The birds are silent in the woods.
Just wait: soon enough
You will be quiet too.
-- Robert Hass, After Goethe
We went on a short hike around Muir Woods yesterday afternoon. The smell of the Redwood forest, the way streaks of sunlight shine through those tall ancient trees, all that light -- its glorious. And so good for the soul. This is definitely one place in the Bay Area that I would recommend you should experience.
P.S. The woods is about 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Entrance fee is $5 for adults and children can come in for free. More info on how to plan your visit here.