Avenue of the Giants
The country road is dwarfed by these giant trees. There are some spots between trees on either side of the road where two cars can barely squeeze through.
To quote the brochure: This world-famous scenic drive is an alternate 31-mile country road which parallels and intersects Hwy 101 with its 51,222 acres of magnificent redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt and is easily accessible with convenient services provided along the way. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Take time to picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft, bike ride, or simply experience the peace in the cool hush of these ancient old growth forests.Shooting straight up into the treetops. One can only imagine what these forests must have looked like before the loggers wiped out some of the biggest, most impressive specimens. There are even trees where holes have been cut into them for the tourists to drive through. No pictures of that to be found here since I consider it to be a sacrilege. (Apparently the most famous of these no longer stands according to the article linked below.)
A fallen tree becomes a “mother tree” where new growth sprouts.
For more detailed descriptions of various parks and groves throughout the redwood belt click here. There are also some old black and white shots from early days when some of the bigger trees remained.
For more fascinating details about the Redwoods, where and how they grow, etc… click here (with translations in various languages)