Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s oldest park, covering 18,000 acres from sea level to more than 2,000 feet elevation. Situated in Boulder Creek, our drive up through miles of forest winding roads almost had me carsick. At the end of it we had had enough and were glad to be at the park’s main entrance. Nevertheless, we wanted to check out the redwoods, as they are known to be the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. Some of these trees measure close to 300 feet tall and 50 feet in circumference; and they estimate their age to be in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 years old.
Big Basin has many trails that lead up to waterfalls. People go there to picnic, camp, hike and bike. We went there specifically to see the giant trees. We strolled the Redwood Trail to see just that.
Shaded by the redwoods inside the vast park, it provided temporary relief from the hot sun. In every direction we looked, no doubt we were surrounded by nature. Little birds chirp melodiously, barely seen as they were hidden by the redwoods branches. Stellar’s Jays flew around, flaunting their black mohawk and beautiful blue bodies. I wanted to touch and hold one, but just like most birds, they are free and out of our reach.
Walking amongst these old and massive trees, we were amazed by their size and height. Standing next to some of the tree trunks proved how little we were up against these redwoods. I touched a few of them, admiring their old structure and paying homage to their old existence, while conjuring the scene of the old (and wise) talking trees in the forest from The Lord of the Rings.
We were thrilled to discover the Mother and Father of the Forest. Nick really wanted to see these giant trees and we had no idea they would be found on this trail. Seeing them ourselves, we realized how they had acquired their names from the founders in the early nineteen hundreds.
This was a pleasant nature walk, relaxing and soothing to the soul.