Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So many Redwoods . . . So little time . . .

Poor Oscar. I had him blow into a brown paper bag to stop hyperventilating after telling him about the Redwoods. I almost had to give him the bag again as we entered the forest, but he said he could handle it.

Our first night amongst the Giants was at Jedediah Smith State Park, where we relaxed in the evening to some Native American flute music and Irish whistle whafting through the trees.

Then we moved down to the Humbolt Redwoods State Park, along the Avenue of Giants!
Oscar couldn't stand it . . . he grabbed the leash, put it on and said "Times wasting Pete! Let's get a move on!!!" Off we went through a doggy heaven of 600-700 year old trees everywhere you could lift a leg.

Here were two of Oscar's favorites. He'll have happy dreams for years just thinking of them!He looked so proud standing next to this one - like he was claiming it for his own!

On the way back to the campsite, Oscar found this cool tree that started to grow waaaaaay back in 1148 AD. It was 300 feet tall and 839 years old when it fell in 1987. It weighed 650,000 lbs!!!! That's an awful lot for a 13 lb dog to water . . . Oscar was sure he'd be up to the task. (yeah, right)
So that was our trip to the Redwood Forest. It is very humbling to walk among these giant sentinels who have stood firm over the test of time. Kind of puts our brief moments on earth in perspective. We'd better make the best of them. Oscar & I are working on it . . . time to head eastbound, towards home . . .

5 comments:

Anke said...

Pete, you're having such great travel destinations, that I'm jealous! But at least I have some more places to put on my list of where I really want to go sometime! The pirates nest in oregon looks fabulous on the picture, as do the redwood trees. Compared to the tall trees even the wonder egg looks a playmobil size, I can imagine it makes you put everything in perspective....Are you going straight home now, or making a stopover somewhere? And afterwards, will there be more on the pete, oscar and the wonderegg road show? Anyway, take care!

The Collins said...

We can't wait to see you guys when you arrive home! Ysabel will see you in two weeks from this thursday.

mountainborn said...

Great stops is right !

Meanderthal said...

Pete,

You brought back great memories of our little boys in the Redwoods probably 28 years ago. I'm guessing they marked some of the same trees as Oscar. But with statue of limitations, Oscar has claim!

Best of travels

Gayle & Richard said...

Lynn would be so, so proud of you, Peter. Can't wait to see you and Oscar. Come home & vote!!!

Much love...Gayle