The giants that line this 31 mile route are redwood trees and they are the oldest and tallest living things in the world. Even when we craned our necks we couldn’t see to the very top of the trees. The tallest recorded tree is 375 ft (114 m) high and 52 ft (16 m) round, that’s like a high rise building! The tallest tree fell over in 1991 but it is still a sight to see.
I know I’m small but… these trees really are GIANTS!
The Immortal Tree has been standing for 1,000 years against all odds. The axe marks the scar where loggers in 1908 axed an undercut in the tree with the intention of falling it but for some reason they never went back to finish the back cut. Life number one used. Shortly after there was a big fire in the area lit by loggers slashing brush. Again it was scared but did not kill the tree. Around 1952 the 298 ft (90 m) tree was stuck by lightening, taking 50ft (15 m) off it’s top. Finally, the fish (above the axe) shows the flood line, some 17 ft (5 m) above the base of the tree, from the 1964 flood which inundated the area.
Just by the Immortal tree is this naturally hollow redwood log which measures 33 ft (11 m) in circumference. It was left over from a harvest sometime between 1850 and 1900.
We had lunch at the Eternal Tree House Cafe and checked out the hut built in a living stump of an over 2,500 year old tree. It’s hard to see how big the cavern is in this photo but it’s a 20 ft (7 m) room. The hollow was made from fire centuries ago (and used by Indians, hunters and travellers over time) and then refined with a wood splitter’s axe in the 1900s.
Along the avenue are also lots of wood carvings and art. This Indian Sculpture that looked over the picnic tables at the Eternal Tree Cafe was a favourite of Anas. I liked all the bear carvings myself.
The Visitor Center had a rings of history stump that was a really clever way of highlighting just how old these giants are (and this is a relatively small log for the area!)
If you look closely this tree was pretty skinny when the Vikings discovered North America but quite sizeable when the University of Paris was founded and Genghis Khan conquered the Persians.
Papi’s favourite activity of the day was driving through a 3,000 year old tree.
Ana’s favourite place of the day was inside these two and three story tree houses (located in the same place as the drive-thru tree in Myers Flat). I thought they were pretty fun too. Ana and I suggested we stayed the night there but Mum said we had another night at our cabin in Trinidad already paid for.
The Avenue of the Giants is about 100 miles south of the Oregon boarder and 200 miles north of San Francisco and so, so, so much fun.