The beautiful nature of California is what has drawn me to live here. I knew when I made the decision to be a travel nurse, California was where I wanted to be.
But what has recharged my soul the most are the beautiful trees. Trees so tall that it reminds me how small I am. Trees that are so tall that my neck hurts from looking up.
We were lucky enough to find an Airbnb in a small town in Oakland with Redwoods in the backyard that is only minutes from where I work. I love waking up to birds and the sound of the dew falling every morning.
So far we have visited two Redwood State Parks.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park was a perfect hike and has a lot of options. Whether you are looking for a one hour or seven hour hike- they have it all. On this particular day that we went it was already pretty late in the day and very hot so we decided to just take the Redwood Loop Trail which took us about 45 minutes at a slow pace/stops for gazing and pictures. The hike was really easy- coming from a new hiker.. The views were beautiful and on this trail you will see the Mother and the Father of the forest!
Exploring this park was fun and very tranquil. While on the trail, it was quiet and fairly empty. We ran into a few people at times which is very different from the experience we had with Muir Woods since it was a national monument that attracts large groups of people.
There was no fee to enter the park or for parking. Parking was easy to find and was right near the entrance for Redwood Loop Trail.
Right before leaving the park we took a short 7 min drive to find the Sempervirens Falls which was a great place to wind down and have a quick meditation. The sounds are incredible.
Muir Woods National Monument was a beautiful, paved path to see the breathtaking redwoods. I would recommend going here with families, kids or for those who are not hiking fans. The path takes you through some of the most gorgeous trees I have ever seen.
There is a 10 dollar fee to enter the monument and parking is free but limited.
“The more I relaxed every muscle of my body, my face, my hands, my eyes,
The more I let go,
The more I became One with everything around me,
One with all that is.
Fully present, observing without judgement,
Escaping the Matrix for a little while,
Strengthening my inner peace
And just accepting
And breathing.” – Kris the Cat
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
I cannot wait to spend more time amongst these gigantic trees and hope to see the Sequoias and King’s Canyon next.