|Photo by jdlasica|
So why visit Redwoods? Well to start, there are few places I know of where you can drive through a living tree. Redwoods have diameters of 10-15 feet, and grow shockingly tall (as of 2006, the tallest living tree in the world was a 379.1 foot redwood in RNP--read more on that here). Maybe growing up on an apple orchard or being read books like The Giving Tree have led me to place overly emotive attributes on trees, but it's hard not to feel awed by perspectives like this**:
Plus, I'm pretty sure I'll one day need to dress up my child as an ewok... which will most definitely require a trip to Endor/Redwoods.
Here are some additional links to inspire your own travels:
- National Park Service: Redwood National Park
- Contains just about all the park info you could ever need.
- Trees of Mystery
- Background on the trees and their impressive qualities. Also includes a store to buy a seedling of your own.
- National Geographic: Redwood Photo Gallery
- See historical and modern photos of redwood forests.
*For the NPS list of driving route options, click here. Or see info on the 31 mile Avenue of Giants here.
**For an awesome interactive timeline by National Geographic, click here.