Saturday, February 5, 2011

Making Headway


photo by v.bonales 2010
 So, hubby and I were having dinner with one of the traveling physicians, and he told us about the Headwaters Forest Reserve which is located about 8 miles north of where we live.  He talked about a paved mile hike followed by about another 2 miles of graveled trail.  After that is a steep, uphill 2.5 miles leading to a grove of untouched redwood trees.  And this is just a small part of the 7500+ acres that make up the reserve.

Yeah, we made it to the three mile marker and turned around.  But, I was amazed yet again at how much beauty and history is located so close by.  The BLM has signs posted along the first mile of the trail that give you information about the area;  where prior dwellings were, the history, etc.  One picture showed a bustling logging town named Falk some time around 1902.  Now, there is just forest.
photo by v.bonales 2010

You look up the hill and can't even begin to imagine that a mill, a general store, a saloon, etc. even stood in that site.  I think what I am sometimes most amazed about is how quickly nature reclaims the land.  My mind is blown away when I stop to think about these 1,000+ year old redwoods that have withstood forest fires, logging companies, a town, and are now a part of reclaimed forest.  This truly is an amazing place, and I am lucky to be here now and able to continue to explore and stand in awe of nature.

Can't wait to find that next hidden treasure.  Oh, and also can't wait to get into shape to make it up that last 2.5 mile climb.  I am sure it will be well worth it!

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing place'.
It is humbling how nature takes over once we humans vacate. I'm glad the giant redwoods survived. I think I will come back as a redwood tree. lol

Jeanie xx