Thursday, July 24, 2014

Poodle Parks ~ Muir Woods!

It seems as though I have forever wanted to visit Muir Woods.

Located a mere half-hour from me, it should've been an easy desire to fulfill.
And yet, like so many things, I took it for granted that I would visit the park someday, and then never did. 

This is an ongoing problem for me. Eek!

I love this vintage travel ad!
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I live in Northern California where I'm surrounded by beautiful places. Vineyards! Redwoods! The Pacific Coast! It all gets wrapped up in one word, "scenery". It's simply a part of where I live.

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Terrible, I know. 

So this summer I have vowed to Go and See and Feel and Do!

First up, Muir Woods.


Declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, the park was named after John Muir who called it, "...the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."


I was captivated.


I stood surrounded by old growth coastal Redwoods, some 800 years old, enchanted by the silence of the woods. Redwood Creek burbled by, the wind sighed in the boughs,  and sunlight dappled the forest floor. It was wondrous.





Rounding out the day of discovery, we drove a few minutes west of the park to Muir Beach. 





How have I never been to Muir Beach?!? It was stunning! Breathtaking! Soft sand and warm (for Northern CA) water! And then a local went galloping by on a horse! Hello!! Dream beach!

It was a perfect first adventure. :)

Where shall I go next?..



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    1. It was beautiful! I've been to most of the Redwood parks in the North Bay, but somehow always missed Muir Woods. Glad I finally made it!
      ~xoxo!

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  2. How wonderful! My husband wants us to go camping/hiking at Yosemite National Park at some point. I live in Northern Nevada and although we are considered a high desert, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit. And we get snow. That makes up for the lack of shopping around here.

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    1. I LOVE camping in Yosemite!!! Definite top 5 favorite spot for me!! I've been wanting to make a trek there, and been bugging my husband about it. ;) No snow for us, and I always want it. Sounds beautiful!
      ~xoxo!!

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  3. What wonderful pictures! Both vintage and your own! I haven't been since I was a child! I desperately need to return though!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. It's crazy how many places I haven't been to around me! I need to play tourist this summer.
      ~xoxo!

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  4. What breathtakingly beautiful woods! They remind me so, sooo much of similar Pacific coast forests that I grew up playing in across the street from my paternal grandparent's house when I was little (much to my chagrin - I loved that house and its location - they moved out of it nearly half my lifetime ago now). I adored how cool, still and tranquil they were even on the most sizzling hot summer days. Should I ever be in that neck of the woods (pun intended), a visit to Muir will be a must!

    Big hugs & happy Thursday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. They were so peaceful, it was refreshing!! And if you are ever in this area, I'll take you! ;)
      ~xoxo!

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  5. Hahahaha! This seems to be the case with so many people! I'm just the opposite ~ wherever we live, we are like tourists, scoping out every possible destination:) You're so lucky to live where you do! I've always wanted to visit the beautiful redwoods. Someday...BTW, love your retro headscarf ~ very chic!

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    1. We have opposite sides of the States dreams! Haha! I've always wanted to visit the East Coast. My scarf is a vintage New York travel scarf. Which is funny because I've never visited New York! ;)
      ~xoxo!

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  6. What a grand place! How exciting that you got to see this wonderous trees! I just visited Yosemite and they have similar trees. It really does put nature into perspective. Such grand and peaceful trees. It was the highlight of my vacation seeing giant Sequoia trees. It was one of my goals in life.

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    1. Yosemite is truly one of my most favorite spots in the world! It is awe-inspiring. I love to sit with a beer and just look up. So much beauty rising straight out of the earth! I'm so glad you were able to visit!
      ~xoxo!

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  7. Ohhh pretty! I want to visit there! Must add it to my "wish list of vacation spots". Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Liz :)

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