Thursday's Child: Muir Woods National Monument

Thursday, October 17, 2013
My final post on the San Francisco area covers our day trip to Muir Woods National Monument. Located half an hour outside the city, the area was slated to be flooded as part of a dam project. It was saved in 1908 when congressman William Kent, who owned the land, donated it to the American government. The park was named after naturalist John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club and helped establish the National Park system. 

Today, thanks to Kent's generosity, the beautiful Coast Redwoods in Muir Woods grow to 250 feet tall, and many range between 400 and 800 years old. The oldest is believed to be 1200 years old.

This monument is a place of peace and beauty, and I'll let the photos speak for themselves.







Three generations visit Muir Woods


28 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

So peaceful and beautiful! 3 generations all have LONG legs!!

Bonnie said...

Beth, We visited Muir Woods often when lived outside of SF. They really are amazing. One of my favorite photos of my daughter and husband was taken at the bridge. Beautiful photos! Bonnie

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

I loved visited Muir Woods as a child and loved reading about your visit. And that last picture is SO cool!

bakewithjill.com said...

Beautiful. It's been many years since I've been there and would love to go back.

yummychunklet said...

Lovely nature photos!

Valerie Gamine said...

Gorgeous photos, Beth! Exactly what I needed on this dreary, autumn day. :)

Barbara said...

We went there years ago. It's amazing. Thanks for the reminders... your photos are marvelous. What a cute pic of three generations!

Patty Price said...

Gorgeous photos!!!! I love Muir Woods and have been on many a field trip with all my kids classes over the years ;) Love the picture of the three generations-the redwood trees always make me think of history and all the generations that have enjoyed them;)

Claire Davis said...

San Fran is on my list!! Beautiful, I can imagine it must have been overwhelming to be there in person among all the huge trees.

vanillasugarblog said...

I miss cali so much.
And now that winter is approaching on cape cod I miss it even more.
The cold and I do not get along.

CQUEK said...

beautiful place to explore.

dentistvschef said...

Wow, such a huce and fascinating woods, the scene is peacefull too!
all the three generations are beautifull too!

I Wilkerson said...

Alas, the last time I was in San Francisco I was attending conference session while my husband was wandering through the parks... Oh, guess it just means I need to go back!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

Extraordinary photos of an extraordinary natural treasure, along with three extraordinary generations of women enjoying all of it! I must return and do the same, and not 'pass through' as I did my one and only time there!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I love Muir Woods! Just a peaceful place. Great pictures, including the 3-generations one! Thanks so much.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures, had to stop and just stare at some of them! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful adventure with us!

Joanne said...

Oh my those trees are amazing! Kind of majestic, in a way.

Katerina said...

What a beautiful scenery Beth! I can see a relation between those trees and the three generations in the last picture!

nancy at good food matters said...

I loved seeing your cathedral-like images of the Muir Woods, a sacred place I visited about 8 years ago. My only mistake then---I hugged a tree, and somehow got poison ivy!

Natalie G said...

Love these pictures!

Guru Uru said...

This national park is beautiful, so much nature :D

Cheers
CCU

Daniela Grimburg said...

Those are such beautiful pictures and the plays is so peaceful and serene.
Love the three generation picture!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, beautiful photography, just amazing and I love your three generation picture so much - all of you three ladies look so happy and wonderful!

Daniela Grimburg said...

Sorry, meant of course "place" :))

Gloria Baker said...

these look really beautiful!! Love yours shots!!

Kathy said...

Your photos are just gorgeous, Beth. We just came back from the west coast and visited Muir Woods…loved it! I think I have a photo of me in that same tree! Hated the ride there though…those very steep, windy roads…oh my!!

Julie said...

Beautiful photos!! I visited Muir Woods as a child and will always remember it.

Sue said...

I love the redwoods! They are so awe-inspiring! Great photo of the three generations! <3

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