Avenue of the Giants.
The slow version of US Route 101 in California’s North Coast.
Slow because it has only two lanes, and because you keep staring at the massive redwoods that line its length (31 miles more or less), and because you have to slow down to avoid trees that are in the way of the road…so the road goes around them, just by inches, and your mirror might bang on the tree….
Rather than a picture of the roadway, here’s a picture of why we visit the area:
The trees lean toward the center of the photo because I tilt the camera to catch as much as possible…click on any picture and it will fill your screen.
Everything is so accessible. There are little wide spots on the road, where you can park and walk 10 feet inside the woods…and be completely enveloped, surrounded as it were.
Despite the drought elsewhere in California, this area has no shortage of moisture…which is precisely why these giants flourish right here. Notice even the ground has ferns and tiny green cover plants everywhere there’s the slightest opportunity for sunlight. At the park office, a row of deciduous trees shows the results of plentiful moisture and available sunlight.