Visit Henry Cowell’s Redwood Forest, California.
UNTUK VERSI BAHASA MELAYU, KLIK SINI.
My travel post won’t be in sequence this time. Because I choose to write about the place or activity I favorite the most. If in South Korea, I liked Bukchon Hanok Village the most and when I’m back in California, I was stunned by the beauty of Redwood forest while Mike and I drove along Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1)
Maybe you will think – “it’s just a tree. The wood behind my house is even nicer”. Well, ok. If that’s what you think, I have nothing against your mockery. But my experience seeing Redwood forest has surpass all magical moments I had with all the places and object I have seen prior to this trip. Yes, it is just a tree. But, to me, there are none of beautiful buildings I have seen so far can compare with Redwood’s value after I have touched, seen it my self and know its history.
Redwood trees grew in few parts of California. It grew in a small closed group, not scattered like any other types of wood. These trees are the tallest and the most massive species on earth that you still able to see until today. I think it is bigger than dinosaurs. It has red trunks and dispersed fiery red tone color under the sun light.
It was stated that this forest exist more than 2,200 years ago. If you ever come to Henry Cowell’s Redwood forest, you will be greeted by a huge cross section cut of the oldest tree that tells you world’s history within its ring. It exist before the birth of Jesus/ Modern Calender begins. Stood for 2,200 years, just imagine that the tree had witnessed millions of human walked underneath, civilizations and changes of weather. If this tree can talk, it will tells only true story of human and history because I know that creature like tree and plants wouldn’t lie.
Come here if you want to be a thumbelina 🙂
I told Mike that I thought that only Alaska has the gigantic creature on its great land surfaces. Now I learned that, this Redwood tree is the biggest creature that lives outside Alaska. Film like Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Jurrassic Park used Redwood forest in some of its scenes.
The base trunk is too big it serves as a shelter / house to indigenous long time ago.
It only costs you $10 to enter Henry Cowell’s Redwood State Park (for car park) and it is valid for 24 hours and it can be used to enter other National State Park along Pacific Coast Highway, California.
I must say that Redwood is the King of all trees. You can feel its aura and see it stands majestically among other living creatures once you walk through it.
When I first stepped into this forest, there felt a strange feeling slipped into my chest. Not a ghastly kind of feeling. But a good, almost teary strange kind of feeling. This place got me almost teared up while I witness the greatness of Creator’s work. I keep thanking Mike for bring me up here to the Redwood forest.
The peaceful silence in this forest almost like a sacred place. Maybe it is. The sweetest smell fills up the air produced by the Redwoods, I hope it is not too much if I said that, it makes me imagine of how the foothill of heaven smells like. If someone like me has too many obstacle and many bad reason that prohibit to enter the heaven kingdom after life since I appear too imperfect in the eyes of Malaysian Muslim, I still thanked to God for giving me this opportunity to witness His creation now, in this life.
This is a young Redwood tree in case you wonder how it looks like.
Of all the pictures that I took and posted it up here, still unable to do the justice. If you happen to come visit California, please take a chance to visit one of the Redwood forest. Time and flight ticket cost to Los Angeles is too pricey for only Premium Outlets and shopping malls. Or to spend on manmade park like Universal Studios and Disneyworld. I laughed at my old stupid self when I remember I always pose with shopping paper bag in every destination I have been. When I knew that rich, successful people like Sir Richard Branson or Trump family never showed off the stuff they purchased / owned. Anyway, shopping Malls in Malaysia is good enough to me. If you can find certain model or product in home country, you can always search it online. I bet you can afford to pay the shipping cost with the money you have in your bank account.
Well, I still struggling, learning to be a humble person. I know it was the sweetest lullaby to Mike’s ear when I told him I just want to witness nature wonder and visit great landscapes next time we are out there, traveling.
There is one single grave in the middle of the forest though. Now, that’s how I called Rest in Peace
To be continued…