I’ve stood among the Californian Redwoods and Giant Sequoias before, the tallest trees in the world. But while the treehouse we were so close to the Californian border and the Redwood national forest that it seemed like an opportunity missed to not see them again. The trees truly are awe inspiring and to stand among them is an experience that has yet to grow tiresome for me.

Stepping into a grove of Californian Redwoods really is like walking into one of natures own cathedrals. The forest the air is thick with the smell of pine and the fallen needles make for a soft carpet like feel under foot.

It amazes me to think that a Redwood grows from a seed the size of a tomato seed yet it can grow to around 360 feet tall, that’s taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Redwoods typically live for around 500 to 1,000 years, though some live up to around 2,000 years old, and with a base some 22 feet in diameter they are incredibly resilient trees able to withstand even the effects of fire due to their foot-thick bark.

The coastal Redwoods (where we were) are the tallest but the nearby Giant Sequoia’s grow to around 3,000 years old and though they don’t reach as tall they have a huge base some 44 feet in diameter!

As we began to descend into Crescent City you couldn’t see the sea at all. Heavy coastal fog hung in the air making for a dull and overcast day for those at the beach. But the fog was so low it took no time to at all to climb out of it and reach clear air and blue skies along the weaving coastal highway 101.

As we drove along highway 101 through the coastal Redwoods, sea fog swept in and presented us with an amazing scene as great shafts of evening sun shone through the trees. What few words I can think to describe this seem completely inadequate. It was simply breathtaking, but even that sounds cliched.

Redwood State Park
United Nations world heritage : Redwood National Park