Exploring the Redwoods (Day 32)

Yesterday I achieved a lifelong dream — to visit the giant redwoods.

Of course, that experience wouldn’t have been complete without a sighting of Paul Bunyan, and Babe his big blue ox.

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Soon we were in what could be called, even by the most cynical of skeptics, a magic forest. Ancient trees, upwards of a thousand years old, were scattered around, both standing and fallen, the sunlight coming through the canopy … it was breathtaking.


So obviously, we had to climb everything.

You can't tell, but she's a good 15 feet off the ground.
You can’t tell, but she’s a good 15 feet off the ground.



It was pretty amazing. I mean, tree trunks 15 feet wide are not something you see everyday (or ever) on the East Coast. I was in heaven.


As we were getting towards the end of the Avenue of the Giants, we came upon an attraction I couldn’t miss — the drive-through tree! Ironically, our Tahoe, with the cartop carrier attached, was too tall to drive through, but we still went and took a bunch of pictures. It was really amazing to see a tree so big a car could fit through! Once we were done posing it up, we started to leave, but stumbled on something else unexpected — actual tree houses!!

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These were the world’s coolest playhouses, carved out of the trunks of old redwoods, and they were amazing. They had windows, doors, second stories — the insides even had carved bookcases, complete with books!


We had an awesome time in the redwoods, and will definitely be back in the future for more hiking and exploring.


I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Virginia, and married a girl from New Hampshire, so I can drive the East Coast in my sleep. I love exploring, jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, fast cars, comic books, and generally refusing to act my age. More practically, I love budgeting and financial planning, renovating and updating older homes (and now campers), and learning to make our family as self-sustaining as possible.

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