Ascend; Redwoods

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Have you ever walked in a Redwood forest? Have you ever experienced the stillness? The quiet? The soft crunch under your feet? Felt the spirit of the tree as you gently place your hand on the bark? Have you stopped and listened to the wind whispering in the tree top, high above your head?

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The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.

– John Steinbeck

I agree with John Steinbeck, it is impossible to do a Redwood tree justice with a camera lens, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. The photos in today’s post is from my last visit to the coast earlier this month. I have paid Redwood National Park a few visits with my daughter. The first time she was a year old, the look on her face as she first experienced the giant trees was priceless, one of those memories that I will always carry with me, deep down in my heart. In this materialistic world I find it to be the most challenging, yet outmost rewarding thing, to instill the importance of nature and experiences in my daughters heart. That the experiences you feel and devour with with your heart, are more valuable than any toy or electronic device that can be bought, (and soon replaced with something new.) These experiences stays with us, and actually gain value as we grow older, and share them with other loved ones.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

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I hope you enjoyed the walk in my favorite forest. Have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekly Photo Challenge; Ascend  

The Lost Coast

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I celebrated my birthday last week, by going on a road trip to Humboldt County. The trip was a birthday gift, and I can’t think of a more precious gift for an adventurer/avid hiker/photographer (me..lol) than time together on a road trip, to one of the worlds most amazing places, with nothing more on the agenda than to enjoy and have fun. It was a magical weekend; with lots of laughter, an abundance of good food/local wines, and of course hiking at the Lost Coast.

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I would go as far as saying that it was my happiest birthday so far. Which makes me very excited about the year to come!

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We experienced all kinds of spectacular weather; foggy mornings, rain, sun, cloudy skies, clear skies, winds, waves, low tide, and high tide. My friend and I literally used every minute of daylight that there was, by getting up and going outside long before the sun was up, both Saturday and Sunday.

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Some cheeky waves, brought the tide in faster than we imagined they would. We actually made a rookie mistake and got trapped by some growing tide pools the first morning. Nothing scary, but we had to wade through them. It was more of an adventure. We were close to land. (I don’t take it lightly, I have a lot of respect for the ocean.)

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The tide pools grew fast on the first part, of our first hike. I took this photo (above) after safely wading through them, getting up on a sand dune. My hiking boots stayed dry 🙂

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

– James Gates Percival

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On Sunday, our last day, the tide was low. The beach transformed into a different world, full of beautiful drift wood and seashells. I picked the three most beautiful seashells to bring home to my daughter. She was thrilled. My heart is bursting with gratitude that I once more got to experience this beautiful part of our State.

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You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.

Roman Payne

I took hundreds of photos, and I’ll share more later. I still have plenty of photos to edit from the road trip in the beginning of last week (gorgeous wild horses in Nevada, and a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe.) Life is good here in northern California. I hope your week is everything you wish for so far.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

A Zen-Minded Thanksgiving Week, part 3

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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, this is what it is to be happy. 
― Sylvia Plath

 

The third, and last part of my Zen Minded Thanksgiving Week, a beautiful hike along the McCloud River in northern California. (Here is the first, and the second part of the series.)

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The McCloud River is probably northern California’s most scenic waterway. It features  three amazing waterfalls, along a 4 mile well maintained trail. It’s a super easy hike, part of it is even paved.

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One of the most unique things with this place is that each waterfall have their own trailhead, parking lot, and clean restrooms. You could just drive up to one of the trail heads, and simply enjoy the waterfall, if you’re for some reason unable to do the 4 mile hike.

 

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
― George Gordon Byron

 

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The lower fall have a wonderful swimming hole. It’s very popular during our hot summers. The swimming hole, and the trail can be crowded during spring/summer. I’ve done this hike many times, and last week was the first time I didn’t see a single soul, until after the hike.

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The water was ice cold, but my dog couldn’t resist jumping in, time after time. She’s crazy about water, and a  great swimmer. McCloud River Trail is a serene place, where the most exquisite nature is easily accessible for everyone. It’s very suitable for meditation, especially this time of the year. Have you been there? If so, what was your experience? Is it a place you would like to visit?

Happy Friday!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

PS. I just came back from another road trip last night (Nevada and Lake Tahoe.) I’m home to do some laundry, and repack my bags for a weekend trip later today. I promise to get back to everyone as soon as I can. I really appreciate your visit, emails and comments here!