Take a Candle-Shimmery Walk in the Redwoods

The yearly just-after-Thanksgiving treat, a Prairie Creek favorite, will soon turn 30.

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SUNSHINE AND REDWOODS? There's no need to break out the calculator or pad of paper and pencil, for these tall trees have seen a notable amount of beam-tastic, branch-warming daylight in their long, long lifetimes. The sun is essential part of these giants' growing-taller journeys, of course, and bask, they certainly do, in our nearest star's glowful ways. But, if you call upon a certain corner of the redwoods world on a certain night of the year — make that *two* certain nights — you'll find another sort of illumination among the behemoth superstars. It's candles, we speak of, and while the small flickers don't quite have the power of the sun to make a large section of redwoods bright, a path lit by candlelight can give human visitors a more peaceful way to experience the trees. It's the annual...

CANDLELIGHT WALK... at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and it returns for its 29th shimmer-tacular on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. First things first: These nights do sell out, so jump on your ticket faster than a sunbeam illuminates a tree just after dawn. It's a popular event, no doubt, and that it is overseen by the Redwood Parks Conservancy means that you'll be helping out an organization that helps these magnificent woodsy sky-reaching icons. The stroll? It's not too lengthy, meaning the whole round trip is done in under a half-mile. Your pups'll want to stay home and you'll want to indulge in tum-warming cider, a story told at the campfire center, and the chance to enter a silent auction.

LOVE REDWOODS? Here's a different way to connect with them, just before the hubbub of the holidays. Find forest quiet-tude and evening-tree-tastic majesty now. A ticket is $10.

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