Natures sky scrapers
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October 21st, 2008 – by: mattango
The road into the park reminded me of a hill-pass in Europe. I'd never seen windy roads in the US like this before but I couldn't help but feel at home in the twists and turns that descend into Muirwoods. The tyres letting out an enjoyable squeal on each bend. My poor Toyota was surely never meant for this and it's pathetic brakes were already fading fast after a minute of aggressive, accelerated descent.
Muirwoods is pretty easy to find once you get onto highway 1 and is sign posted all the way. I paid the $5 entrance fee and grabbed a cup of tea a tuna roll - oh the things we British do! So predictable! I headed into the wood, my mouth barely able to close. Each tree standing hundreds of feet high, my neck was quickly getting sore. On the lower levels there are plenty of tourists on the boardwalk. Unfortunately, this spoils a perfectly good forest for me. So as soon as I had the opportunity, I took the first track not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, the unfit and the elderly!
The path way climbs steeply up the hill away from the paved area and deep in to the forest. The only noise was my back pack and my feet trampling the steep, pine needle lined path.
Suddenly, there was a crunch of leaf litter and the most amazing thing happened. A deer strolled out on the path way, barely 2 meters away. I reached for my camera slowly and carefully selected settings, each twist muted under my t-shirt. She was still unaware of me and continued to sift through leaves along the path edge. Eventually, I couldn't help myself and closed the shutter. I half expected her to jump but she just looked up at me inquisitively before slowly backing away into forest.
I continued on the path, stopping occasionally to see other animals hidden to noisy hikers. I headed back to the main path way and managed to find a spot in the sunlight by a gentle stream to sit and read for a while but to be honest, this place was far to beautiful to waste it with my head inside the covers of a book about Oranges. Even though it's a really interesting read! So, I sat a rested for thirty minutes watching nature around me.
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