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.
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.
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!!
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.