Armstrong Redwoods – A Perfect Place for Quiet Reflection

On a recent early morning walk through Armstrong Redwoods , with my husband of 27 years, I couldn’t help but reflect back on all the times I’ve walked through this amazing grove.

Beginning in the 1970’s walking through this quiet and beautiful place has been something I love to do.  I’ve played here, prayed here, brought my children here, conducted tours through the majestic trees for our foreign exchange students…it’s become my go to place in times of sorrow and joy!

If you need to work through a problem or just get away to do some serious thinking, this is the best place in the world to reflect….Or, you can just enjoy the coolness of the air, the babbling of the brook and the wonderful fragrance as you walk along the bark strewn path. Throughout history writers have had much to say about nature…Often inspired by such a place as this….

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.   Robert Lewis Stevenson


All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.    Thomas Browne


In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.  Charles Lindbergh

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.     George Washington Carver

 For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.     Martin Luther

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.   Abraham Lincoln

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