Wordful Wednesday-The California Redwoods

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I haven’t felt so young, EVER..…….as I did when I  stood amongst thousands-of-year-old trees in the Redwood Forest.

We took a steam train ride through the trees, and sadly, the kids weren’t particularly impressed.  The train didn’t move very quickly and the trees, well, they didn’t move.

We did have some excitement in our caboose though, which made it all worthwhile.

This man went a little crazy on board and started using all manner of profanity.  He was speaking in Spanish so I’m not sure about everything he said, but I know some of the words, and they are not said to compliment someone.  Oh, and after his tirade of naughty words?  He  then grabbed this other man and tried to pull him out of his wheel chair and off the train.  In the end, there was not just one lunatic screaming, but two.  We were mesmerized.

As a family, we decided we were thankful for the inappropriate outbursts though, because, why would we remember something as beautiful as a train ride through the Redwood Forest without added drama?

*I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a set of Calphelon Skillets this week.


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    My friend took me to the Redwood Forest when I was visiting and being there amidst those tall, tall trees just felt so humbling. I’d love to take my kids back there some day.

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    Haley says

    Sorry, you can delete my first linky, the link to the post is incorrect on that one…sorry for the mistake.

    Also, these photos are great! I’ve always wanted to see the red woods!
    .-= Haley´s last blog ..All the better to hear you =-.

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    Melissa says

    That looks like a great adventure to do with the fam.
    That’s pretty funny about the spanish speaking dudes.

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    What an exciting train ride. I’ve done that ride and I had a great time. I was about 13 years old at the time but I was still impressed and there were no raving lunatics aboard! And those redwoods are amazing.
    .-= T Rex Mom´s last blog ..Brother & Sister… =-.

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    My husband’s parents took him and his two brothers to the Redwood Forest and it has always been his dream to take our children too. I think we are a lot like you guys, wanting to get our kids out into nature to apprieciate the wonderful sites our great country has to offer.
    So what age is best? How old do you think they would have to be to “get it” and be excited?
    .-= Mommy Drinks Because You Cry´s last blog ..Are you there God? It’s me, Christie. =-.

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    Those majestic trees move to tears. They are so huge. So wise. So beautiful.

    But I don’t think my kids would get it yet either. My husband keeps suggesting we do a trip to Yellowstone and I’m worried they won’t appreciate it.

    Gorgeous pics!
    .-= Chefdruck´s last blog ..One Little Pill… One Mighty Trip =-.

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    The Redwoods are so cool! I remember that there used to be this ginormous tree that a car could drive through the trunk was that thick. All though, I could be remembering incorrectly because I remember seeing those pics as a little girl.

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    Wow I would love to go there! I bet its AMAZING!!!
    How FUN for the whole Family!!!
    What an Awesome experience…【ツ】
    .-= Rocio´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday…Spring Break ’10 part 3 =-.

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    I know hubby & I both would of enjoyed the steam train ride! Our kids enjoyed it when they went on a small one that went around the Milwaukee county zoo.
    I sure hope someone intervened and stopped that crazy dude!
    If I wouldn’t of Hubby would of probably tossed him off the train! LOL
    I will return all comments, still getting to know most of you here 🙂
    .-= Faythe @GrammyMousetails´s last blog ..WW/ the Mystery continues… =-.

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    How crazy!
    The redwoods are amazing, I will never forget driving through the one and going into that one gift store that is like actually in the base of a tree! AMAZING!

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    What a wonderful experience, minus the Spanish man with turrets of course. 😉 Your pictures are simply gorgeous. I can’t even imagine the feeling of awe and humbleness that overtakes you as you stand in the midst of all those magnificent trees.
    .-= Run DMT´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Miss Sharon! =-.

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    Oh that’s a shame that you had to deal with that at such a happy & beautiful moment in your trip…always something for sure. I remember visiting Baltimore Harbor when we were little and there was a angry swearing homeless man chasing us for spare change – we still talk about that one!
    .-= mamajoss´s last blog ..“Mommy, You’re Peeking!” =-.

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    One day, me and those Redwoods, one day. Just plain incredible.

    Too bad I wasn’t on the train with you, living in Texas comes with many fringe benefits – thorough knowledge of rapid Spanish vulgarity is just one. Out of a wheelchair? Zoweee.

    Maybe he didn’t think the train was moving fast enough either?
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..W.W. – Collateral damage. =-.

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    I don’t think it’s the same place, but we took a trip out to Sequoia National Park a couple of years ago and it was a hit with the whole family. Mason has been itching to go camping again ever since. Those giant trees are just awe-inspiring.
    .-= Angela @ Nine More Months´s last blog ..WW: Oh…crap =-.

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    Love the caboose story. 🙂 Drama is always an added bonus to any trip!!
    Beautiful photos Angie. I think we might ave to take a drive up the coast this summer with our girls. We have so much to see in such short drives in California, it really is awesome.
    .-= jennyleite´s last blog ..What I want… =-.

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    Jo says

    I love the redwoods! I grew up near them in the Bay Area, so I have a special place in my heart for them! They really are awe inspiring. The redwood forest makes me feel as if I am standing in a cathedral…the peace and majesty have a stillness that doesn’t seem to belong to our time.
    Thanks for sharing. (=

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    mmmm. redwoooooods. sounds like a nice place to be when you need to remember you’re just one wee little person in the whole big world. and the drama you witnessed. it will be something you talk about for a looong while! yeah to your family stories!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..maybe, =-.


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