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.


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Wow, gorgeous views, David. I’m tempted to visit US now in view of the dropping exchange rate. Sounds like West Coast is worth my bet!

Did u go free & easy? can send me your itinerary?


Comment by bee hong

Hi Beehong, yes, SF is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. Little wonder its property prices are through the roof. Not only is it temperate year-round because of its coastal location, it has a vibrant, yet laid back culture about it. If you go to SF you must go to Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the San Francisco Zoo (they have a brand new bear exhibit featuring a pair of very young sister bears found abandoned by their mom in Montana). Union Square is the shopping mecca (Banana Republic’s world flagship store is there, as is Levi’s). Oh, and do have lunch in the Castro district. 🙂

Comment by sojourneys

So nice and beautiful… and one of those places that I told myself I must see before I die. Especially Old Sequoia

Comment by walter

Hi Walter, indeed, Muir Woods is a special place. Go and bear witness to the majesty of nature.

Comment by David

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