Tuesday, 13 August 2013
we explore the avenue of the giants
We decided to head away from the main 101 to look at the Redwood forest more closely. The main road skates across the top of the forest on an elevated section.
As soon as we slipped onto the side road, we were immediately deep into the forest, which twists along for about 40 miles.
It's spectacular, with tall trees along both sides, some of which are many hundreds of years old. I can vaguely remember a picture from childhood of this area, monochrome, from a magazine, with old looking cars tripping through the forest.
I guess only the car models have changed through to today's view; fortunately the National Parks took a slice of the area under its wing to stop it all from being cleared back in the late 1960s.
More recent references would include the area's use in Return of the Jedi and one of the Jurassic Park movies.
There's a few small towns along the route with signs saying 'Population 59' and similar. They still resemble something from an old movie, with the addition of 'Visa accepted' and 'Wi-fi available' signs in the windows of the stores.
Oh, and another one of those trees to drive through. This time we did.