Muir Woods and Korbel Champagne Wine Making and Tasting Tour

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Tour Muir Woods Federal Monument and Korbel Champagne Cellars by bus
from Sacramento. We will leave Sacramento at 8:300 AM sharp. We should
arrive at Muir Woods Federal Monument at about 10:00 AM depending on the
traffic and construction work. The park entrance fees are included in
the cost of this trip.

Muir Woods is just a short drive of about two hour from downtown
Sacramento. You can enjoy a beautiful, ancient redwood forest that is
truly unique. The winding drive to the forest through the Marin Headland
hills is truly special.

What a wonderful cool place to visit (Cool as in "Cool Place and Cool
as in cool weather"). Muir Woods is about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than
the valley so if you come in shorts and a short sleeve shirt/blouse with
out a light sweater you may be cold for our two hour visit.

[b]History[/b]

Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the [url=http://www.nps.gov/muwo/historyculture/upload/MtTamMUWOrrIDP.pdf]Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway[/url],
to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the
forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for
worse.

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Main entrance to Muir Woods National Monument, 2006

[size= large]One hundred fifty million years ago ancestors of redwood and sequoia trees grew throughout the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States]United States[/url]. Today, the [i][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoia_sempervirens]Sequoia sempervirens[/url][/i] can be found only in a narrow, cool coastal belt from [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterey,_California]Monterey, California[/url], in the south to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon]Oregon[/url] in the north.[/size]

[size= large]Before the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logging]logging[/url]
industry came to California, there were an estimated 2 million acres of
old growth forest containing redwoods growing in a narrow strip along
the coast.[/size]

[size= large]By the early 20th century, most of these forests had been cut down. Just north of the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Bay]San Francisco Bay[/url], one valley named Redwood Canyon remained uncut, mainly due to its relative inaccessibility.[/size]

[size= large]This was noticed by U.S. Congressman [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kent_%28U.S._Congressman%29]William Kent[/url]. He and his wife, [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elizabeth_Thacher_Kent&action=edit&redlink=1]Elizabeth Thacher Kent[/url], purchased 611 acres of land from the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tamalpais_Land_and_Water_Company&action=edit&redlink=1]Tamalpais Land and Water Company[/url] for $45,000 with the goal of protecting the redwoods and the mountain above them.[/size]

[size= large]In 1907, a water company in nearby [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sausalito]Sausalito[/url] planned to dam [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_Creek_%28Marin_County%29]Redwood Creek[/url],
thereby flooding the valley. When Kent objected to the plan, the water
company took him to court to attempt to force the project to move ahead.
Kent sidestepped the water company's plot by donating 295 acres of the
redwood forest to the federal government, thus bypassing the local
courts.[/size]

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[size= large]On January 9, 1908, President [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt]Theodore Roosevelt[/url] declared the land a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Monument_%28United_States%29]National Monument[/url],
the first to be created from land donated by a private individual. The
original suggested name of the monument was the Kent Monument but Kent
insisted the monument be named after naturalist [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir]John Muir[/url], whose environmental campaigns helped to establish the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Parks_of_the_United_States]National Park system[/url]. President Roosevelt agreed, writing back:[/size]

[size= large]MY DEAR MR. KENT: By George! you are right.[/size]

[size= large]and, responding to some photographs of Muir Woods that Mr. Kent had sent him,[/size]

[size= large]Those
are awfully good photos. Kent and Muir had become friends over shared
views of wilderness preservation, but Kent's later support for the
flooding of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetch_Hetchy_Valley]Hetch Hetchy[/url] caused Muir to end their friendship.[/size]

[size= large]In
December 1928, the Kent Memorial was erected at the Kent Tree in Fern
Canyon. This tree—a Douglas fir, not a redwood—was said to be Kent's
favorite. Due to its height of 280 feet and location on a slope, the
tree leaned towards the valley for more than 100 years. According to [url=http://www.nps.gov/muwo/nature/kent.htm]Muir Woods[/url] Storms in [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ni%C3%B1o]El Niño[/url]
years of 1981 and 1982 caused the tree to tilt even more and took out
the top 40 feet  of the tree. During the winter of 2002–03, many storms
brought high winds to Muir Woods causing the tree to lean so much that a
fissure developed in January 2003. This fissure grew larger as the tree
slowly leaned more and more, forcing the closure of some trails. On
March 18, 2003, at around 8:28 pm, the tree fell, damaging several other
trees nearby. The closed trails have since been reconfigured and
reopened.[/size]

