An Article about my travel in THE NEW YORK TIMES! I never thought that this would ever happen.
I should have told Bill that I want to write small books about the earth and it’s wonder (and he should hear me giggle now. It was nothing he got to hear 🙂
By WILLIAM YARDLEY
The beauty here is not necessarily for everyone. Pounded by up to 170 inches of precipitation each year, these grand old woods are wetter and grayer and gloomier than most. Then again, not every summer traveler seeks sunshine.
“I want to understand Earth,” said Ruth Lotter, interrupted while focusing her camera on one particularly large and dexterous root supporting a big spruce tree.
The mix of mystical and trivial makes Ms. Lotter giggle, and she giggles well. She is 49 and Austrian and she likes the road. She fell in love with the California Redwoods 15 years ago and is certain she was transformed by a trip to study stromatolites — ancient rock structures that form in shallow water — in Australia two years ago. She also had a remarkable moment near here this summer. She was at Cape Flattery, the northwestern-most point in the contiguous United States, and she had been worrying about being sad. Then she decided to stop worrying.
“I realized, ‘When I’m sad, be sad.’ And in that moment, I was happy.”
That got her giggling again.
It was raining as she spoke. “It’s funny that it’s raining in the rain forest,” she said.
“The real thing is the real thing,” she said. “The more I understand Earth, the more I’m impressed.” WILLIAM YARDLEYCopyright 2011 The New York Times Company