Searching for Ewoks on the Moon of Endor in San Geronimo Valley, CA
Wandering through these stately trees, my eyes see the ferns hidden within the shadows, and my ears hear the rustling of birds and small animals. In my mind, though, the scene isn't an entirely peaceful forest setting. There are speeder bikes weaving between the trees, the sounds of blasters ringing through the air. I hear the primeval shout of an ewok as it topples a storm trooper from its perch. The two visions are juxtaposed as I meander through the cool shadows of Roy's Redwoods, a delightful place for a picnic and a stroll, but also one of the locations where they filmed the forest scenes in Return of the Jedi. I always find it difficult to separate reality from fantasy in this quiet grove.