Visiting the Giant Redwood trees in California has been a dream of mine since writing my fourth grade research paper. I love water, I love clouds, and I love trees. Walking through this dense forest I could feel a quiet energy, a wisdom.
The earth is soft as I walk, covered in leaves and layers of earth. Ferns flourish under the large canopies shading the sunlight while streams trickle between undergrowth. The bark, rough against my hand as I touch it and connects me with stories of survival. A creation enduring thousands of years on this earth. A majestic being.
I could listen for hours. My body responds by releasing tight muscles in my neck and shoulders. There is serenity here in this thick forest. I am reminded that sitting still is life enriching and perhaps more important than being busy. I find my thoughts here, unclouded and rich.
The hike ends with a gathering under Big Tree. Standing under its 304ft high canopy we are in awe of its 21.6 ft diameter trunk, measuring 68 ft in circumference. As I run my fingers across Big Tree, I am connected with 1500 years of creation. My soul feels loved.