sojourneys


Muir Woods, San Francisco, USA
September 24, 2007, 3:59 pm
Filed under: California, coast redwood, Golden Gate, Muir Woods, sequoia sempervirens, SF, USA

Conserved under the auspices of the U.S. National Park Authority and surely a crown jewel of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods is home to the majestic sequoia sempervirens, otherwise known as the Coast Redwood, the tallest type of tree in the world.

 

Muir Woods has a storied history, and a highlight was the gathering of a United Nations delegation in the spring of 1945 at the old-growth coastal redwood forest’s Cathedral Grove to commemorate the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who passed away on April 12, shortly before he was to have opened the United Nations Conference.

 

The redwoods in Muir Woods are as tall as they are ancient.  The tallest is supposed to measure some 258 feet (79 meters), and they average between 500 to 800 years old.  They bear testimony to the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.

 

 

An interesting nugget: Fog accounts for up to one-fourth of the precipitation needed so the mighty coast redwoods can survive, according to the National Park Service. 

 

There is something magical–an earthly wisdom about the coastal redwoods–and it is truly one of the special places of this earth.  May it bear witness to another 500 years.



Muir Beach, San Francisco, U.S.A.
September 9, 2007, 12:12 pm
Filed under: beaches, California, Muir Beach, photos, San Francisco, SF, vacation

Located at the bottom of a bluff some 2 miles from the entrance to the hallowed Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach is a sedate beachside community with an enviable view of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The houses with direct access to the coarse-sand beach dotted with some sand and rock boulders are, expectedly, quite posh. Most have strategically designed their windows to maximize the breathtaking views across the beach out to the Pacific Ocean.

The beach appears to be frequented by the local community eager for some fun in the sun, students from San Francisco on their summer break, and tourists to the Muir Woods National Park. Pooches are welcome for a splash too.

While the beach may not be quite as vast or impressive as, say, Ocean Beach, it is nonetheless charming, pristine, laidback, and therapeutic in its own inimitable way.