Summer is hiking time for us. We live in a wonderful corner of planet Earth and I want to introduce you to some of the places I walk with family, friends, and Robbie the resident Sheltie. It’s hot today, so we looked for a shady walk. I love it that our business planning meetings can be held anywhere!
Less than 15 minutes from our house we are deep in the redwood forest. This redwood forest provided the lumber for building after the Gold Rush. There were some forward thinking folks who saved the trees for future generations.
The Grandfather Tree, over 500 years old, still stands and our forest is the largest stand of Coast Redwoods in our area.
This is the trail I hiked with my Mom when I was young. Mom knew the name of every wildflower, tree, and edible plant. I was especially fond of gathering Yerba Buena for tea.
San Francisco was originally named Yerba Buena by Spanish settlers.
Today our walk took us by a wild bee hive (wish I could have taken a picture!) and we met a wonderful man who gave us a lesson in bird watching and pointed us to some Audibon walks for the Fall.
Redwood Sorrel was plentiful in the shade The leaves fold down when hit by sunlight. Then open back up immediately when the shade returns.
I love its little lavender flowers.
The Foxglove (digitalis) was also in bloom.
A couple of hours in the trees can calm a soul and get the creative juices flowing!