California Vacation 2011: Muir Woods

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On the drive from SEKI to San Francisco, I once again had cell coverage and jumped on Facebook. I updated my status about our change of plans, and I’m really glad that I did.

My friend Carrie mentioned the redwoods and how cool they were to see. Then my mom’s cousin Nancy gave us the head’s up about Muir Woods. Just across the Golden Gate, we would find redwoods there. Perfect! Jason and I decided that would be first on the docket for the next day.

Once again, we let ourselves sleep in for a little, but after breakfast we headed out for Muir Woods. I was digging the fog that overtook the city in the morning.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t too shabby either.

Golden Gate Bridge

As we made our way up through the hills to Muir Woods, the fog started to break. It turned out to be an incredibly gorgeous day!

Muir Woods

Luckily, our waiter the night before gave us the tip to get to Muir Woods early, and we did just that. We easily found a place to park and as we walked to the visitor center, we were greeted by some deer.

Deer at Muir Woods

Deer at Muir Woods

Deer at Muir Woods

Muir Woods was beautiful and peaceful. If this is anything close to what we’ll experience when we visit Washington and Oregon someday, I’m going to fall in love. (Actually, I’m pretty sure if I visit the Pacific Northwest, I’ll never want to come home.)

Muir Woods

Redwoods

Base of a Redwood

Redwoods

Muir Woods

The redwoods did not disappoint. The height is staggering. I spent plenty of time with my neck craned all the way back to take it all in. I understand why people love this place.

As we were pulling out, we quickly appreciated the tip from the night before. Cars were lined up all along the road leading into the parking area and people were filing in. I’m glad that we could experience this place in relative peace. As we walked the trail, there were times when we were pretty much alone. It was fabulous.

If you plan a trip to San Francisco, I highly recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument.

And go early – You’ll thank meΒ  πŸ™‚

 

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5 thoughts on “California Vacation 2011: Muir Woods

  1. Ellen

    Speaking from experience, it was incredibly difficult leaving the Pacific NW. However, I now have plenty of reasons to make return visits to that area. πŸ™‚ By the way, LOVE the pictures. Glad you were able to salvage the end of your vacation.

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    1. Laura Post author

      Thank YOU for the recommendation! I knew of the area, but I don’t know if we would have made the trip there without a nudge. It was so peaceful and beautiful – everything nature should be.

      FYI – We’ll be seeing you in 43 days for Adam’s wedding! Jason and I are super excited to make the trip for Adam and Ellie’s big day πŸ™‚

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