First look at the Redwoods

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Monday, September 27, 2010

California is known for many things, beautiful beaches, surfing, mountains and definitely as the home of some of the largest trees in the world. At a number of the national parks there is one thing that is advertised heavily and billed as a must see, the giant Redwoods. The term redwood generally refers to the giant coastal Sequoia's, which are not only the largest trees in the world but also one of the only words I know that contains all the vowels in the alphabet, but only once each.

 
 
Anyway I digress, so having heard about these giants of the natural world we decided to take our van into the heart of the woods, and it didn't take long for us to realise why they give so many column inches towards promoting them.They are something special that we just don't have in the UK, I've seen baobab trees in Africa and always thought they would be the biggest I'd see in my life, I was wrong.
 


The drive took us to our first trail through redwoods, our first real taste of a world of giants. I had heard about these giant trees but had no real comprehension of how big they truly were, that changed quickly. We arrived at Stout Memorial Grove in the middle of the Howland Hill Scenic route and began to explore.

In order to get a real appreciation of the size of the trees we have used a simple method, take something you know the size of, in this case Zoe and put it next to something you don't know the size of, a giant sequoia. 
 Not only were there huge trees but this was also a beautiful place in it's own right, we arrived towards the end of the day and the light streamed through the woods in a magical way, there was enough particles in the air to highlight the beams of sunlight, the combination of colours was sensational.

  At this point I think it is probably important to introduce those of you who have never heard of the lying down game to a concept that has become a part of our trip, it's a simple premise and one that is both immature and fun in equal measure. The idea is simple, go to random places, lie face down on the ground or any other surface) and take a picture of yourself. This was the start of the game for our trip.
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