Video with a new app, a new gimbal, and a semi-new lens didn’t quite pan out. But a few hours along the mile-long Redwood Loop Trail puts things in perspective. It’s easy to feel small at the feet of giants.
In June 2019 I joined a Bay-area-based hiking meetup called “Sleep Late and Hike.” We met at one of my favorite state parks for a 10.5 mile hike to Maple Falls and back. Seven hours later we’d hiked closer to 13 miles, then returned to Aptos, CA for a festive dinner.
The weather gave me more than I expected when I took my new wide-angle lens to photograph some of the largest trees in the world.
I went south to escape mid-July heat, and discovered a wonderful forest that I didn’t want to leave.
On a warm June day I had the chance to travel on foot and by train through the great redwoods near Santa Cruz. I only got lost once.
Big Basin Redwoods is a popular destination in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I went expecting to join a group — but ended up going solo. Also, they sell baby trees.