Hiking in Muir Woods
Oki, I'm glad that Al was off on a Sunday (which isn't usually the case). Yey! But I had to wake up late since I slept late trying to finish a movie called Garden State which they finally shown on Dish. Nice movie, by the way. A friend of mine, who just came back last Thursday after vacationing in Hawaii, called in time for our small nature trip to Muir Woods today. Al scored a Hawaiian shirt, a key chain, and a calendar, while I got a box of chocolates with Macadamia nuts! Woohoo! Thanks so much Dong! As we were awestruck by the surrounding Redwoods (and were camera happy), we skipped the Ocean View trail and scarily walked the Fern trail terrain because of our unfamiliarity of the surroundings, especially when we were aiming to reach a camp but couldn't find it. We also didn't see any people walking our trail and the paved boardwalks became rocks and soil (and big redwood and douglas fir roots). The hike was not bad since it was levelled (unlike the steep slopes when we walked to see the Giant Sequoia Redwoods in Yosemite. I had a higher appreciation for nature, especially seeing a marvelous forest with rare trees and highest living organism in the planet. Going back, we saw a baby deer on the left side of our trail, feeding quietly on some grass, and not daunted by people watching him feed and flashing cameras. We made a quick stop at the gift shop, and Al bought me a very nice wooden pen, engraved with my name in script and with the words, Muir Woods National Forest. Suddenly, I felt in tuned with nature, hahaha! As we were driving out of the parking lot, we saw four more deer by the side so we stopped to take pics and watch them eat on plants and grass. It was such a beautiful site, with two more baby deers, and two older deers with horns so close to us! I've seen so many deers already in my life, but never five at once! We then decided to drive to Stinson Beach, but made a detour to Muir Beach Overlook. Al and my friend walked another trail towards a windy cliff, and as Al reached his destination, he screamed, 'I'm the king of the world' in reference to Titanic. I was laughing, but the height of the cliff which had an awesome scenic view of the water was kinda scary to me (but very, very beautiful).
My friend's older brother suddenly called and said that he had free tix to see this show called Amerikana with Fe delos Reyes. I thought it was gonna be a stand-up comedy act with a concert, but much to my pleasure, it was a musical play about the realities of TNTs or the plight of pinoy tourists who overstay. It was whimsical and funny, and entertaining, although there were some technical flaws, and the ad libs were just making the flaws even more obvious. Nevertheless, I was amuzed and found myself laughing all the time. My favorite part of the show was when she sang an adapted version of Lionel Richie's Hello which was just hilarious. After the show at the beautiful Hearbst Theater on Van Ness in SF( thanks to my friend's bro for hooking us up), we went back to their place so I can notarize some docs for my friend. Then I rushed home to finish my project in school. Anyway, check out some pics of our trip -
Al and Dong in front of the coast redwoods.