Nature Succeeds Again!

On Labor Day, my husband and I wanted to escape the heat, so we drove into West Marin to pick up sandwiches at our special deli. Then we headed for Taylor Park to picnic among the Redwoods where the air would feel a little more welcoming. We savored those delicious sandwiches to the last bite, chatted about life, read for a bit, then we strolled through the park, enjoying the sights and sounds. I hope you’ll join me as I reminisce…

Looking up to the majestic Redwoods
from our picnic table.
A view of the park.
In the late 1800’s, this park was known as the resort,
“Camp Taylor.”
The old fish pond.
Time to cool off in the creek!
Be on the lookout!
Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous fall colors.
Poison Oak is toxic to humans, causing a
very itchy rash.
The old outdoor theatre. “Welcome, Everyone. Today
we’ll learn about the nighttime animals that wander
through the resort.”
On the trail again!
Anybody home?
The soft-looking texture of ferns.

And now I will leave you with this beautiful poem of mindfulness by Kaveri Patel:

Dear You,

You who always have
so many things to do
so many places to be
your mind spinning like
fan blades at high speed
each moment always a blur
because you’re never still.

I know you’re tired.
I also know it’s not your fault.
The constant brain-buzz is like
a swarm of bees threatening
to sting if you close your eyes.
You’ve forgotten something again.
You need to prepare for that or else.
You should have done that differently.

What if you closed your eyes?
Would the world fall
apart without you?
Or would your mind
become the open sky
flock of thoughts
flying across the sunrise
as you just watched and smiled.

Spending time in this tranquil park made us pause. We listened to birds chirping, children laughing, and the soothing babbles of the creek. I invite you to ponder these words of Kaveri Patel.
Will you allow yourself to simply watch and smile? I will certainly try…

Thanks for stopping by and stay well!
~Lauren ❀️
More information about Kaveri Patel.

60 thoughts on “Nature Succeeds Again!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this stroll, Marina. Well, now you know about poison oak, so keep your distance. πŸ™‚ I’ve had it before and it’s agonizing. The more you scratch, the more it itches. Anyway, we love this park and never get tired of visiting. Hugs, my friend. πŸ’žπŸ€—πŸ’ž

    1. Thanks so much, John. I’m glad you enjoyed the sights and the poem. I thought her words were powerful, conveying a message worth much contemplation. And we’re grateful for such a beautiful park only 20 minutes away.

    1. Redwoods are truly awe-inspiring. My husband is a tree lover so we’re not shy about hugging the trees. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Robbie. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the poem. πŸ’—

    1. Thanks, Diana. We’re grateful to have this park in our “backyard.” I’m happy you enjoyed the walk and the sights. And I’m sure it’s beautiful where you live too. OR is one of our desired retirement locations. We shall see. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by. πŸ’–

      1. Funny! Yeah, I forgot the blizzards and we live in earthquake country! There’s probably no magical place where Mother Nature doesn’t show her anger. We also want to see where our kids are at that time too. Not sure if we could live on the east coast with humidity either. Sigh 😌

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  2. Lauren, thank you for letting us join in with the peace and harmony of your picnic under the Redwoods. The trees are astonishing and uplifting to view and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the surroundings. Did you perform an impromptu few lines on the old stage? Oh, thank you SO much for sharing Kaveri Patel’s poem. It is sublime, simple but full of wisdom. This week we’ve been on a few outings ourselves and had one glorious picnic by the seaside and just felt life, the breeze, the sea air. Everything stopped and it was heavenly! We must never forget what is really important in the midst of the bustle of activity!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the trees and this walk, Annika. We’re thankful to have this park in our backyard. I know you would love it because of your love of nature. As a matter of fact, I did perform a little impromptu on that stage. Just being silly. And the poem says so much that we would all benefit from. I assume your picnic was for your birthday? Sounds lovely! Thanks again for popping in and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

  3. There you go, making me homesick again. I love the Samuel P. Taylor Park. Our kids used to camp there often in the summer. I admit, I’ve never walked around there with my guy, and you are encouraging me to do so the next time we have a long visit to Marin. When when when? This has been the longest we’ve been away, thanks to Covid. But, you bring Marin and its beauty to me here in your post. THANKS. And the poem is a wonderful reminder of our insignificance, and how much happier/peaceful we’d be if we just STOP and breathe in all around us.

    1. I’m sure it’s lovely where you live, Pam, but yes, Marin is magical in its own way. We’d love to move for retirement, but we’re just not sure yet. I hope you get to return soon, but even we’re planning on flying to VA in Nov. to see our son and his new home. However, it’ll all depend on Covid, and we’re even unsure as to whether we should fly or not. We’ve stayed safe this long. Many are flying, so it’s hard to know what to do. Time will guide us into choosing, and I assume the same for you. Glad you loved the poem that conveys so much wisdom. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend! πŸ’—

      1. Ugh – I understand the dilemma. Yes, right there with you. But…. Virginia in November will be so lovely! (I attended my first year of college in VA). And to see your son and his new home! I’m sending hope that you can do it.

    1. Thanks, Teagan! It’s only about 20 minutes away, but it feels like another world. Those trees are magical, aren’t they? I’m glad you liked the sign too. I had to include it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Hugs back!

  4. Mother Wintermoon

    Gorgeous scenery! What a blessing it is to walk and dine among redwoods. Love the poem by KP. β€œWatch and smile” … MW πŸ™

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics, Resa. We never get tired of visiting this park. And I wish I could pass a sandwich through to you, but that may require some magic. πŸ™‚ And I’m a little late, so most likely, you’ve satisfied your tummy rumbles. πŸ™‚
      I’m happy you liked the poem too. πŸ’žπŸ’ž

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