Saturday, August 22, 2009

...from the Redwood Forests

During the course of our visit to Napa Valley we took a little (150 mile) detour and traveled up the Avenue of Giants and visited the Redwood Forest.  It is mind boggling how many backyard picnic tables are going unbuilt and unused just to protect these trees.  But seriously, folks, when you look at photos of this forest and these trees, it looks just like a regular forest, until you have someone stand within them or beside one to give you a sense of scale.

We, of course, being sailors, intend to also see the Gulf Stream waters before the end of this year, so we can add to our bucket list - we will have been, as the song says, "from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me."  And all in the same year this time.

 We just had to do the tourist thing and drive through the 
Chandelier tree. It was just a little one - only 345 feet tall. 
Okay, here's your backyard redwood furniture.
When you take a photo without something to  lend a sense
of scale it just looks like any other forest.
And now you see my point; this is not your average forest.
 Regular forest...
 big forest! (Or very tiny girl.)
 Squirrel hole?
 I think not!
 This is the third tallest redwood in the world - 370 feet.
(2,928,423,867 picnic tables with benches)
(You do the math.)
 The munchkin people.
 Everybody's tree got warts.
 By the way, if you click on the photos, they get bigger.
 Inside fallen tree.  A whittler's paradise.