The Deep Dark Forest - Stillwater Cove State Park California
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The trails at Stillwater Cove mostly cover the lower end of the forest towards the coast. On this day I hiked up as far as I could go and the further I went the less clear was the trail and the forest became more and more dense and close in around me. I was sheltered in by the canopy of the forest and the strong Pacific didn't make it to the forest floor. The trees above whispered and swayed in the strong breeze rubbing and cracking against each other at the tops. Usually my wife goes with me but on this day I was alone. You might think this would be an unnerving experience being totally alone in a dense forest and realizing you could scream and no one would hear you. But for reasons I cannot explain I find that I feel more at one with the nature when I alone. I could be wrong but I this was the allure to the mountain men and people like John Muir who wondered the wild areas of the west in solitude for nearly all their lives. Sometimes I think I could easily slip in to that realm of solitude and just be lost to it in a place such as this.
© Darvin Atkeson