1. Finally figure out what John Muir meant by “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
Hug a tree. Well-known for the Coast Redwood or Sequoia Sempervirens, California also features the Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, the world’s largest living tree. Stand in the center of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Coast Redwoods as light filters through the Humboldt fog. But California is not only about redwoods … completists for the arboreal section of the California Bucket List must also embrace the Bristlecone Pine, the world’s oldest living organism, and the Joshua Tree, because you couldn’t make up that sort of species.