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Avenue of the Giants

In December I had the good fortune to travel along northern California’s Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile scenic drive that runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  The “giants” in the name refers to the coastal redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, that towered above me in silence.

This photograph may give you a glimpse of how magnificent the trees are.  The tallest now living is 379 feet, comparable to a 30-story building, possibly the tallest living organism on earth.  Redwoods can grow to 26 feet in diameter, large enough for a car to drive through their trunk.  The most ancient known redwood is thought to be  2,200 years old – a mature tree before Christ’s birth.

You have to admire the trees for surviving so long despite fires, floods, and loggers. The redwoods have earned their botanical name’s sempervirens, meaning “evergreen” or “everlasting.”  Imagine what they’ve witnessed, standing there for centuries.  Think how the world has changed around them.  Picture people who have passed by: Native Americans, trappers, pioneers, lumbermen, and now drivers whizzing along in cars. Continue reading ‘Avenue of the Giants’

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