Glympses from the Road – Entering the Redwoods…

After Cave Junction, Oregon, highway 199 passes through one of the most majestic ancient redwood forest on the planet:  Jedediah Smith State Park.

Highway 199 cuts right through Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, on the California-Oregon border. (July 2012)

Road narrows to more human scale when you get off…

Mmm…  ;-)

Majestic tree beings…

Sequoia sempervirens , also known as Coast Redwood, California Redwood, and Giant Redwood, grow for 1000–2000 years or even more. They’re the tallest trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at breast height.  Photos © Michaël Van Broekhoven.  Jedediah Smith State Park, July 2012.

Sadly, civilization has made virgin (never cut) forests very rare by now.  Of the ancient redwoods, only about 3% remains, compared to what was here only a couple centuries ago, it’s now ‘merely specs on the map’, as visible in this map comparison.  In “Today” (around 1990 for this map, I believe, as I’ve seen this map awhile ago too), the “big” spot near the coast in the border of Oregon and California depicts the place I visited:

Area of virgin forest from 1620 to today.  Not much left…
SOURCE: http://conservationreport.com/2009/02/24/deforestation-area-of-virgin-forest-from-1620-to-today/

I inserted one (too dark) photo into another (greater view), and matched them up as good as possible, to show the size of these trees in relation to little me:

Brrrr… It was a bit chilly compared to more inland. (Timed shot inserted into other photo. (dotted line added at seam); July 2012 Driveabout.

Unlike these trees standing still, again, onward I went…

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