In Northern California lies an ancient forest filled with Gods. This was our second trip to The Redwoods, and driving from Portland down to The Redwoods is a spectacular drive, but when you get to the forest….everything slows down, and you can do nothing but look up in awe. When you hike through the forest, the ground beneath you is soft, sponge like, and everything is silent and peaceful.
The Redwoods hold another special meaning to us. It’s where Alex first told me he loved me, almost exactly three years before this trip. We took a spontaneous trip down there the first time. Just us and our tent.
The Redwoods was a logging mine in the 40’s. These powerful and ancient trees, which can live up to 3,000 years, were torn down without a care in the world. 600,00 acres of trees were lost due to logging. Only 7% of the trees in the forest are old growth. The Redwoods are now in trouble, again. This time climate change is a leading factor into the destruction of these magnificent trees, and with that the species that depend on these forests, but that’s not all. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, only 22% of the forest have been thoroughly protected from commercial logging, subdivision or other development.
The Redwoods are a spectacular beauty to visit. They are a magnificent wonder to protect. I hope I can visit them again.