In the Company of Redwoods

It felt like walking back in time, strolling around the loop in the park flanked by redwoods, families laughing and holding dialogue over a barbecue burger lunch. The aroma tickling our noses. Opened bags of chips and containers of various salads on the table ready for serving. Grandma shuffles across the street, both hands gripping her walker. Grandpa right beside her, his hand resting on her lower back. Deep, long-lasting love in his eyes. Parents play badminton with their children – a portrait of entertainment at its finest. Our stroll takes us to the bridge where we pause for a few minutes. Leaning against the rail, we see young girls and boys splashing in the creek, laughter whirling around in the warm June air. The sound, musical and magical. Redwoods stand tall in their regal manner, providing shade from the scorching rays of the golden ball in the bright cerulean sky.

A week has passed since extreme high temperatures inundated our area – no air conditioning, felt like we were simply existing, wiping sweat from our faces, zapped of all energy, fans at arm’s reach. So, a day among the Redwoods sounded ideal for a cool breather. Our stroll continues past the inviting, glistening creek where we spot poison oak on the side of the road, but we don’t touch. No desire to itch. A Western tiger swallowtail with its black tiger stripes and pretty pale-yellow wings joins us, flying around my husband then me, as if wanting to listen in on our conversation.

Campgrounds on our right display tents in all sizes and colors of blue, red, orange, and lime green. Kids of varied ages play games at a picnic table, a far cry from fingers flying across a keyboard. The delightful scene transports me to my childhood at our cabin on the corner, playing Yahtzee, or the classic Go Fish and Crazy Eights with my parents and sisters. A breeze whirls around us – we want to capture it with our bare hands, bottle it for when the house is sauna hot. A few dogs trot beside their owners, our dog mirrors them, happy to be outside with an abundance of stimulation: smells, people, children, food! His nose in overdrive!

We wind down the road, then make a U-turn. Reaching our picnic table, our stomachs begin to rumble, so my husband pulls out the Reuben sandwich for us to split – haven’t indulged in a Reuben in a hundred years, with orzo and tabbouleh salads for sides. What a feast. What a beautiful day in the company of the majestic Redwoods. His Deschutes IPA and my sangria tap. Cheers to 34 years ago on this day when he asked me that timeless question and I said, “Yes.”

Lauren Scott (c)

33 thoughts on “In the Company of Redwoods

    1. Thanks so much, Kamal. This is our favorite park with the amazing Redwoods. And it was a relief to find some cooler respite. 🙂 I appreciate your lovely words. 💞

  1. Congratulations on those wonderful 34 years of togetherness Lauren… and those words described a beautiful walk in the company of Redwoods…
    Sending love and well wishes for many more wonderful years and walks of togetherness.. ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Sue, for your lovely words and wishes. Time sure flies! 🙂 And because of your love for nature, you would love this park. Love and hugs to you, dear friend. 💗💗

  2. Jane Sturgeon

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your 34 years of ‘Yes’, lovely Lauren and Matt. ❤ Glad you managed to escape the heat in such a special way. Bless nature and you both. ❤ xXx ❤ ❤

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely words, Jane. It was a wonderful and relaxing day. So beautiful that I had to write about the Redwoods. Love to you both, too! 💞🌻💞

  3. Pingback: In the Company of Redwoods – MobsterTiger

  4. Oh my, what an astonishing and stunning place to celebrate your 34th engagement anniversary! This looks sublime! I love your description of not only the majestic trees and surrounding nature but also of the joy and love of fellow visitors to this tranquil cooling haven.

    1. Thanks for reading, Annika. This park is our favorite and is only twenty minutes from our house. But it feels like a whole new world when walking among those redwoods with laughter in the air. 💕

I appreciate your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s