day both emotionally and spiritually.

Plus, I’m getting to spend some time with my daughter, which makes the trip even more special.

I can’t wait to see what we discover tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Michael