A 1000 year-old Coast Redwood, she is very beautiful, and powerful, and difficult to visit. But I was privileged to be part of a small group of people invited to hike in and visit her yesterday, and picnic at her base.
I spent the day there with Cole & his good friend Julia, who spent 738 days in Luna's branches 180 feet of the forest floor almost 10 years ago, as well as Luna's caretaker Stuart, and friends Laurie, Rachel, Tryphena, & Mike.
It was a beautiful fall day; no rain, no fog, just good company, good food, and a grand setting in the redwoods. Julia brought lunch for us all, and everyone shared their memories of the struggle to protect Luna. As one of the 3 in our group 'meeting' Luna for the first time, I found the stories mesmerizing.
I even got to do some knitting while there! I brought my Stoner Socks (Jaywalkers), plopped down in the hollow created by lightning at Luna's base, and knit away, listening all the while to the others' recollections about their times in these woods. They were really part of something bigger than them, something that mattered.
Just before we all went our separate ways, I took this picture of Cole with Rachel and Julia. He was a happy boy! It was a very good day.