One of the joys of traveling as a family is the ability to not only set our own schedule, but to set our rhythm of destinations. After spending three days in the busy Bay area consulting with clients, we decided to take a few days to go out of our way to relax in the forest.
Just north of the Bay area is the Samuel P. Taylor Redwood park. We drove up there without making reservations (one of the benefits of traveling in the off-season) and found a truly amazing spot. We had previously been perched atop Anthony Chabot sitting over Oakland as the election riots raged beneath us. We had rented a car through our favorite app, TURO, and were driving into Walnut Creek everyday for 10 hour work days. Now we needed some relaxation time before we picked up and headed out to Tucson for Thanksgiving. The redwood forest proved to be just that.
Our site was situated amongst enormous redwood trees and some of their root systems exposed a cave that we called the Dragon cave.
After exploring the dragon cave, we went to go explore the river right next to us. Turns out, we were right at the beginning of salmon season. There were about 15 salmon the size of our six year old swimming three feet out in a swimming hole in the creek. They had been the vanguards of the salmon run, the first in class.
Since they were the first, they had been torn up by the rocks and sticks in the river, that they may pave the way and guide others. Having received our lumps and bruises in the first few months of our travels, we felt a kinship with these salmon. Sitting by the stream, in the old growth forests, we felt a million miles away from the political turmoil that was stirring post election. This will be an interesting year.