Through endless fog and acres of trees, lie the Redwood Forest. These trees are the last members of a race that flourished centuries ago. It was such a wonderful experience to be able to stand right in one and feel the presence of all those who have done the same over the years.
The forest is located in Leggett, a town about two hours north of Mendocino. On your way there you will drive through what seems like too many trees but is not really enough. The air outside is warm and occasionally you may catch a glimpse of sun shining through the barricade of leaves. Although your excitement may get the best of you, we warn you to drive slowly because not only do cars drive around corners quickly but if you look outside your window you will see you are on the edge of a cliff that shoots directly down.
While on your way, you may get lucky and see an elk. And no, this photo is not zoomed in. We believe that this elk gets lots of visitors because he seems extremely comfortable with all the flashes and shutters coming from all the cameras. The main destination in the town of Leggett is the Drive-thru Tree. If you continue driving onward for about an hour you will come to the heart of the forest where the trees are the thickest and the tallest. Due to time we were not able to do this but were still able to experience the forest enough from coming to this spot. The trees here were probably the tallest we had ever seen and even if you strained your neck back to its very limits, you still wouldn’t have been able to see the top.
At first when you see the Drive-thru tree you may be a little apprehensive about being able to fit your car all the way through it. Don’t worry it is possible – and without scratching it, but as you drive through you can see the smoothly polished wood of a tree that has stood here all the way since the upper Jurassic Period.
Over the years, average people, no different from us have travel here to see these trees. To smell the sea that hugged the fog in the trees, the preservation of such beauties. Here you can feel passionate love, a desire for someone and an immortal feeling beyond words. Even if you only come here once, your presence will always be known and recognized to others.
“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” – John Steinbeck