The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time. They have the mystery of ferns that disappeared a million years ago into the coal of the carboniferous era. They carry their own light and shade. The vainest, most slap-happy and irreverent of men, in the presence of redwoods, goes under a spell of wonder and respect. Respect–that’s the word. One feels the need to bow to unquestioned sovereigns. I have known these great ones since my earliest childhood, have lived among them, camped and slept against their warm monster bodies, and no amount of association has bred contempt in me – John Steinbeck
The chance to walk among giants, and see some of the biggest trees to ever live was what drew us here. What is unbelievable about Redwoods is that you are driving across farm fields with no trees in sight, and round a corner and enter a tunnel of massive Redwoods. The first few minutes we were just pointing and saying wow. It was truly a sight to see!
Something to think about: “Big Tree” is approx. 1,500 years old. Think of what it has seen and what it has survived. Now think of all of the foolish wars mankind gets caught up in. This tree will be here long after these wars are done.
This Park packs a punch, if you are looking for the “wow-factor” you can really find it here! The size of these trees is really quite amazing.
My biggest annoyance driving in California: 55MPH statewide for those towing.
[Slowly] off to Napa Valley!