Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
Trip End Oct 15, 2013

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Today we got to the redwood forest and went for a walk through the trees. The redwoods were so huge and it was brilliant climbing up the roots and balancing on the trees.

The first shore landing was made in 1775 but the settlements came in 1850 with gold miners. The settlement needed wood so they started cutting down the redwoods to make their houses. By the end of the 19th century the extra railroads made a huge industry for redwood trees so they got cut down. When the miners arrived there was 2,000,000 acres of redwood and now there is only 120,000 left so the government declared it a national park to stop the woodcutting.

In prehistoric times the redwood family was everywhere, but because of the ice age they could only survive in three isolated places, in each place the redwoods grew differently. The one we saw (the coast redwood) evolved into the tallest living thing in the world, another called the giant sequoia is really wide but not quite as tall and the dawn redwood (in china) is much lower and thinner.

Here are a few facts about coast redwoods:
* coast redwoods get 1/3 of their water from the mist coming in from the sea.
* coast redwoods have really shallow root systems so you always have to stay on the paths.
* coast redwoods can grow up to 380 feet tall.
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Granny and Pi on

Here is a joke What is the difference between a red wood and a green wood?
Cant think of the answer?............I would'nt know Ha ha
The journey seems to be getting more exciting each day and we have enjoyed learning so much. In Australia it is easier to go up sand hills than it is to go down
so maybe Mum and Dad did not know this. I could have saved you a lot of effort.
Keep the bulletins and photos coming and let me know if you want any advice hoe to navigate in fog Lots of love from us both

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