Age Is Relative
Redwood National Park
Yellowstone is the oldest of our nation's national parks established in 1872, Yosemite gained National Park status in 1890.
Redwood National Park earned that distinction in 1968, a year after I took residence on this planet.
Apparently the funding got doled out accordingly.
We were half-way into the park before we realized it. Redwood National Park is an odd mix of pieces of land, some recently acquired, some previously state property, some just outside private lands.
Hwy 101 runs right through it, although it would be hard to know that because unlike most National Parks I've been to there is not a main entry but rather many entry points into parts of the park.
Our GPS was going in and out, I would imagine because of the giant trees. When we saw that we were almost to Klamath, we turned back and headed to the Redwood Information Center just south of Orick.
We found some displays in disrepair on the outskirts of Orick.
When we finally found a park official and inquired as to available campsites we were told there were still 12 sites up at Mill Creek, but that the park was filling up quickly so we should probably get there as soon as possible.
So back in the car we got and we circled back up the coast, past Orick, Klamath and most of the park, almost all the way to Crescent City.
But we did get a camp site. And it was one of my favorite spots to date, which given how much camping we've been doing says quite a lot.
Our car and trailer were parked down below us.
We had to lug everything up a trail and stairs.
But once there we were above the road and hidden.
It was like being in a tree house.
A Moving Target
In Yosemite and thus in the world , General Sherman holds the undisputed title of being the largest tree.
However the tallest tree changes regularly and because the of vast number of giants in these forests just finding the latest contenders is a challenge.
The "Stratosphere Giant," was 369 feet high. That's about twice the size of the Statue of Liberty (minus the foundation).
The people who discovered it have never revealed its true location, which is somewhere in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
It is no longer king.
After its short four-year reign as World's Tallest, two hikers, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, were deep in another section of another park, Redwood National Park (purchased in 1978 during the Carter administration) when they came across a new stand of trees, taller than anyone had ever seen before. The tallest of the tall is 379 feet 4 inches, 10 feet taller than the Giant. It's now called "Hyperion."
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The World's Tallest Tree Is Hiding Somewhere In California
When we accepted that we weren't going to see the tallest tree on the planet and that we were in the car more than in nature, we decided to concentrate on the northern part of the park.
We ended up hiking some pretty challenging trails and seeing amazing, ever shifting coastlines and tide-pools.
I was climbing a decaying giant trying to get a nice shot of our campground when I came upon this little creature holed up in the bark near the base.
We also saw many banana slugs.
Soon hopefully we'll be able to release the video of one of our encounters.
But for now I will leave you with a few pics of our "S" friends.