My parents are up visiting with a guest from Germany, so Dave and I had a chance to play tourist with them today. We went to Causality for lunch and then to Muir Woods. For those of you not familiar with Muir Woods, let me quote the website: it's the only old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area and one of the last on the planet. It is estimated that nearly 2 million acres of forest just like Muir Woods once covered a narrow strip along the coasts of California and Oregon. Today, 97% of this has been impaired or altered and most coastal redwoods now grow on protected second and third growth forests or managed timber plantations. Thanks to William Kent's preservation efforts, Muir Woods was spared this fate and remains as a very accessible yet prime example of an old-growth forest.
"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.
I have to agree. I've only been there once before, back in 1995, before the trails were marked with wooden rails, keeping you on a boardwalk. No longer can tourist go into the Cathedral Grove and step inside these huge thousand year old trees, but the majesty and mystery is still evident from the trail. A creek runs next to the main trail, moss covering rocks and roots along its edge. Patches of over sized clover covers the ground and ferns reminiscent of JURASSIC PARK overhangs the creek. Gorgeous. Peaceful. And all I could think of was, "Wow, this would make a GREAT setting for a zombie story!"
Should I worry? Should I be concerned that I'm surrounded by all of this majestic beauty and all I can think of is "that huge hollowed tree would make a GREAT place to hide if you were being chased by zombies/murderers/tax collectors." My question to you all is, how often are you visiting some gorgeous or historically significant location and spend your time there thinking about using it as a setting for murder and mayhem? Given this group, I'm thinking the answer will be "Oh, heck, all the time!"