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Muir Woods National Monument - California
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|Muir Woods is a remnant of the ancient coast redwood forests that blanketed northern
California coastal valleys before the 1800s. A local businessman, William Kent, donated
295 acres to the federal government and requested it be named after conservationist, John
Muir. It was proclaimed a national monument in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt. Paths beneath
the giant redwoods meander through the forest.
|"This is the best tree-lover's
monument that could possibly
be found in all the forests of
the world. You have done me
great honor, and I am proud
John Muir to William Kent
|We strolled leisurely along the Redwood Creek to Bridge 4 and up along the Hillside Trail. We had limited time, but we enjoyed what we
had. The Cathedral Grove was indeed a sacred kind of place. These redwoods, the world's tallest living things, are majestic, providing a
filtered canopy to the shade-loving undergrowth and critters below. Nightshade and redwood sorrel carpet the forest floor and stellar jays
flit from branch to branch. Shelf fungi reminded me of oysters.
|From the hill above Muir Woods,we could see San Francisco Bay and a huge fog bank forming above it.
California thistle is a noxious weed, but still beautiful.