[size= large]In 1937, the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge]Golden Gate Bridge[/url] was completed and park attendance tripled, reaching over 180,000. Muir Woods is one of the major tourist attractions of the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Bay_Area]San Francisco Bay Area[/url], with 776,000 visitors in 2005.[/size]

[size= large]In the spring of 1945, delegates from 50 countries met in [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco]San Francisco[/url] to draft and sign the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Charter]United Nations Charter[/url]. President [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Delano_Roosevelt]Franklin Delano Roosevelt[/url]
died on April 12, 1945, shortly before he was to have opened the United
Nations Conference. On May 19, the delegates held a commemorative
ceremony in tribute to his memory in Muir Woods' Cathedral Grove, where a
dedication plaque was placed in his honor.[/size]

[size= large]The monument was listed on the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places]National Register of Historic Places[/url] on January 9, 2008.[/size]

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[size= large]Undergrowth
of a redwood canopy demonstrating the deep shadow under the trees. Note
the clearing in the background showing other trees growing in the
light.[/size]

[size= large]The star attraction of the Muir Woods is the Coast Redwood ([i]Sequoia sempervirens[/i]). These relatives of the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Sequoia]Giant Sequoia[/url] are known for their height. While redwoods can grow to nearly [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_%28tree%29]380 feet[/size][/url],
the tallest tree in the Muir Woods is 258 feet. The trees come from a
seed no bigger than that of a tomato's. The average age of the redwoods
in the Monument are between 500 and 800 years old with the oldest being
at least 1,200 years old.

[size= large]While
overshadowed (and shaded) by their tall cousins, other tree species grow
in the understory of the woods. Three of the most common are the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Bay_Laurel]California Bay Laurel[/url], the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigleaf_Maple]Bigleaf Maple[/url] and the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanoak]Tanoak[/url].
Each of these species has developed a unique adaptation to the low
level of dappled sunlight that reached them through the redwoods growing
overhead. The California Bay Laurel has a strong root system that
allows the tree to lean towards openings in the canopy. The bigleaf
maple, true to its name, has developed the largest leaf of any maple
species allowing it to capture more of the dim light. The tanoak has a
unique internal leaf structure that enables it to make effective use of
the light that filters through the canopy.[/size]

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[size= large]After
our visit to Muir Woods we will board the bus for about a 30-40 minute
drive to Korbel Champagne Cellars to find out how wine is made and taste
the effect of the suns rays filtering through the grape leaves kissing
it's fruit.

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Winery Tour for 1/2 our group at 1:00 PM while the other 1/2 will
have Lunch (A Box Lunch will be prepared for us but lunch is on you. $15
for full sandwich or $10 for half a sandwich, includes condiments and a
bottle of water). Winery Tour last about 50 minutes to 1 hour. When the
first tour is over the second group will go on tour and the first tour
group will have lunch. After lunch and tours are over we will go to the
Wine Shop/Tasting Room were we will sample 4 wines.  Everyone should be
back on the bus by 4:00 PM for the trip home

[size= large]Cost: $59 per person, includes transportation & Muir Woods admission  fee and Wine tasting tour[/size]

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[size= large]What
better way to celebrate your trip to the wine country of California's
famed Sonoma County than by partaking of our local epicurean delights? A
visit to KORBEL Champagne Cellars is not complete without a stop for
lunch at the KORBEL Delicatessen and Market with outdoor patio and deck
seating among the redwoods. ( Lunch is on your own)[/size]

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[size= large]The
highlight of any trip to KORBEL is an extended tour through their
historic champagne cellars, ending with a tasting of their finest
products. This 50-minute expedition goes through the antique cellars and
the history museum.[/size]

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[size= large]Planted
in the 1880s as an enhancement to the KORBEL family summer home, the
gardens did not come fully into their own until a century later when
their master horticulturist transformed the grounds into a magnificent
array of colors, textures and aromas that shift with the seasons and the
Sonoma County weather.[/size]

[size= large]The
KORBEL garden's impressive collection of roses – more than 250 varieties
in hedge-lined beds – lies in front of the circa 1882 KORBEL family
house. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden
and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of
perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, flowering plum trees, and
plants native to the redwood forest surround the main rose garden.[/size]

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