In the northern part of California, along the coast, is the Redwood National and State Parks. Along Highway 101 you will find the Trees of Mystery. This was one of our many stops on our recent Road Trip down Highway 101.
This was truly a stop worth making, the trees are amazing and it’s hard to fathom the height and diameter these trees grow to be.
Below is a photo of the Cathedral Tree, often use for a wedding location. See the description below from the website:
The Cathedral Tree.
A group of nine trees growing together as one – making this the worlds largest “cathedral” tree! Approximately 800 to 1000 years ago a very large tree stood in the middle of this formation. When it fell it didn’t die. The roots and burls of the stump sprouted and these nine trees happened to grow together in a circle around the original mother tree’s stump, which has long since rotted away. This tree is the site of Easter services each year and also many, many weddings.
Here are a few more photos I took, and some additional information about the trees, from the website. The statistics are mind boggling!
These Are The True Giants of the Forest.
To someone who has never seen one, a Redwood tree must seem to be something from a tall tale. Averaging eight feet to as much as twenty feet in diameter, and some as tall as three hundred and seventy five feet. That is a tree taller than the Statue of Liberty, from base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch. A tree larger around and through than a Greyhound bus. Absolutely the largest living thing on earth. A typical Redwood forest contains more biomass per square foot than ANY other area on earth, and that includes the Amazonian rain forests.
On our drive south, after our adventure in the Trees of Mystery, we drove through a tree, and stopped for a couple of extra photos before leaving the forest. It was such a beautiful drive.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.