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Avenue of the Giants

June 20, 2013 1 comment

In the 1800’s, a wagon trail was constructed through the redwood forest.  Eventually, it was expanded to become a two lane highway, later to be replaced by a modern 4 lane highway.  The old road, winding through the giant redwoods, was kept and became the Avenue of the Giants.

The road itself is 32 miles long, although it seems longer because of the twists and turns.  It gets quite narrow, and there are many signs of vehicles running into the giant trees.  But it is quite an impressive sight, and the many giants… some over 2,000 years old and over 300 feet tall… never fail to impress.

The road is well shaded by giant trees

The road is well shaded by giant trees

A little grocery store along the Avenue

A little grocery store along the Avenue

A fallen giant is rotting away

A fallen giant is rotting away

The size of the trees are impressive when compared to a person

The size of the trees are impressive when compared to a person

Inside the fallen giant

Inside the fallen giant

This tree has rings dating it back to 953 AD... so some 2,200 years old

This tree has rings dating it back to 953 AD… so some 2,200 years old

This truck was built from one log by Charles Kellog, who used it to promote this area

This truck was built from one log by Charles Kellog, who used it to promote this area

Inside the log cabib motor home

Inside the log cabin motor home

A view down Eel River

A view down Eel River