Our glorious trees
“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
The quote above is very accurate. These trees have a distinctive power over the observer. There is an exhilarating weight of their presence. They inspire a feeling of other-worldliness, like standing on a distant planet. While viewing these trees from your car can be fun, like driving Howland Hill road, the experience is so much better if you pick a trail and go deep.
It is estimated that only 5% of the original forest standing in 1849 is still with us today. From Big Sur to southern Oregon 95 percent of these trees and the ecosystem they dominate are gone. Destroyed by greed, ancient trees that stood for over a thousand years, were cut down and turned into floor boards, and fence post, and money. And I would imagine that 95 percent of all of the wealth and product they created are gone as well. In less than 100 years these forests of unbelievable life were decimated.
This part of the world is truly special, but it is a mix of awe and sadness. The economic and political morality of the past has been at times unforgivable. The present economics of the county are shaky to say the least. But surrounded by the common problems of man is a tremendous natural beauty. This beauty fills the entire county, ocean, forest and river.
So when you are standing with these ancient giants, face to face with the biggest tree you have ever seen in your life, think of all the people who came before and imagine how this tree must have made them feel. Our ancestors, the Tolowa and Yuroks, the logging companies and gold miners, the ranchers and homesteaders, the people of Del Norte and Humboldt county, and all of the tourists that have traveled millions of collective miles and looked at that single tree and said, “Damn, that’s a big tree.”
The parks that surround the Inn have some of the oldest and tallest trees anywhere on the planet. Check out the links below for more information and check out our area resource page for our favorite hikes.
The mission of Save the Redwoods League is to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.
These are great people and friends with the Inn.
This is the best site for hikes in all of the redwood parks. Very informative.