Portola Redwoods State Park

“We all need the tonic of wilderness.” Henry David Thoreau

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Heightened Perspective: I’m Just One Grain of Sand

On Thanksgiving Day, Nicole and I decided to go to Portola Redwoods State Park. The cold and damp weather conditions made for a very enchanting stroll through the forest. It felt as if were characters in a fairy tale, writing our story. After our hike, we had Thanksgiving dinner which consisted of salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted chickpeas, and broccoli. For dessert, we had chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s a bit about about the park:

“At Portola Redwoods State Park, silence and tranquility rule. The road leading to the 2,800-acre park follows a ridgetop that drops down into a deeply shaded redwood forest. Portola Redwoods offers a hushed getaway from the suburban bustle of nearby Silicon Valley and the South Bay. Several trails follow meandering creeks where moisture-loving coast redwoods stand tall among thick ferns and redwood sorrel. Waterfalls on Fall and Pescadero creeks tumble down mossy banks and over sticks and rocks.” California State Parks

For more information on the natural and park history, click here.

Here’s a visual capture of the park:

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Fallen
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Inseparable: Soul Connection
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Rays of Promise
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Stream of Consciousness: Life
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Uprooted
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Peeking Light
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 Interconnected Peak Delights: Don’t Forget the Big Picture

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. I’d like to invite you to consider making a donation to Save the Redwoods League:

“The redwood forests are true wonders of the world — as significant to our planet as the Amazon rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti. Home to the tallest and largest trees on the planet, the redwood forests are also the world’s most effective carbon sink, sequestering three times more carbon per acre than any other known ecosystems. These are the greatest forests in the world.

Explosive demand for lumber after the 1849 Gold Rush devastated what were once vast, ancient redwood forests that stretched from Central California to Southern Oregon. Just 5 percent of the original coast redwood range remains.

Since our founding in 1918, Save the Redwoods League, a nonprofit organization, has been singularly focused on protecting this ancient treasure. The League has protected more than 200,000 acres of redwood forests and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves by purchasing redwood forests and the surrounding land needed to nurture them. We restore redwood forests by innovating science and technology that can improve stewardship and accelerate forest regeneration. And most important, we have touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people by connecting them to nature. The League’s work is grounded in the principles of conservation biology, research and improving our collective understanding and appreciation of the redwoods.” {Source}

To donate to Save the Redwoods League, click here.


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