As we all know, weather doesn’t always end up being the perfect sunny forecast for our carefully planned vacations. Whether it’s a snow blizzard at the log cabin retreat or a rainy weekend trip to the coast, mother nature may not have known that sunbathing was #1 on the weekend agenda. But the flexible traveler can take this unforeseen change in weather as an opportunity to experience the landscapes most organic elements.
Hiking through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, I realized these conditions weren’t exactly what we had imagined when planning this trip a few months back. Constant rain made camping quite interesting, with no way to make a fire and a really wet dog that wanted in and out of the tent. We planned this trip in spring in order to avoid the large summer crowds. Turns out summer might be high season for a reason.
Without a soul in sight, I came upon a tree trunk my entire apartment could fit in. Speechless, I looked up and there was my moment of clarity. These magnificent giants, reaching hundreds of feet high, were enjoying every last drop of rain. After all, how did they become so massive? In that moment of connection the burden of a wet tent or muddy shoes dwindled to the size of ants on a playground or us among the old-growth redwood trees.
Never again will ‘ideal’ weather be on my travel wish list–witnessing natural beauty is as good as it gets!
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