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Complete California Vacation 2011 Series

Lembert Dome

Well, I clearly took the whole vacation recap to a whole new level this summer  😉 My dinky posts from last summer’s Yosemite trip pale in comparison to the 17 full posts for this summer’s Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and San Francisco adventure. Whew!

In case you missed any of it – and to just make it easier to access the whole series of posts – here’s a recap of the recaps. Enjoy!

Yosemite Arrival

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Tour of Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Mono Lake

An Evening in Tuolumne Meadows

Hiking Lembert Dome

Exploring Tuolumne Meadows

Stop in Yosemite Valley

Onward to SEKI

First Taste of Sequoia National Park

No Room at the Inn

Kings Canyon

Tokopah Falls

The Giant Sequoias

Moro Rock Madness

Muir Woods

San Francisco in Pictures


California Vacation 2011: Muir Woods

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


Base of a Redwood


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 me  🙂


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