Sunday, May 15, 2011

The *real* California giants

Earlier this month, dad flew down for some bay area adventures. We had a fun time eating Thai food in the city, hanging out in North Beach, and driving up to Marin to see the Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods has been on my bay area bucket list and it did not disappoint. It is quite popular, and yes, crowded even on a weekday, but on the trails you can hike for miles in near solitude. The park was named in honor of John Muir, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club.

Sequoia sempervirens.

The average age of redwoods in this park are between 500 - 800 years old, and the oldest is 1,200 years old.

Muir Beach overlook

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