Tuesday, May 13, 2014

9:09 PM
The story goes that in 1899 there was a fire in a redwood grove in the Coast Range west of what is now called Silicon Valley. The fire was extinguished using several thousand gallons of wine from a nearby winery. This incident - Fire in Thousand Year Old Trees Put Out With Wine - made the news, catching the attention of many, including a prominent Bay Area photographer named Andrew P. Hill.  On a magazine commission, he traveled by rail up to the redwood forests to photograph the majestic trees and in the process managed to piss off a local landowner who booted him and his camera out of the forest. Struck with the beauty and grandeur of the redwood forests, Hill began a campaign to preserve these lands in perpetuity - for the habitat these forests support, and for the public - so that all might have access.  And such was the beginning of the Sempervirens Fund, for whom we can thank for Big Basin Redwoods SP, Butano SP, Little Basin and the hopefully soon-to-be Great Park.

I was fortunate to spend a portion of Mother's Day Weekend camping in Little Basin with a big group of families.  The park is located adjacent to Big Basin Redwoods SP and encompasses 535 acres of coastal redwoods, scenic woodlands, lilac-sprinkled meadows, and a few rustic cabins (with heaters!) and campsites.  It is a special place, this Little Basin, with...
Kid-Friendly Hiking,
Massive Stump Climbing Opportunities, and
Amazing Views
The decadent brunch prepared by the "Dads" in a sunny morning meadow wasn't too shabby either, especially after the experience of spending quality time with family and friends in such a beautiful and fragile place.  In the same way we can't imagine our lives without the messy chaos that is family, it is easy to lose sight of what this earth would look like without the intrusion of human kind.  We humans have cut such a wide swath of destruction in our wake that it is poignantly heart wrenching to spend time in a place that feels somehow magically untouched (at least in parts) - to walk on soft redwood duff instead of pavement, to be cooled by the shade of a massive tree rather than an HVAC system, to pee by moonlight instead of florescent light - in many ways these experiences are so elemental, so profound, so worth preserving.  Thank you to the Sempervirens Fund for staking a claim 114 years ago and saying that these places and these experiences must be protected, and to my friend who carries their mission forward today.

Happy Mother's Day, Mother Earth. May we do better by you in the future than we have to date.
Nature's Bouquet
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