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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Muir Woods

A somewhat untypical but nonetheless favoured selection in Baby Dog’s library is little board book called The Tallest Tree. It tells about all the wildlife to be found in and around the trees in California’s redwood forests, such as the Stellar’s Jay, “a bright blue noisy bird.” When we come to the Stellar’s Jay page, she exclaims “Noisy bird!” Earlier this week, Mama Dog suggested we should at some point make the trip across the Richmond Bridge to Muir Woods for a look at the real thing. I said “Why not this weekend?” So that’s what we did this morning, Mama Dog, Baby Dog, Halmonie, and I. It’s about a forty-five minute drive from our house (potentially longer if you head out, as we did, without realising you don’t have the directions). We brought the stroller along, but I viewed it as another opportunity for Baby Dog to practice her walking. We switched off between the three of us, either holding Baby Dog’s hand while she walked or carrying her. We put her in the stroller for the return trip. It’s kind of a citified park – the trail is a boardwalk – so it was easy going for both a newly toddling baby and a wearied stroller. Baby Dog got to see moss and lichen and flowers and spiders in their webs and most of all really tall trees. “Tall tree!” she observed, craning back to see the top of a redwood. The creek that runs through the park (Redwood Creek?) was rain-swollen and dramatically flowing, with little foaming falls and rapids. Not enough to break Ronny Cox’s neck, but impressive enough for Baby Dog, who kept pointing and exclaiming “Water!” We never did see the bright blue noisy bird, but we sure did see us some tall trees.

In other news, I’ve decided that “Kenilus” is a lame name for the Kenilus. Henceforth they shall be known as the Funkadelics – Papa Funkadelic, Mama Funkadelic, Baby Funkadelic, and Doggie Funkadelic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds lovely. We took my toddling son out to the bush last weekend also. I would have done it more often if I knew he would get so much enjoyment from playing with possum pooh!

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