The Magic Whispers of an Old Tree

Redwoods National and State Park

Have you ever laid your hand on
the bark of a tree and in that moment felt it’s warmth?
Climbed up so high you got dizzy looking down?
Then sat on a steady branch keeping your arms wrapped around the trunk holding on tight?
And then, looking out at the forest, at the whole world from way up there…
You become
One with the trees
Listening to their sounds 
Deep in the woods 
The swaying, the cracking, the leaves in the wind.  You close your eyes and loosen your grip 
Tune in and there 
You hear it
The stories of long ago 
The scents of earth, the beams of light, the soulless finding refuge in the old, the strong, the trustful.  
Here is peace. 
Here is forever.
And here is always. Hiding deep inside you, deep inside the tree, deep inside this Earth. 

Ah… the Redwoods where my soul is happy.
The land of majestic gentle coastal giants that leave you in awe. These trees, some of the tallest in the world, are not only amazing to look at, they’re also masters of cleaning our environment! As a matter of fact, they sequester 3 times as much carbon as any other ecosystem.
Walking through this forest you easily forget you’re in the 21st century and submerge yourself in it’s intense history and the art of the shapes and stances of each tree, all so different and all so magnificent. You can’t help but feel the calmness and serenity there.

This forest was once over 2,000,000 acres. After decades of logging starting in the 1800’s over 90% of this forest was cut down. This stopped in 1968 when it was finally made into a national park. Today the Redwoods national and state park stand at only 133,000 acres. But luckily there’s still a lot to see and you can still go far into the forest. (For how to help see below.)

Big Tree is worth a stop…

As you’re driving through you’ll get to see stunning views of the ocean

A few things…
-bring food and water.
-wear comfortable clothes and shoes. (not flipflops like me!!) You’ll be climbing and walking a lot.
-take your time.
-and please, take out what you bring in. We, sadly, saw a lot of trash thrown carelessly by the side of the road.

If you’d like to help the Redwoods, then this is a great place to start

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I’m not much for doing crowded touristy stuff especially in an area like this, but we decided to stop and visit Paul Bunyan (can’t miss him) to go for a tram ride and visit their store for souvenirs. Worth it? It was a nice experience, but not something I need to do more than once. I do want to go back to the Redwoods though many more times.

64 Comments on “The Magic Whispers of an Old Tree

    • They’re very tall! Not sure how tall exactly but I’m 5’9 and felt pretty small next to some of them.
      I hope you get to go. You’ll not regret it 💕


  1. Susanne — You were in my hometown: Klamath. I grew up playing in the Redwoods. I was Paul Bunyan’s voice from 1974 to 1978. And I spent the night on the smaller of the two sea stacks pictured from 101 before you have to drive over ‘Last Chance’ grade, where they continue to work at keeping the highway from slipping into the Pacific. I am so jealous and so home sick now. Thank you for the wonderful blog!!! — Tom

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  2. I LOVE the redwoods. Visiting them is akin to a religious experience. I feel nothing but reverence and awe of these old souls. It kills me to think of the millions that were logged. Hopefully, the remaining trees will be protected for perpetuity.

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  3. Beautiful!! I wish Americans would take action about our own forests instead of fretting about the Amazon, which we certainly do not control. Why can’t we enlarge our own forested land? We can, if we really want to!

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  4. This makes me think of Hangman’s Tree, in the middle of the woods: if you climbed up high in that, you could see practically to Portugal. But of course the whole woodland has been hewn down and paved over since then. And you can’t see much of anything.

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