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The California Redwoods are truly amazing things so if you are EVER near the Jedidiah Redwoods State and National Park, go see them! The park is way up in the farthest northwest corner of California, but it’s worth the trip. And I’ll do my best in this post to convince you of that.
It’s hard to get a sense of how wide and how tall these trees are. In this photo, you can see a person to the far right. So that gives you a sense of bigness.
They are also massively tall, to the point where a camera really has a hard time getting the whole tree in the shot, as you can see from this photo.
To help resolve this technical issue, I took a short video starting at the base of a group of redwoods and going up to the top: redwoods-up
When you look straight up while standing in the center of a circle of redwoods, this is the video view: tops
Fun facts about Coastal Redwoods:
- Can grow to over 370 feet
- Some are nearly 2000 years old
- Bark can be 12 inches thick
- Diameter can be up to 22 feet
The redwoods need moisture year round, so that’s why you find them by the coast, and only along a narrow strip of california and southern Oregon. It’s also why you see lots of ferns around them, too. It’s like the best of a rain forest combined with really big trees. Pretty cool combination!
The National Park has rivers like this, making for wonderful campsites. I could walk all the way out to the edge of the river and watch rafters and fishermen enjoying the day.
Imagine seeing this view in the morning as you rub the sleep from your eyes. You might feel like you’re back in the 1700s or 1800s, no trace of civilization, just you and the big redwoods outside your door.
For more on Redwoods National and State Parks, you can check out their website.
The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America