Dipping into California increased our 'states visited' count to 15 for the 2014 RV Adventures.
Redwood National Park is located on the north-west tip of California. From the Oregon coast we were headed to Crater Lake so a visit wasn't far out of our way. The world tallest living tree has a cone about the size of the cherry in your Rob Roy and produces the tiniest of seeds. Standing taller that to Statute of Liberty the magnificent redwood can grow to nearly 370 feet tall. Because of the bark which is up to 12 inches thick, these trees resists insects and disease and can live up to 2,000 years.
Heavy fog creates moisture along the coast resulting in lush ferns and other plant life among the ever living trees. There are many hiking trails and driving tours around the area including the famous drive through trees. Fern canyon is a popular hiking trail with bright green ferns growing up the sides of the canyon about 75 feet high. Our campground was in the northern old growth forest area and words cannot describe it so you'll just have to plan a visit and see it for yourself.
By the way, the Giant Sequoia is the world largest tree. Growing slightly shorter at 311 feet it's diameter of 40 feet outshines the 22 foot diameter of the redwood. In addition, this tree can live up to 3,200 years. Hard to imagine, isn't it?
If these trees hadn't been protected years ago they would all be logged by now. This trip has opened my eyes to the importance of preservation and I feel fortunate to have stood among such splendor. I could have spent several more days in this area but it was time to start back north so Jo and John can catch a flight to Canada at the end of the month to see his new grandson.