Friday, October 12, 2012

Redwoods, 10/12/12

On the road again Friday Oct. 12.

Phil underneath the Big Tree. It is 304 feet high, 21.6 feet in diameter, 68 feet in circumference. Age: 1,500 years!

Prairie Creek Meadow. Roosevelt elk is the name of these wild elk. This guy is BIG!!! Signs say stay away. There were 30 to 40 grazing.

We stopped at the Kuchel Visitor Center. It's overcast but not rainy.

The sand is black. Also interesting to see plants growing in the sand.

A canoe used by the Indians.

Through Oregon and California we see lots of lumber processing plants.

And semis hauling either recently cut logs or lumber.

We are driving the Avenue of Giants. It is phenomenal!!!

The trees are so tall.

Our RV is level on the road. Walking into the forest the ground is covered with mulch. Seeing our RV partially hidden shows how much mulch built up over the years.

These are old growth trees. Meaning the area has not been harvested.

The maple leaves are so pretty.

It's hard to conceive how big these trees are.

Founders Grove was dedicated to those who started the "Save the Redwoods" movement in 1908. This "Champion Coast Redwood" tree fell in 1991 after a monstrous storm. Its seismic crashing could be heard 10 miles away. It sounded like a train wreck.

Can't get a photo of its length. It weighed one million pounds and was over 362 feet tall.

This Travel-Log is on display at the Humboldt Redwood State Park Visitors Center.

It was built from a 11 ft. diameter, 22 ft. long Redwood log by Charles Kellogg. He toured the country in it, spreading the word: how important it was to save the Redwoods.

Spending the night again under the canopy of Redwoods at Humboldt Redwood State Park. Another campfire night.

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