Two of my aunts are here visiting, one from New York and the other from Korea.  (Hi eemos!)  It’s been great having them here.  They flew in on Saturday, and Jason, my cousin, flew up from San Diego for the weekend.  We spent time catching up, and the family went to Thanh Long and feasted on dungeness crab for dinner.

On Sunday the crew went and played tourist.  They went to Fisherman’s Wharf and had clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl from Boudin, peeked into the gift shops along the pier, and on the way home they stopped by the Sutro Baths. Yesterday I went to labs, and the aunts were introduced to In-N-Out.  We laid low for the rest of the day.

Today we started off at Papalote for lunch.  While we ate our burritos we were wishing our other aunt in Korea was there to enjoy it with us.  When she came to visit eight years ago she had a burrito and fell in love.  Apparently good burritos are hard to come by in Korea.  While we were there we ran into Maria and Carole.  It was great seeing them.  I think it’s been two years since I last saw Carole.

Afterward we went to Muir Woods National Monument, a park full of coast redwood trees. It’s about half an hour north of San Francisco.

Did You Know? Coastal redwood trees have indeterminate growth. The tallest recorded to date is 379.1 feet tall or 115.5 meters. This is the same height as a 35 story building.”

The upper left photo below shows how big the tree was at different points in time.  The smallest circle was at the year 1100.  The tree was cut in 1930.  Can you imagine how big it would be now? The two pictures on the right shows the base of a tree – I think a small family could fit in there.

Burls: Here is an excerpt from the information placard on the bottom right.

“Burls are made up of thousands of bud cells that accumulate below ground, at the base of the trunk, or sometimes higher in the tree.  Most bud cells remain dormant as long as the parent tree is healthy and undamaged. But each bud cell is fully capable of producing a new redwood – a clone that is genetically identical to its parent.”

My Favorite Sign

“Chipmunk-i-osis (A common disease found only in humans.  Highly contagious, it is the uncontrollable impulse to feed wild animals.) Chipmunkiosis appears when humans mistakenly confuse wild animals as being tame and offer them food.  The wild animal becomes addicted and can act aggressively towards humans when not feed. In severe cases aggressiveness leads to injuries in both humans and wild animals. To prevent this disaster PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE.  For your safety observe all wildlife at a safe distance.”

Then there is an arrow pointing to a mirror that reads A KNOWN CARRIER OF CHIPUMKIOSIS.  Love it.

Tomorrow the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is on the agenda for the morning, and Carol will be flying back to southern California in the evening.

On the knitting front: I’m done with clue #2 of the July mystery socks.  I wonder what clue #3 will bring.

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