"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!" ~John Muir
I think it's really important to take the time to go out into Nature as often as we can. I love to show my children what life really is, and what it should be, and the Muir Woods National Monument is my most beloved place to do so.
I have been coming here for nearly 15 years. As a teenager, I hiked the Dipsea trail with my best friends, and climbed nearby Mt. Tamalpais with an old boyfriend on a couple occasions. I've trekked from the woods to Muir beach and even hitched a ride back to town once when I was in a particularly adventurous phase (don't try it, it could be dangerous!).
But my most favorite thing to do is to just sit in the quiet of the Redwoods. I always get an overwhelming sense of peace, and whatever might be going on out in the rest of the world doesn't matter because I am at once at ease in the surroundings that Nature provides. I have wanted for years upon years to live in the midst of that beauty, and would happily work amongst it as well. I haven't given up that dream, it is waiting for me to come & grasp it. Someday I will, because it is where my soul lies, and also where my heart belongs.