Revisiting Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Trip Start May 04, 2010
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Trip End May 21, 2010


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Hiouchi House on the Smith River

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

DAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

-      Boy Scout Tree Trail at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  This is our last day walking among the redwoods and we considered what we would like to do – see a new trail or re-visit our favorite.   We liked the Boy Scout Tree Trail so much that we decided to give it a go a second time, this time with the intention of going all the way to the Boy Scout Tree.  We are so glad that we made the effort!  It is the largest tree that we have seen and in a completely natural setting.  In fact, there is no sign for it on the trail.  You need to either be told or read about it on a trail description such as www.redwoodhikes.com.    We saw only a few other people the entire afternoon.  So we had the redwoods mostly to ourselves!  There are many other hikes in the Jedediah Smithh Redwoods State Park such that it would be easy to spend an entire vacation here without traveling to the more highly visited southern redwoods parks

Staying in our home in Hiouchi made us feel we are living in a rural area with the convenience of easy access to great walks among the redwoods.  Our focus of this trip is the redwoods, so staying inland next to the Smith River was perfect.  Just open our windows and walk onto our deck and we hear the sound of the river and can watch it flow. We had comfortable living space and hosts that respected our privacy but were there when we had a question.  We have internet access, cable television, a full kitchen, living room and library as well as big picture windows looking out at the river.  Easy to walk out on the deck and then walk down to the river.  Would definitely stay here again.

      Thai House for dinner.  Freshly cooked whole fish with ginger sauce and pad thai.  Simple setting. 


MEMORABLE MOMENTS

      As I thought about today being our last day of walking in the redwoods, I was mulling over if there were any other particular photos I would like to take.  I wondered if there was some way to express the stillness that I sense from the redwood forest that I would like to feel myself.  I remembered one of the photos that Harvey had taken of me where I accidentally moved and I looked blurred.  I got some ideas of how we could play with a slow shutter speed and I could move, but keep the redwoods in sharp focus.  With Harvey’s assistance, that’s what we did.  This experience of creating a visual image of the trees standing tall and still and me moving set the stage for a realization some time later while walking on the trail.

It came to me as I am walking on the trail that the stillness that I look for and find in nature and try to absorb into me is actually inside me all the time.  I just need to find it and let it come to be.  A light bulb went off.  A visceral feeling of a fundamental truth.  A very low key "ahaa".
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