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Vacation: Part 16: Avenue of the Giants: 03/09/07
Our last stop as tourists before hitting the bay area (and having lunch again at the Owl Cafe) was the visitors' center at the southern end of the Avenue of the Giants. It was a chance to show Sean the timeline of a redwood. It has dates marked along its rings to give a sense of just how old these trees can live to be.
Sean though didn't want to look at any more trees. He knew we had a long day of driving and that this would probably be his last chance to run around for the rest of the day. And run he did. Ian tried to take some photographs of him (while I changed Harriet and quickly nursed her to fill her up for the long drive). Sean normally stands still for photographs but not this time. He was having too much fun running around and hiding and letting off steam. All Ian managed to get were a few blurry photographs or ones where Sean's head was out of frame.
Although we were only gone couple of days we've all come home refreshed and happy. While it's been nearly three weeks since we arrived home, I'm still dreaming of redwoods most nights. It's like I'm still on vacation.
I haven't dreamt like this since I was Sean's age and my parents would take me up to Idyllwild. The sites and sounds would be so strong and lasting that I could see them projected in front of me in the darkness as I was slipping into sleep. It's nice to be experiencing that sort of recall thirty years later.