Today marks the end of our visit to California so we thought we'd send it off right. Not just any activity would do, who knows when we'll be back. We would have to do something that allowed us ample quality time, not too big of a crowd, and not a ton of drive time. Since we've been staying in Novato Brandon suggested we go to the Muir Woods which is about 20 minutes away, just north of San Francisco. Muir Woods was named in dedication to John Muir, an early advocate of preservation of wilderness. Muir valued nature for its spiritual and transcendental qualities. He viewed it as a place for rest, inspiration, and prayers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir). Along the path there is a section named "Cathedral Grove" and it is just that. As you walk through the monolithic redwoods you feel as though you are in the presence of God. I've never seen anything so beautiful, nor have I been more moved by landscape. I could not have picked a better place to make life long memories. A time to reflect, to share a conversation with my husband about our hopes for our family's future, and the opportunity to be grateful for all of life's blessings. Although this life is not for everyone..... it is for me, and I have so much to be grateful for.