The Redwood Didn’t Hug Back..Jerkface

Redwoods are really gigantic trees that are not found anywhere in the desert I grew up in. I looked. All we have is Joshua trees, and they lack the oomph that redwoods have.  They only get to be about twenty feet and can look rather alien-ish scary. Imagine a field of fuzzy things from “mars” all raising their arms at you.

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See …weird alien landscape.  Found this photo at HawkedBackpacking.com. 

This is my childhood, with the occasional jaunts to Mt. Charleston for some.. gasp.. pine trees. Mt. Charleston is lovely, but it isn’t the grand arboreal forests I have heard of in California. Places with trees so large that to hug one, it would take you and six friends. I love the landscape. Desert, forest, or arctic tundra. But for some reason, I was particularly entranced and interested in this one type of tree. Call it part novelty and part appreciation.

A very good friend of my, more like a sister really, is from behind the “The Redwood Curtain.” Basically as you can guess it is a barrier of these giant trees that cuts off parts of California. No pipes, or utilities can cut through. Her and I went on a road trip a few years ago to visit with her family and I got to see these giant trees first hand.

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A redwood forest, if you look really closely you can see a few sprites waving at you. No not really.

I got out of the car and Stood surveying the prospective candidates.  My friend was like, ‘What the hell?”  then, “Yea yea pick that one.” The one I picked looked particularly snide and rough. Maybe he was having a bad eon or something. I walked over to him and hugged him. I hugged him with everything in me. I hugged him with all the magic I was hoping there was in the world brought on from a childhood reading science fiction and fantasy.

and…….

Nothing happened. What should have happened is a damn Treant comes to life and takes me on a grand adventure to save the forests or something. Instead, I came away a little sticky with a few spiderwebs stuck to my shirt. The tree may or may not have appreciated being singled out and given some hugs.  Either way, I felt better. The tree was beautiful and I was so lucky to have finally witnessed first hand.

 

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. …are you sure nothing happened when you hugged that amazing Redwood? I’m pretty sure if I had hugged it I would have cried or laughed or at least been filled with empathy towards the Joshua trees you aren’t nearly as a awe-striking!
    🌳❤️

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    1. scottveg3 says:

      Lol the tree might have grumbled a bit. I was of course struck by the beauty. They are amazing to be around. Really quite breathtaking. I shouldn’t poke fun at the Joshua tree, they are quite striking in their own weird way.

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      1. Lol- I suppose I’m just jealous you hugged a Redwood! Hug a Joshua Tree on my behalf… My better half is named after one!

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      2. scottveg3 says:

        Hehe I definitely will, they are bit prickly but I am sure they could use the love.

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      3. My hubby was named appropriately then heehee…

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