We went to see the redwoods in Marin County yesterday:
http://eclogiselle.com/muir/1.jpg and http://eclogiselle.com/muir/3.jpg
http://eclogiselle.com/muir/5.jpg and http://eclogiselle.com/muir/6.jpg
http://eclogiselle.com/muir/7.jpg and http://eclogiselle.com/muir/8.jpg
http://eclogiselle.com/muir/10.jpg and http://eclogiselle.com/muir/11.jpg We took more but why bore you to tears?
It is an interesting place from a planning perspective in part because it is in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from a residential neighborhood. I didn't think to take a picture of it, but the "self guided tour" (brochure and markers on the trail) points out the remains of a wall from when the stream was channelized. They are returning it to its natural state and it is now one of the few remaining natural places for a certain species of fish to spawn. We got to see some of the fingerlings in one of the shallow pools (it is the dry season here -- the creek was not much more than a trickle). They have made other changes in the park to reduce the negative impact of tourism on the ecosystem as a whole.
An interesting tidbit of history: The United Nations was formed in San Francisco in 1945 and they took a trip to Muir Woods on May 19th of that year as a tribute to FDR. There is a picture of all the delegates on display along the path we took. Somehow, that seems appropriate to me -- an old forest like that is spiritual in a non-denominational way.