Wordful Wednesday-The California Redwoods

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I haven’t felt so young, EVER..…….as I did when I  stood amongst thousands-of-year-old trees in the Redwood Forest.

We took a steam train ride through the trees, and sadly, the kids weren’t particularly impressed.  The train didn’t move very quickly and the trees, well, they didn’t move.

We did have some excitement in our caboose though, which made it all worthwhile.

This man went a little crazy on board and started using all manner of profanity.  He was speaking in Spanish so I’m not sure about everything he said, but I know some of the words, and they are not said to compliment someone.  Oh, and after his tirade of naughty words?  He  then grabbed this other man and tried to pull him out of his wheel chair and off the train.  In the end, there was not just one lunatic screaming, but two.  We were mesmerized.

As a family, we decided we were thankful for the inappropriate outbursts though, because, why would we remember something as beautiful as a train ride through the Redwood Forest without added drama?

*I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a set of Calphelon Skillets this week.

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  1. My friend took me to the Redwood Forest when I was visiting and being there amidst those tall, tall trees just felt so humbling. I’d love to take my kids back there some day.

  2. These are just incredible…it must have been amazing to see them in person!
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  3. WOW, that is quite the experience. At least it’s memorable.

  4. We loved the Redwoods when we went out a few years ago… though we missed out on the exciting train ride!!!
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  5. I’ve always wanted to see the Redwood Forest! How awesome!

    I would have been pretty freaked out if a fight broke out on the train.
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  6. i promise had u taken me to the see the huge trees I would have been impressed and also enjoyed the train ride.
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  7. Oh no he didn’t! Pulled the man from his wheelchair! CRAZY!

    I have always wanted to see the Redwoods. It’s on my bucket list.

  8. Kids never appreciate train rides! I have tried many times and never learn either…
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  9. Beautiful!!
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  10. Oh now that’s what I call having a great time & with memorable pictures. Did I ever tell you, you have a great eye for a good picture cuz you sure do!
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  11. Beautiful photos! I’d love to go through the Redwood Forest sometime. My kids would probably be bored as well, but I’d love to see the majesty of it in person.
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  12. Sorry, you can delete my first linky, the link to the post is incorrect on that one…sorry for the mistake.

    Also, these photos are great! I’ve always wanted to see the red woods!
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  13. Just gorgeous!! I don’t think my kids would be impressed either, but I sure would!!

    And pulled him out of his wheelchair? Really? Ugh!!
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  14. Well, besides the crazy people, this sounds and looks beautiful!
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  15. That looks like a great adventure to do with the fam.
    That’s pretty funny about the spanish speaking dudes.

  16. What an exciting train ride. I’ve done that ride and I had a great time. I was about 13 years old at the time but I was still impressed and there were no raving lunatics aboard! And those redwoods are amazing.
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  17. MommyNamedApril says

    I’ve never been to the redwoods but have heard they are spectacular! I can’t get over the crazy guy!!!

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  18. The Redwoods are on my “Bucket List”… They are absolutely beautiful! It looks like you had such an amazing day.
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  19. My husband’s parents took him and his two brothers to the Redwood Forest and it has always been his dream to take our children too. I think we are a lot like you guys, wanting to get our kids out into nature to apprieciate the wonderful sites our great country has to offer.
    So what age is best? How old do you think they would have to be to “get it” and be excited?
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  20. good thing your kids don’t speak Spanish! lol.

  21. Awesome pictures!! – I wonder why the guy was so mad?…
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  22. Wow! I would love to see the redwoods… although I think I could skip the drama. That kind of thing makes me terrifically uncomfortable.
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  23. Wow. How cool 🙂
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  24. I can’t wait to take my kiddos to see this majestic forest. What great memories you’ve created!

  25. Wow, what an experience! Beautiful forest though!!
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  26. Just stunning! I would love to see them myself. Thanks for the Linky.

  27. Those majestic trees move to tears. They are so huge. So wise. So beautiful.

    But I don’t think my kids would get it yet either. My husband keeps suggesting we do a trip to Yellowstone and I’m worried they won’t appreciate it.

    Gorgeous pics!
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  28. BREATHTAKING photos!!!
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  29. That steam train is SO cool!
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  30. I am so in awe of how humongous those trees are. It’s amazing to see that in person!

