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Happy Thanksgiving, friends of Save the Redwoods League! I’ll keep this brief because I know you have important things to attend to today — like turkey, pie, quality time with loved ones, and of course, pie.

But there is no better time than Thanksgiving for expressing my heartfelt thanks to you for all that you do for the redwoods. We are so incredibly fortunate to have a passionate community of folks who care deeply about the forest and who step up to support our work in protecting them. You have made a huge difference for the landscapes we all treasure, and that is truly something to be thankful for.

Make the most of Thanksgiving with a pre- or post-dinner hike through the redwoods.
Make the most of Thanksgiving with a hike through the redwoods with family or friends.

And while we are on the subject, I am so grateful for the redwood forest itself! Always welcoming, peaceful and inspiring; I find myself turning to the redwoods all year round, whether for calming solo time, adventures with my family, a beautiful place to exercise or relax, or sharing moments of amazement with friends seeing the giants for the first time. Thinking about just the past year brings to mind so many memories among the redwoods that will last me a long, long time. When beauty reaches so deeply as to take your breath away, the experience is all the richer when you share it with someone close to you. That is my all-time favorite moment for sure: seeing the sudden looks of sheer joy on friends’ faces as the bend of the trail reveals a glimpse into million-year-old forest, or when they stop and look way up into the redwood canopy. So, most of all, I am thankful for my memories of sharing the beauty of special places with the people I care about.

If you and your family want to make your Thanksgiving really special, head out for a post-turkey hike in one of our magnificent redwoods parks. You can walk off some of the meal and maybe even work up an appetite for round two (or three) of pie when you get home. Your Thanksgiving hike in the redwoods could even become a new holiday tradition. I will be scouting some trails with my family in Redwood Regional Park this afternoon and will let you know what I find!

What are you grateful for this year? Let me know in the comments section below!


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About Sam Hodder

Chief Enthusiast for the Outdoors (CEO) and Prez of Save the Redwoods League, Sam brings more than 20 years of experience in overseeing land conservation programs from the remote wilderness to the inner city.


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