lobsteriffic wrote:I'm going hiking in Muir Woods this weekend for the first time ever! It made me think of this thread. I hardly ever go hiking, so I'm really looking forward to it.
You lucky duck! I saw a documentary on Muir and all the natural places he helped establish, especially through his friendship with fellow nature lover, President Theodore Roosevelt. Muir Woods was the first private parcel of land that was named a national monument; the story is kind of funny, read it in Wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muir_Woods ... l_Monument
The Pacific Northwest above California is my current haunt and our forests are pretty much a spitting image of Muir Woods except much, much denser and wetter. The movie "The Hunted" was filmed here for the near-impenetrability of the undergrowth and the darkness of it's interior. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunted_(2003_film) There are places so dark and dense that at noon, you can barely see where you are going. It's the reason I stick to the volcanoes for hiking--at least with rock, there's a view! Ha, ha!
Have lots and lots of fun. Post a pic.