Rhododendron Trail/Cal Barrel – Redwood NP

date hiked: June 22, 2008
distance: 5.1 miles
elevation gain: 730 feet
time: 3 hours

Tyler and I did this hike together. We had so much fun. It was our first foray into the Redwoods. It was amazing to see how massive the trees were. How they could grow when they were hollow.

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The trail would go right through the trees…literally. It was amazing.

But even more amazing was this:

I don’t believe there is any guarantee that you are going to like your kids. I mean, I know you love them. Of course you do. But if you are honest, I do not think there is any thing that guarantees that you are going to LIKE them. That you will enjoy who they are. We hope for that. Maybe parenting has something to do with it. I’m not sure.

What I do know is that I like my son. I enjoy spending time with him. I like who he is. I like taking up the same space…even though we share different interests.

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We talked about that a lot on this hike. While walking through these massive trees, feeling so small in comparison, Tyler and I felt so solid. He’s grown so much. It all seemed fitting…the conversation, the setting, our hearts.

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