Travel With Me #3: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Visiting this redwoods state park was a memorable nature experience for our family. The towering trees are all different in sizes and idiosyncratic features. The tallest tree at this part is around 1500 years old; these trees have experienced history over the years. It was a time machine back into history.

During our 2020 wildfires in the bay area, this park was threatened by the fires, about 2 acres damaged. I thought this park was more heavily damaged, but it was Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 30 minutes father north from Henry Cowell State Park, that had more extensive damage from the fires. Their historic buildings burned down and redwood trees scorched or badly harmed by the flames.

Hopefully, the redwood trees will regrow with more strength and resilience over the years!

Thanks Yvette for inviting me to this challenge! It’s a pleasure to share my travel photos and to reminisce. Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!

Photo challenge. Reflections: years later

2005 or 2006 Engagement photo. Been a long time: all the years blend together!
Sibling photo_December 2006

When sorting through pictures last week, I found two pictures with interesting similarities between Chris and I, and the kids.

How in the world are both pictures in similar poses with a Christmas background?! They’re like mini versions of us. I’m sure when they get older, they’ll scream when they see this photo. “Ick,” they’ll say. It’s was the photographer’s idea…I think they have standard poses for siblings in that age range.

I will cherish these photos for a long time. I took pictures of pictures on my cell phone, rushing, in case we had to evacuate from the wildfires. Pictures are memories of times past, good and bad, and the thought of losing them made me nervous. Since the fire warning lifted, I can now scan the pictures slowly and do so without the cellphone shadow.

(These pictures I took from the original photos, so you’ll see the shadow on the latter half of the picture.)

The many memories I will forever treasure. 

K. Hooton

Thanks City Sonnet for hosting the photo a day challenge every month!

Six Word Saturday: What do you think lives inside?

A slow rattling sound could be heard behind the green part of this rock wall. Whatever it was, I told them to step away. What if a snake poked his head out? No Thanks!
Still wondering about that sound. Ellis is not taking any chances…stands behind brother.

Thanks Debbie for hosting this challenge!