Taking a walk through a forest full of Redwoods

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2 - Entrance to Muir Woods
John and I originally planned to visit a park where we could drive through a Redwood tree until we learned that getting there was 5x longer than visiting John Muir in Mill Valley. We'll save the Eureka/driving through a hollowed Redwood tree and tour along the Oregon coast for another weekend.

From Walnut Creek, we took the Richmond Bridge ($4 toll) to cross the bay and to Mill Valley. This was also the same weekend Bay Bridge closed from Friday night through most of Monday (for those who do not live in the bay area, the Bay Bridge is one of the most popular and packed bridges used to get across the water from east-west, vice versa). Total drive time took about an hour since roads were curvy and sometimes narrow once we got closer.
6 - sun shining through
Parking was a little bit of a pain, but not too bad since we didn't mind walking farther instead of circling around for a closer spot. The park had walking trails that lead to the entrance which made avoiding cars on the road much easier :)

Entrance per person is $3 although I believe it's based on an honor system. No one checked our tickets and there were a lot of people passing through. I let John do all the trail picking since he did most of the research. There were notices posted by the maps letting visitors know which trails were closed and updates on popular trails where popular sites are not available, ex: limited access to views because of fire safety reasons or no view since all the water dried up. There was even a notice about people being stung by YellowJackets - yikes! We avoided that trail :P

The trail we took was fairly easy and didn't require us to hike up too much.
25 - muir beach overlook
We didn't get an overview of the area but it was a peaceful walk through the forest. As hot as it was outside, the redwood trees kept us pretty cool from the sun. Some of the trees were so big that I could fit inside. John too! We probably hiked for close to 2 hours before we finished our loop and got back to the car.

Next, we decided to visit Stinson beach since it was nearby and we have never gone. Along the way we saw a sign for Muir Beach Overlook and turned in to see what was there. It was lovely! We were high above the coast and were able to view Stinson beach. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was just beaming on us. Surprisingly, it wasn't very cold and even the breeze had a warm feel. We walked down the Overlook trail and hung out for a few minutes, taking pictures here and there and taking in the scenery. There was a couple making out at the viewpoint and another couple hidden away in the rocks (I guess not so hidden, hehe).

Since we were able to see Stinson beach from the overlook, our curiosities were satisfied and we decided to head on home for dinner.
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2 - Entrance to Muir Woods
2 - Entrance to Muir Woods
6 - sun shining through
6 - sun shining through
25 - muir beach overlook
25 - muir beach overlook
1 - Muir woods
1 - Muir woods
3 - sun shining above the Redwoods
3 - sun shining above the Redwoods
4 - Muir Woods
4 - Muir Woods
5 - looking up a Redwood tree
5 - looking up a Redwood tree
7 - the sun!
7 - the sun!
8 - a fallen redwood
8 - a fallen redwood
9 - me & a tree
9 - me & a tree
10 - up another redwood
10 - up another redwood
11 - muir woods
11 - muir woods
12 - closeups
12 - closeups
13 - view from laying on a park be…
13 - view from laying on a park b…
14 - closer view using my camera
14 - closer view using my camera
15 - john on a log
15 - john on a log
16 - i can fit in there
16 - i can fit in there
17 - stream of rocks
17 - stream of rocks
18 - this one curved at the top
18 - this one curved at the top
19 - view of trail
19 - view of trail
20 - cheese!
20 - cheese!
21 - this used to be a tree?
21 - this used to be a tree?
22 - Muir Beach overlook and, our …
22 - Muir Beach overlook and, our…
23 - muir beach overlook
23 - muir beach overlook
24 - theres john!
24 - there's john!
26 - overlook trail
26 - overlook trail
27 - muir beach overlook
27 - muir beach overlook
28 - beautiful day. breeze was fai…
28 - beautiful day. breeze was fa…
29 - overlooking Stinson beach
29 - overlooking Stinson beach
30 - muir beach overlook
30 - muir beach overlook
31 - muir beach overlook
31 - muir beach overlook
32 - muir beach overlook
32 - muir beach overlook
33 - muir beach overlook
33 - muir beach overlook
34 - old base end station
34 - old base end station
35 - @ muir beach overlook
35 - @ muir beach overlook
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