|As we arise from a night’s rest, gazing out the window to see the sun is starting to peek over the mountain tops. We watch as the morning fog is burning off from the rays of the sun and the day become alive.
We will spend this day traveling the “Avenue of The Giants”. The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway in Northern California, U.S.A., running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, which parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt and is accessible to all 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. The road follows the Eel River which is 196 miles thru Northern California and ending at the Pacific Ocean.
There are 3 different types of redwood trees, Coast Redwoods, Dawn Redwoods and Giant Sequoias. Coast Redwoods are the tallest known tree species in the world. Mature trees average 150-250 feet tall and some have exceeded 350 feet with a diameter of 12-20 feet. This is the type that grows on the Northern Pacific Coast of California. The Dawn Redwood is native to central China and is smallest of the 3 types. The Giant Sequoias are the most massive of the three redwoods. Not quite the tallest and perhaps not necessarily the broadest, but certainly the heaviest. These trees grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They can live for more than three thousand years and reach a height of 250 feet. Redwood Trees can live more than 2,000 years. The bark on the Coast Redwood is often over 1 foot thick which creates a formidable barrier against insects.
Driving on this road you must stay alert. As you see by the pictures, the trees grow on the edge of the pavement and some of the trees show the marks of tearing mirrors off vehicles as they get to close. The road is very narrow 2 lane and very curvy, it is not a road you sightsee as a driver.
We were told about the Avenue Café located in Miranda, a little town on the trip that had the best pizza in the area, so we stopped. They were right, it was the best pizza we have had on the entire trip, so this was a good stop. As you see by the picture of the truck, someone got here a long time ago and never left.
We drove the entire 31 mile trip and like it so much we turned around and drove back going the other way. We stopped at the “Immortal Tree” which they feel is between 950 to 1000 years old. At one of the visitor centers were some of the logs cut from the trees. As you see with us standing by them just how large the tree is. Looking at the bench, it was cut from half of a single log, this is all one piece. Charles Kellogg (October 2, 1868 – September 5, 1949) was an American vaudeville performer who imitated bird songs, and later a campaigner for the protection of the redwood forests of California. He was born on a ranch in Susanville, California and grew up in the 1870s observing the animals and birds of the forests. He constructed a mobile home, called the "Travel Log", out of a redwood tree and drove it around the country to raise awareness of the plight of the California forests. Its maximum speed was 18 mph. The Travel Log itself is currently on display in the Visitor Center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Also got a picture of a truck with its load of logs, only 3.