Trip Report
2011-02-25 a lazy day in Muir Woods (sorta TR)
Friday February 25, 2011 8:25pm
During a break in the storms, we decided to check out a local Berkeley crag up on Grizzly Peak Blvd:




We were depressed by the condition of the place and the general stupidity that makes people think it's fun to do this:




But look closely, this is why we decided not to climb:








It was a a gentle reminder of how mother nature eventually rights herself after the violations of man.

Well, the protection was a little sketchy anyways:


The weather and the rock was a bit brisk and damp, forecast uncertain in Berkeley:


So we decided to go to Muir Woods for the day and be shutterbugs:






I love the smell of bay trees, and often grab a handful when I'm rapping off some Yosemite obscurity and thrashing around nearby. This was just a beautiful emerald carpet whose wonders changed with the shifting clouds and light:


When I walk around, I enjoy seeing different textures and patterns:




That's one of many things I share with my lady. She taught me what those "white balance" and "ISO" thingies are on my little digital pocket camera:







It was a magical trail, such a short amount of walking to separate us from the madding crowds:







It's hard to be agitated in a place like this. The stately natural rhythm of things finds subconscious resonance with our quiet inner peace:







We make a little game out of trying to capture the beauty we see all around us, and in those expanded moments of perception the little wonders fill our world:

















And let ourselves become tangled in patterns:






And we freeze time to savor every delicious drop that rolls off our fingers to dance before our eyes:







And we cherish the life we live together, not having to choose between doing what we love and being with our love:



It was a good day. But we're so lucky, it would have been a good day even if we sat around a paint-covered crag amidst shards of glass. Because we're with each other.


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nutjob
About the Author
nutjob is a climber from Berkeley, CA.

Some people call me the space cowboy yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
'Cause I speak of the pompetous of love

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scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
  Feb 25, 2011 - 08:32pm PT
Looks like a great day.
Here's to many more!
seneca

climber
jamais, jamais pays
  Feb 25, 2011 - 08:34pm PT
Scott
I always enjoy your posts, but this one was especially beautiful and nice.
Bob
eKat

Trad climber
  Feb 25, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
BEAUTIFUL!

TFPU!

:-)

eKat
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Feb 25, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
Yippee! Friday nature walk.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Feb 25, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
Great photos and wonderful prose. Thank you!
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Feb 25, 2011 - 09:49pm PT

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your walk in the woods.

Hope you don't mind I freshen up my Wallpaper.

...the Spider shot.

mud

Trad climber
CO
  Feb 25, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
Great photo's!

Joe Metz

Trad climber
Bay Area
  Feb 25, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
Yay!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 25, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
Thoughtful, with spectacular images, thanks Scott.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Feb 25, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
Beautiful job man.
Awesome nature detail pics.

Just think, the whole world used to be covered in stuff like that!


They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Matt Sarad

climber
  Feb 26, 2011 - 12:35am PT
When I took Sharon to Muir Woods for the first time in the rain, she cried at the incredible beauty surrounding her. She was so overcome that day.

Thank you for capturing it so eloquently.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Feb 26, 2011 - 12:41am PT
cool surprise! thx
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Feb 26, 2011 - 12:45am PT
Dig it, NutJob! That's a good TR.
TFPU! I like the owl shots, too. I climbed that rock once, sans owl.
I like it better with.
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Feb 26, 2011 - 12:51am PT
What a cool day-VERY pretty-the shots turned out excellent. I really like the ?mushrooms? and the owl!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Feb 26, 2011 - 01:18am PT
Muir Woods seems a popular topic in New York at the moment.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/a-park-rediscovers-its-soundscape/?scp=1&sq=muir&st=cse

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/science/earth/22sound.html?scp=2&sq=muir&st=cse

Substantial articles on how the park managers are protecting its environment, in particular from noise.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Feb 26, 2011 - 01:25am PT
beautiful photos! beautiful love...
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
  Feb 26, 2011 - 01:35am PT
Muir woods is a great place to spend a foggy rainy day. Thanks for capturing the magic and sharing it with us.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Feb 26, 2011 - 04:02am PT
hey there say, nutjob... wow, this is really nice reporting... say, but i have to re-read with the pictures....

there is more going on than meets the "words" in this case...
be right back, after the download here... or upload for whatever the ol' computer has to do here for the pics...

*your intro, is what made think i need to get more info here...
:O


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Feb 26, 2011 - 04:14am PT
hey there say, nutjob....


ohhhhhhhhhhhh my!!!!! awwwwww, the OWL... :)

i love owls.... ohmy... see, i KNEW this was not just a regular (lovely and exciting though they are) climbing trip... :)


say, my mom and i always loved the woods, and i do think, as a kid, i had a field trip to this woods, as well... (may have even gone as an adult, years and years ago, but not sure?) well, i love it...

my daughter, who is not very friendly with me as a buddy, ect, well:
when she was a baby and i carried her in the woods, she'd SING...
it seemed the one thing that was extra special to her, then, and i hope that somehow, someday, it will be sweet to her again...

:)


*well, back i go to see the rest of the pics unfold...
thanks so very much for sharing these woods...

i just talked to my mom, twice this week (a treat, as she lives far from me) and now this is part of my joy, joined into these last two nights....

god bless...
:)
this is an exxtra happy supertopo night, for me, in deed...
:)

*plus, there was a soft "magical" snowfall, just a bit again, that made you feel the quietness of the greatoutdoors, but in a gentle way, as if to unfold the freshness of new thoughts...
426

climber
  Feb 26, 2011 - 10:09am PT
Nice fotos yo
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
  Feb 26, 2011 - 10:37am PT
Nice pics! Thanks for sharing, you really brought out some of the unique-ness to that area.
okie

Trad climber
  Feb 26, 2011 - 10:56am PT
Beautiful. Owls are spirits visiting our world. That's my opinion.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 26, 2011 - 11:02am PT
I thought the owl was grafiti at first....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVFLuJRDUkQ
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
  Feb 26, 2011 - 11:08am PT
thanks for the views. got me to craving a cappucino.
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
  Feb 26, 2011 - 11:13am PT
I haven't been in Muir Woods in 45 years. Thank you so much for bringing it back to me so vividly. I can smell the dampness just looking at your photos.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Feb 26, 2011 - 11:16am PT
The Turkey Tails were popping. Thanks, the owl was cool.
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
  Feb 26, 2011 - 01:47pm PT
Nice thoughts... sounds like you were in another world, a separate reality frame of mind. Enjoying the photos... especially love the owl and how in one picture it looks like a tree stump with a knotted, angry eye. What great cover, except if someone ever climbs its rock.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
  Feb 26, 2011 - 02:30pm PT
Incredible!!!

An owl.. you spotted an owl.... Sitting still and looking at you... THATS F*#KING COOL!!!


three cheers for the shutterbugs!!!


Really great shots. Love the close ups and the time stretched ones.... Brilliant.

Thanks
brthomas

climber
  May 25, 2011 - 04:30pm PT
Excellent photos! Muir Woods is truly a magical place. The challenge of capturing the beauty in photos defiinitely adds to the enjoyment of being there.
BRT Insights - Hiking and photography at Muir Woods National Monument.
c_vultaggio

Trad climber
new york
  May 25, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
Nice work - I was out in Muir last year on a rainy day, some great photo ops there...


Credit: c_vultaggio

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