The Red Woods

Posted: Jul 13, 2005 2:56:31 AM

RedwoodCalifornia has a thing about redwoods. A quick browse through the phone book will yield Redwood Plumbing, Redwood Credit Union, Redwood Bagel Company, Redwood Sewer and Drain Service, Redwood Hand Therapy, and dozens of others. A quick look through the local maps will show you Redwood Avenue, Boulevard, Circle, Court, Drive, Glade, Lane, Rise, Road, and Way, and the motorway that runs straight through the county from San Francisco is Redwood Highway 101. I don't blame them; the redwood is magnificent, and this weekend Siobhan and I went to Armstrong State Park, an 805 acre reserve of virgin woodlands dominated by just that tree.

Armstrong is not the biggest redwood forest, nor does it have the biggest trees, but it is very quiet, and it is exceptionally beautiful. The redwood tree itself is enormous, literally the tallest breed in the world, and ancient, sometimes lasting three thousand years or more. Forest TheaterIn New Zealand we have a very big, very thick, very stocky tree called the Kauri, but in contrast to that species the redwood is thin, almost delicate-looking, with branches way up in the canopy and a dead-straight trunk all that exists below. They are so large that you can walk inside them - in Sequoia National Park further south you can drive through them, but here the gaps at the base can be large enough for you to enter and stand up, with hundreds of years of tree directly above you.

Redwoods are also a very distinctive tree. Their bark is deep red, soft, and furry. The tree sheds it frequently, covering the ground below completely and coating your shoes as you walk through it. The smell is difficult to describe, but it is warm, and as rich as chocolate; the high trees house trilling birds. They are completely magnificent. But only the second most beautiful thing in the area.

The redwoods are best featured in a huge open area known as the Forest Theater: it overwhelms you with its enormity, ceiling higher than a cathedral, abbey-like quietude, isolated as a mountain shrine. I figured that it would be the perfect spot for what I had planned. The RingAfter a lovely dinner of brie and chardonnay I smuggled Siobhan over to the front of the glade, got down on one knee, and proposed. What can I say? The redwoods are magnificent, but she is more beautiful. And she said yes!

So it's a very good weekend! This is the ring I picked for her: white gold and diamonds (I wanted something classic and stylish). She's happy and so am I, and we'll be getting married some time next year. Um ... surprise?


Charlotte   Jul 13, 2005 3:24:16 AM

Congratulations! :-)

Ian   Jul 13, 2005 4:10:50 AM


FraZ   Jul 13, 2005 4:39:04 AM


Debra   Jul 13, 2005 4:41:56 AM

*big ol' happy grin!*

Woohoo! :)

(Looking forward to meeting The Fam in NZ next year! :)

strangeshe   Jul 13, 2005 4:56:48 AM

Dude! *happy dance* I am so thrilled for you both! Many, many good wishes for a long and happy life together.

Rajan   Jul 13, 2005 5:12:44 AM

Congratulations! What a great place for it, too.

My best to the both of you. You're two of my favorite Smarchers!

$15|<4   Jul 13, 2005 8:47:52 AM

Good stuff!

ceywren   Jul 13, 2005 4:01:47 PM

best news there could possibly be :) congrats guys! all the best and happiest things in the world for you both!

Peter   Jul 13, 2005 4:20:01 PM

I only noticed, you'd been doing new reports on this site a few days ago. Not to mention the archive of the old reports. And now this.

Clueless about the things going on on my server...

Congrats :))

AJ   Jul 13, 2005 5:25:50 PM

AJ   Jul 13, 2005 5:27:38 PM

I thought I'd pop in here and add another congratulations...


It's lovely news about two great people!

I'm really pleased for both of you :)

Maladroit   Jul 13, 2005 6:00:25 PM

Congratulations to you both! I hope you have many, many years of happiness together, long after the phrases "Super-Crayon" and "Sentient Search Engine" are forgotten...or at least misplaced.

Seitherin   Jul 13, 2005 6:45:22 PM

And I'll add my congratulations here as well. You do know that next we'll need a picture of the ring on her finger just so we'll all know what it looks like and we can ooh and aah over it proper, don't you?

Stuart (from Yorkshire)   Jul 13, 2005 7:20:36 PM

Adding some more congrats here to go with the ones in the "other" place!

Sadalian   Jul 13, 2005 10:53:25 PM

Awww. That's gerat news. So when do we get to see a photo of the two of you together as an officially engaged couple?

Sadalian   Jul 13, 2005 10:53:48 PM

Awww. That's great news. So when do we get to see a photo of the two of you together as an officially engaged couple?

Michael   Jul 13, 2005 11:01:54 PM


that about sums it up :)

Mike Forrest   Jul 13, 2005 11:15:07 PM

Congrats to you both!

Damon, I guess you're going to have to give up now, and officially start being an old fart like me :P

ps... Hello Siobhan! you've never met me but i'm sure you will, and i promise not to be too much of a bad influence! ;)

Chris Manning   Jul 13, 2005 11:28:46 PM

Hiya, Long time listener, first time caller.

Figured I should add my congratulations to the list as well, so... congratulations :-).

Sixth Viking   Jul 13, 2005 11:57:56 PM

Do you Sentient Search Engine take this Super Crayon to be your lawful...

Congrats again guys!

fangler   Jul 14, 2005 2:42:57 AM

Woo hoo! congrats and many happy returns. Wait. that's for birthdays. Just congrats then. Very happy for you both.

Sir Tessa   Jul 14, 2005 12:42:45 PM


But you seem to have more than enough already. w00t!

Damon   Jul 17, 2005 10:34:26 PM

Heh, thanks everyone! I'll try to put up a better photo of the ring later on. More news will be given when we have more news to give.

Justin   Jul 20, 2005 11:58:50 PM

Congratulations Damon and Siobhan (hope i spelt that right..) I suspected such a thing may occur during your visit Damon!..awesome news and all the best to you both.

Darkangel   Jul 23, 2005 8:06:48 PM


How awesome, Best wishes to you both

Pam & Rosie aka Gatekeeprs of Tblk   Jul 26, 2005 12:36:01 AM

Group 5 spilled the beans, IN ENGLISH!!! Congratulations - we too would have preferred to see the ring dazzling on Siobhan's finger, rather than being held in an anonymous palm. We're anxiously awaiting the morning tea shout upon your return. All our XOXO Pam & Rosie
p.s. we're curious as to how you "smuggled" Siobhan to the proposal your black overcoat? ;-)

Damon   Jul 26, 2005 4:28:36 PM

Ha! Thanks guys, and say hi to Group 5 when you see them. They're welcome to post on the website too if they want to try their English.

There is a better photo of the ring - on Siobhan's hand - in the 'Orange and Black' report above.

FraZ   Aug 3, 2005 5:55:41 AM

yeah con-grats to Siobhan's hand, & Siobhan...

dav   Feb 23, 2007 5:31:04 PM

osome trees

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