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Old 08-01-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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Sequoias in Cali

Just got back up to Oregon - flew down to Palm Springs to bring a car back north for a dealership - on the way we kinda zigg-zagged: Twentynine Palms to Mojave to Porterville and into the Sequoia National park. Big trees, big rocks, about 50 miles of great views. The inland Sequoia is the largest tree by volume - maybe 3500 years old for the 30' diameter 260' tall monsters. They are so great in diameter that they actually aren't as impressive as the taller coast redwoods. They are so big around that they actually look kinda squatty. Hard to get an impression of how big they really are: here's SWMBO by one

and another well behind a tour bus:

We then scooted over a bit north of SFO (nice smog guys. love the traffic too.) and tied into 101 for the trip north.
The Avenue of the Giants, which seems to be a chunk of (older) 101 from Leggett to Weott is pretty much awe inspiring:

There are a fair number of older roadside attractions - House in a Tree! Drive Through Tree! The Immortal Tree! Very cool old cabins for rent. So sue me - I dug it - dunno who the urchin is:

On north through Redcrest - beautiful town - and to the Redwood National Park and the LadyBird Johnson Grove. I kinda like trees. they hang on regardless of most of what nature can throw at them - like fire - here's a hollowed out, but otherwise healthy example of maybe a 1000 year old giant.

Redwood is great wood - soft, straight grained, very rot resistant, easy to work... Supposedly 4% of the redwoods that were alive in 1850 are alive today. 160 years. Gonna be a long time before we can cultivate a nice stand of 1000 to 3500 year old trees.

Headed up the Oregon coast - we'll do Crater Lake another time. Good to travel, good to be back to our own bed.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:26 PM   #2
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Oh how beautiful. We have got to go.
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Yes, those trees are magnificent.
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This last winter my DW and I spent 6 weeks in a 31 yo camper touring Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho. We camped and hiked in all the national and state parks along the way. In Kings Canyon National Park (borders the northern side of Seqoiua NP) is the largest seqoiua - 44' diameter. It is hard to fanthom their size without seeing them first hand.
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It is a great park to visit, especially when it is snowing.
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thanx for gr8 pix. would i love to hug one of those though not quite sure of the logistics. i was supposed to see sequoias when i was in calif about 4 years ago but we ran out of time. you've peaked my interest again. sure hope there are some old ones left by the time i get out there.
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It is a great park to visit, especially when it is snowing.
Last Feb the morning after arriving at Yosemite a snow storm moved in. The camp ground cleared out rather quickly. It looked like rats abandoning a sinking ship. A solid line of vehicles heading west.

It was beautiful and quite. A couple of days later we drove south to Seqouia NP but they had the road closed because the snow was over 2 foot deep in the road several miles in. Went to Kings Canyon to the north to see the largest of the Seqouias. We then skirted around Seqoia NP and came in the southern enterance. It snowed again that night. It was great.
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Don't forget the Redwoods in N. Cal. this is where they filmed the first Jurasic Park Movie - a magical place that many people don't visit.
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Don't forget the Redwoods in N. Cal. this is where they filmed the first Jurasic Park Movie - a magical place that many people don't visit.
I agree - the drive through tree and the hollow tree are in Northern Ca., as is the Ladybird Johnson grove. Actually liked the coast redwoods better than the inland Sequoias. Plus there's a Costco in Eureka for cheap booze if you happen to be headed back to sin-tax-on-booze Oregon. SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. H. Ryder Haggard reference.
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I am a "tree" person also. I must get out there and see these trees. Thanks for posting the great pictures. I loved seeing the Live Oak trees down south. Would love to see the giant Redwoods.
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California is a wonderful place for trees. We have the largest (Sequoias), tallest (Redwoods) and the oldest (Bristlecone pines) tree in the world.
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Nice photos!

We drove our 42 foot beast on Cali 101 up through the Redwoods and stayed on the west coast of OR. We stayed in a campground where the beast was sandwiched between three good sized redwoods. A stretch of 101 is very tight and I thought I was going to trim off part of the roof in a couple of places.

OR coast is beautiful and rugged. We will be back when we have more time to explore. No photos as they are on my other PC which is at home. Borrowing DW's pc while nursing my mother back to health in TN.
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Oh how beautiful. We have got to go.
Keep going north through Big Sur and up to Marin to Muir Woods. Take the hike from muir woods up to mount tamalpais.

I cant wait until Gabe is old enough to manage a 5 mile walk in the woods.
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