Remember your roots...this quote made my wheels turn during our lengthy hike through the Redwoods. I found myself thinking of the impact trees have had on my life, in the sense that they have been a constant theme popping up throughout the years.
Every family is a mess...in a spectacular way. I believe that it makes us human, our mad imperfectness...the scramble. Before I was born, my dad lived in a forest near his family home for a year. This same escape has continued throughout his entire life, to this very day. He used to tell me that we are elves; that society is hell and that magic exists in the forests. He never did get on in society, and thus spent the majority of his life avoiding it. Elves...that is a story for another day.
I was terribly strange as a child. My mother used to call the neighbours to our yard because she couldn't get me out of the top of my favourite tree. It just seemed natural for me to climb, and once I reached the top, I didn't want to come down. I used to image myself to be a bird who could take off from the top and soar away. I think I still chase that feeling as an adult.
My relationship with trees continued when my mother met another man (who would become a prominent role in my life for about 22 years). He is an arborist, and owns a successful tree company. He shaped my knowledge of trees by bringing me to the woods with his daughters on hikes that would make us curse the world. We would leave thinking that it would be a casual walk, and ten minutes later he had his ropes and harness out and we would be scaling the side of a cliff, landing in knee deep river water. He encouraged me to lift up rocks to see what was living underneath, to get my fingernails dirty, and to ask questions about everything. We would listen to him as we walk...and as we trolled along we would learn about the health of various trees, their history and age. We would stand on edges hearing stories about Aboriginal tribes who used to live in the area. I would image a great Chief, riding his horse around the corner with his band.
It was in the forest that my imagination flourished.
Being amongst the Redwoods with my Husband was life changing. We barely spoke a word as we gazed up up up. We laughed as we imagined Dinosaurs roaming around the Valley, and imagined the trees walking around at night like old Ents from The Lord of the Rings. Little did we know, the Muir Woods was a setting in both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the forest moon of Endor in Star Wars The Return of the Jedi...oh the imagery we would have had in our Sci-Fi loving minds!
Go to the Muir Woods to feel very small. To feel like you have either stepped back in time, or onto another planet...and also to feel a humble appreciation for 1,200 year old trees who remind you about the ancient laws of life.
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