400 years old when Jesus walked the earth

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

On Friday I went to see the Chandelier Tree at Leggett, CA.  It's 2,400 years old, taller than 300 feet and still growing.  It's also called the Drive Thru Tree, because you can actually drive right through it.  This I did, of course.  You cannot open your doors and get out while 'inside' the tree, but only barely squeeze through.  An amazing natural phenomenon!  There are other drive thru trees but I believe this is the 'original' one.  The entry fee is $5, and there's a gift shop next to the tree.
I had spent the night nearby, in Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area.  I had come down from Crescent City on Hwy 101 (which is called the Redwood Highway in California).  There are plenty of redwood trees in the region.  I had decided to explore Stout Grove and will post some photos from there.  It's quite an experience to walk in the total silence of the majestic trees.  
From Leggett I had decided to head for Petaluma along the coastal Hwy 1.  It was a great drive both through forests and along the Pacific coast but I would only be in Petaluma by 7 pm, so I decided to stop in Cloverville.  Dusk begins at 7 pm out here, and by 8 pm it's totally dark.  I prefer to arrive in daylight.  But a couple next to me arrived after dark last night and put up their tent assisted by their car headlights.  Later today I will head for Petaluma.  The KOA campground has a bus service to San Francisco, which I intend to use.  I haven't been to San Francisco since 1981.  

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marilyn on

You are traveling through beautiful country from the famous Oregon coast to very northern California with beaches, mountains, redwoods, nature's bounty of fruits and vegetables. There's a reason California is a lifestyle sprinkled with sunshine, enjoy!

P Tanzy Maxfield on

Another spectacular part of your trip. I've been on the road again for two weeks and am now enjoying meandering with the Mississippi River between southern MN and WI. Campers sure are great people along the way, 'eh?'
As a native Californian The redwoods have always been an integral part of my view. Always good to read you.

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