The Hunt for the Grove of Titans

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

So we made it to Jedediah Smith State Park – home of some of the largest redwood trees in the world. The camp setup was quick, however, a long talk with the campsite hosts held us back from hitting the trail in search of the Grove of Titans. (We've found that one quality of all good campsite hosts is long and strong conversation.) To brief you: The Grove of Titans was discovered as recently as 1998 by Dr. Steve Sillett and Michael Taylor, and contains nos. 1, 4 and 5 of the world’s largest living organisms found so far. Check out the book The Wild Trees by Richard Preston--awesome. To give you an idea of how big these trees are, some of the biggest trees in the public Stout Grove are about 16-18 feet in diameter; the largest tree in the hidden Grove of Titans is 26 feet in diameter. The exact location of the grove is kept secret; there are only scattered clues. After a day hike in the area (where we thought they were), we found only the smaller neighbors of the Titan Grove inhabitants, which were still very impressive (see video). Such a beautiful and wild area – think Endor moon plus Land of the Lost. Wildlife sightings included three snakes and countless banana slugs.

Our day ended with homemade guacamole around the campfire and talk of returning to find the grove. The tapping of rain drops started as we zipped up the tent. Light rain and mist for a good part of the night…such great white noise to fall asleep.
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