Thursday, May 16, 2019

Big Trees and Banana Slugs!

Swingin' in the trees at Muir Woods National Monument 

In honor of today being Love a Tree Day, I have a little story to share from our visit to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County, Northern California. 

The Coastal Redwood is the world's tallest living thing! 
Muir Woods is a splendid redwood retreat for forest lovers, and it shares a tale of preservation and land stewardship. In 1905, William and Elizabeth Kent purchased the land in order to protect the last stands of uncut redwoods. In 1908, they donated it to the federal government, and President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the forest a National Monument. It was named in honor of John Muir (one of my favorite tree huggers) at the request of William Kent. Today, visitors can follow self-guided trails through the last old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area, and also visit Muir Beach.

Such Pretty Wildflowers!
As we explored Muir Woods it was easy to imagine that we were in a magical forest where fairies and ‘Tinkerbells’ played under the fern leaves, poking their heads out through the middle of the wildflowers. I could see giant dinosaurs stomping their way through, just like in Jurassic Park! This is the stuff dreams are made of–the ultimate escape!

Bandito the Banana Slug
Besides the towering redwoods, the other plantlife intrigued me, including the sword ferns, redwood sorrel, mushrooms, and wildflowers. One of my favorite experiences was meeting my first banana slug. At first I was upset because I thought this slimy dude would eat MY bananas for the picnic–but then, after our little chat, I realized he was named after a banana because it looked like one, not because it eats them. Still, they are a bit yucky!

You can watch our video of Muir Woods below, or on

Don’t you think that every day should be Love a Tree Day?
Miss P.

PS….I’m so excited! In less than two weeks we’ll be off exploring Northern Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado! Stay Tuned!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Three Mothers for Mother Nature

Happy Mother's Day!

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I want to tip my hat to three inspiring and noteworthy ladies: Rosalie Barrow Edge, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Louise Carson. While they may not have birthed their own children, they sure had motherly strengths as advocates and activists, who worked hard to protect and preserve our parks and environment. They were “Mothers of Mother Nature!”  

Rosalie Barrow Edge
ROSALIE BARROW EDGE (November 3, 1877 – November 30, 1962)
“The time to protect a species is while it is still common.”

Rosalie Barrow was a New York socialite and suffragist, as well as an amateur birdwatcher and full-time volunteer conservationist. In 1929 she established the Emergency Conservation Committee, and in 1934 Edge founded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first preserve for birds of prey. She also led grassroots campaigns to create Olympic and Kings Canyon National Parks, and successfully lobbied Congress to purchase 8,000 acres of old-growth sugar pines on the perimeter of Yosemite that were to be logged.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS: (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998) 
“It is a woman’s business to be interested in the environment. It’s an extended form of housekeeping.”

Known as “Defender of the Everglades,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist and activist who took on the fight for feminism, racial justice, and conservation. As an environmentalist she fought hard against the efforts to drain the Everglades, and reclaim land for development. She is the author of “The Everglades: River of Grass,” and formed the Friends of the Everglades. Everglades National Park has a wilderness area named for in honor of her legacy.

Rachel Carson
RACHEL LOUISE CARSON (May 27, 1907 – April 14,
“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.”

Best-selling author Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and conservationist whose activism, writing and books, “Silent Spring”, “The Sea Around Us”, “The Edge of the Sea”, and “Under the Sea Wind,” helped to advance the global environmental movement around the world. “Silent Spring” showcased environmental concerns regarding the use of synthetic pesticides and DDT, and inspired a grassroots movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A Big Thank You to All Moms! Happy Mother's Day!
Miss P.

Big Trees and Banana Slugs!

Swingin' in the trees at Muir Woods National Monument  In honor of today being Love a Tree Day, I have a little story to share fr...