    And the drama definitely made up for the slow train ride, eh?
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  31. We hope to see the Redwoods someday…so majestic!
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  32. Oh my goodness, how wonderful are those pictures? I would LOVE to see those for myself, too.
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  33. The Redwoods are so cool! I remember that there used to be this ginormous tree that a car could drive through the trunk was that thick. All though, I could be remembering incorrectly because I remember seeing those pics as a little girl.

  34. Oh my goodness. I’ve been dying to see the California redwoods! The kids and I were just talking about it this evening. What a coinky-dink! One thing’s for sure…I am going there before I die.
    Great Wordful Wednesday post Angie! Love the photos, as usual.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
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  35. Those trees are simply lovely 🙂
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  36. It’s always nice to have something mark the memory 🙂 Better recall. And the kids will be quite proud to say they did later. We’ve been there, haven’t we? 🙂

    Happy WW
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  37. fancygrlnancy says

    What a great experience!

  38. Wow I would love to go there! I bet its AMAZING!!!
    How FUN for the whole Family!!!
    What an Awesome experience…【ツ】
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  39. Nothing like a couple crazies to entertain the kiddos! 🙂

  40. I know hubby & I both would of enjoyed the steam train ride! Our kids enjoyed it when they went on a small one that went around the Milwaukee county zoo.
    I sure hope someone intervened and stopped that crazy dude!
    If I wouldn’t of Hubby would of probably tossed him off the train! LOL
    I will return all comments, still getting to know most of you here 🙂
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  41. Those trees are so amazing, their age is simply beyond comprehension.
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  42. Aren’t those trees amazing?? I’ve only been once but I really want to take my kids there some day. Beautiful pics! (But sorry to hear about that fight. Yikes!)
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  43. How crazy!
    The redwoods are amazing, I will never forget driving through the one and going into that one gift store that is like actually in the base of a tree! AMAZING!

  44. Gotta love those unexpected moments!
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  45. Wow awesome pictures looks like a great time.
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  46. Great Pictures… Amazing!
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  47. What a wonderful experience, minus the Spanish man with turrets of course. 😉 Your pictures are simply gorgeous. I can’t even imagine the feeling of awe and humbleness that overtakes you as you stand in the midst of all those magnificent trees.
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  48. I love, Love, LOVE these majestic monuments! My chica and her roomie are headed out NoCa way in a couple of weeks. The redwoods are on the top of their list!

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  49. I cannot tell you how badly I want to get there some day! For now, I will live through your photos! Beauttiful!
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  50. Cool! When we did our road trip a couple yrs ago…we saw Muir Woods in CA. Also very cool. But no train ride, :o(
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  51. Your pics are always so gorgeous. I love the pic of the train with the steam and of course the pics of the fam.
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  52. I enjoyed your Redwood post! Mine is some bathroom humor picked up along the way — you’d think I get plenty of that living with a 10 year old boy!

  53. Drama does make experiences more memorable doesn’t it?! Too bad it does the same thing with those experiences you’d do anything to forget.

  54. Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go there!
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  55. Well, at least the guy left you and your family alone. Weird.

    Love the last pic of your little crew! Glad you had a good time!

  56. Wow, that is amazing!!
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  57. That looks like such a fun trip! And I love the positive outlook you had on the two drama kings… 😉
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  58. How breathtaking beautiful!!

    Wild about the free entertainment.
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  59. What AWE inspiring images! Looks like a fantastic trip!
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  60. Ohhhh this is one place that I have always wanted to see! That’s too funny about the men on the train. Have a great week!
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  61. I love this. Wednesdays have never been truly wordless for me. 🙂

    Wow, what a majestic place that must be. Love the pic with the steam. And crazies always make vacations more memorable, no? 😉
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  62. I went there as a child and I still remember just how incredible they were!
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  63. pretty pictures of the redwoods–we have yet to go there.
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  64. Your post brings back mem’ries of my own … though I don’t recall any Spanish profanity from my visits to and train rides through the Redwoods.
    Hugs and blessings,
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  65. Oh that’s a shame that you had to deal with that at such a happy & beautiful moment in your trip…always something for sure. I remember visiting Baltimore Harbor when we were little and there was a angry swearing homeless man chasing us for spare change – we still talk about that one!
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  66. They are pretty amazing!
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  67. Nice pictures! My son would’ve LOVED that train ride. That’s his thing these days.
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  68. Wow those trees are tall. I would like to see them. Little Man would love the train ride eventho it was a slow one.
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  69. One day, me and those Redwoods, one day. Just plain incredible.

    Too bad I wasn’t on the train with you, living in Texas comes with many fringe benefits – thorough knowledge of rapid Spanish vulgarity is just one. Out of a wheelchair? Zoweee.

