Occassionaly there's a story on the news about the fight between
logging companies and environmentalists over old growth stands
of trees. Most of us city dwellers have no idea what all the
fuss is about - they're just trees right? Just grow some new
ones and get on with it.
But if you've ever stood in even a small grove of old growth
giant sequoia, or walked around under a two or three hundred
year old oak or sycamore, or stood and looked at an old gnarled
and stunted cypress or maybe a huge buttress rooted old growth
mahogany tree you begin to understand that not all trees are
Many make a point of visiting historical sites or museums
when we travel. We'll check out magnificent old buildings,
statues of some long forgotten hero of some long ago war,
perhaps make a point of going to Arlington National Cemetery
and walk among the rows of white crosses and markers, wondering
about all those lives cut short so young. These places make
us stop and reflect - to appreciate what was before.
Stand at the base of an old tree and realize what has gone
on around them over all the years they've stood there. Some
times just having them as reminders is enough to want to
keep them standing, or in some cases, leaning. The fact that
they're also interesting as hell to look at, both from afar
and close up also makes them far more valuable than their
Maybe taking in an old tree or a grove of old growth is
something to look into when we travel. There are some
magnificent trees all over this country. You might want
to see a few - before they're gone - forever.
Since San Jose is just an hour south of Sausagelito,
it's a short trip to the (John) Muir Woods. Cross the
Golden Gate Bridge, hang a left up Mount Tamalpais,
and drop down onto a little bit of tall heaven. It's
something you will never forget, I guarantee. Take
cameras and plenty of memory or film.
I have another special reason for liking that area. I
got my first kiss from a new long-distance girlfriend
there back in '91. <domg>
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