Had to run. Take the Danners, throw the new Equinox in the back of the van, don’t forget the whiskey, or the Elna Bakker book. Today, my friends, today we see the largest tree in the world. A tree so large that the sublimity of simply beholding the thing is enough to crush my feeble and wanting mind. Do you live in California and have never seen it? You are forgiven, it was only recently I made my way here myself. And I won’t, not go there often, ever again. The big Trees of Sequoia National Park are among the most beautiful things that humans can know: greater than any king, more powerful than any army, more true than any god. I would go to war for these trees, but all they ask is to be left, and their call to peace is beguiling. I swoon, now, back in the city, thinking about when I might be under their shade again.
In my other life, the one as an art curator and artist representative, I run events for Oakland, CA artists – my friends and well, frankly, my family. Check them all out at oaklandsweetart. We had quite a party last night – we look forward to doing it again. Stay tuned. – Obi
“What would John Muir do?” One of my favorite John Muir anecdotes is the history of Tahoe National Park. After Yosemite and Sequoia, Mr. Muir turned his sites to establishing permanent, federal protection for the deepest, highest alpine lake in the world: Lake Tahoe. He proposed a National Park that rivaled Yosemite in size. Can you imagine how awesome that would be?! As you know, it didn’t come to pass, but we did get the National Forest Service out of that fight. We aren’t done making National Parks in California and we here at Juniper Ridge are proud to help in the fight to preserve our beautiful, public wildernesses. Happy Earth Day everyone.