|Photo by jdlasica|
Long before I pieced the words ‘I like’ and ‘hiking’ together in a sentence, I wanted to visit Redwood National Park in northern California. At that time, I guess I didn’t envision any kind of camping or hiking as being a part of this trip (or any trip, actually)–and by no means does it need to be. I very nearly drove through it with my aunt on a road trip we took in 2007, though for circumstances I can’t really remember we ended up skipping it.* I’m not sure how a backcountry experience here would compare to driving through (in places like the Grand Canyon and Arches the backcountry offers completely new perspectives on the parks… would this be the same?), but there’s something very exciting and special about experiencing places that few others are likely to go.
So why visit Redwoods? Well to start, there are few places I know of where you can drive through a living tree. Redwoods have diameters of 10-15 feet, and grow shockingly tall (as of 2006, the tallest living tree in the world was a 379.1 foot redwood in RNP–read more on that here). Maybe growing up on an apple orchard or being read books like The Giving Tree have led me to place overly emotive attributes on trees, but it’s hard not to feel awed by perspectives like this**:
Plus, I’m pretty sure I’ll one day need to dress up my child as an ewok… which will most definitely require a trip to Endor/Redwoods.
Here are some additional links to inspire your own travels:
- National Park Service: Redwood National Park
- Contains just about all the park info you could ever need.
- Trees of Mystery
- Background on the trees and their impressive qualities. Also includes a store to buy a seedling of your own.
- National Geographic: Redwood Photo Gallery
- See historical and modern photos of redwood forests.