I see that Google has miniaturized its StreetView technology and you can now strap it to your back as you take a hike, allowing anyone to relive your walk using only their computer. Pretty neat stuff. I took a quick look and saw some of my favorite trails already covered — from a walk along Cal Barrel road in Redwood National and State Parks, to the giant sequoia of Yosemite National Park, to the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, to a multi-day trek up Kilimanjaro. While its no substitute for the real thing, it does bring the parks and these distant places into people’s living rooms. Perhaps allowing you to explore a new trail, or relive a familiar one.
It now has me thinking: if I could get hold of the kit for a few days, where would I take it and what would I share with the world? Top of my list would be the James Irvine Trail in Prairie Smith Redwoods State Park. I’ve walked that trail many times and never tire of it. To me, it has it all. From the open expanse of the elk meadow, through the verdant ancient redwood forest dripping with life, to the lively babble of the creek as it meanders through Fern Canyon before joining force with the Pacific Ocean.
Where would you go and what would you share? Let me know!