    Maybe he didn’t think the train was moving fast enough either?
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  70. Gorgeous photos!!

  71. I can’t imagine how beautiful those trees must be in person. Lovely!

  72. I would love to visit a Redwood forest one day!
    I can tell I’m not quite with it this morning – forgot to change the text on the linky although I changed the link to the right post. OOPS!
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  73. Ancient foliage and a show?!? Wow! California does have it all! ;o)

    Hugs to you and yours!
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  74. I have always wanted to go see the Redwood Forest…it was great to see it through your eyes. Great photos!

    The Misplaced Midwesterner
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  75. It is such an awesome place. My hubs and I went there before the kids. Can’t wait to take them all there!
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  76. The Redwood Forst is on my list of places to visit one of these days. Lucky you even with all the added drama! Happy WW!

  77. I don’t think it’s the same place, but we took a trip out to Sequoia National Park a couple of years ago and it was a hit with the whole family. Mason has been itching to go camping again ever since. Those giant trees are just awe-inspiring.
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  78. Awesome pics! That would be one place I would love to go someday! Thanks for sharing and for the linky!

  79. Nothing like the crazies to keep you entertained. What a fun idea to take a steam train.
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  80. Wow, what a trip! We saw redwoods in CA a few years ago…they were just majestic!

  81. Beautiful! and looks like so much fun.

  82. I love the redwoods! I try to make a pilgrimage every year or so. God’s Country for sure!
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  83. Love the caboose story. 🙂 Drama is always an added bonus to any trip!!
    Beautiful photos Angie. I think we might ave to take a drive up the coast this summer with our girls. We have so much to see in such short drives in California, it really is awesome.
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  84. I love the redwoods! I grew up near them in the Bay Area, so I have a special place in my heart for them! They really are awe inspiring. The redwood forest makes me feel as if I am standing in a cathedral…the peace and majesty have a stillness that doesn’t seem to belong to our time.
    Thanks for sharing. (=

  85. Wow! I hope to someday get to see the giant redwoods.
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  86. mmmm. redwoooooods. sounds like a nice place to be when you need to remember you’re just one wee little person in the whole big world. and the drama you witnessed. it will be something you talk about for a looong while! yeah to your family stories!
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  87. Please delete No. 147 – the link is wrong. Thanks.
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  88. a train ride in the woods…ahhhhh
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  89. Hope to see these myself someday soon! Love the photos and the chance to link up!
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  90. Always the Spanish guy hurling swears to make it into your memory. Ha ha. Great pics!

  91. we drove the ENTIRE length of california, and those amazing redwoods were certainly a highlight. not a camera lens big enough to get the whole thing in!
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  92. I’ve been dying to see these – your pics reminded me! thanks – Candy
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  93. Love the trees! And you got a fabulous blog post out of the trip too! LOL

  94. I ive far from the Redwoods. But someday I’m going to take my kids to see them!

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  95. Those are stunning! I’ve always wanted to see the California Redwoods.
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  96. Nothin’ like a few lunatics to spice up a family outing!!

    Love the picture from behind of all the kids running…but you know how I am a sucker for that kind of shot.
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  97. I have always wanted to see the redwoods they are so gorgeous!
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  98. breathtaking pics
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  99. I still remember them to this day & that was over 18 yrs ago. We live in Ohio & did a “tour” of the west coast for 2 weeks.
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  100. The trees are so magnificent. Wow.
    I am glad you felt young.
    I might have to go there now.
    I am 33 and feeling SUPER old lately…

  101. Oh, I’d love to see the redwoods someday. I can’t even imagine how big they must be! The maniac I could do without…but I guess that’s just some added spice.
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  102. as always, great pictures~~
    Sounds like fun on the train~
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  103. Well, doesn’t everyone like to be a looky-loo upon other people’s drama every once in awhile? Makes for an intersting blog story at least! Beautiful pictures too:)
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  104. nice pictures… I especially like the last one.. 🙂
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  105. sorry I am late..been very busy with a lot of things yesterday! happy WW day!
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  106. still catching for my entry..wish to ride that train..lol!
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  107. I would love to see the redwoods.

  108. I would love to see the redwoods. Thanks for sharing
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  109. Oh that looks awesome. Without the drama even, which was just icing on the cake.
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  110. As native Californians, we have taken that train ride many times with family and friends. It was always so peaceful and relaxing. We never had any drama. Maybe we need to take it again.
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