Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Our last stop of this trip was Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902, earning its designation as a California Historical Landmark.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park - it's located in Santa Cruz county, about 36 km northwest of Santa Cruz. The road goes through the forests and hills and might take much longer time then you think.
But the views are astonishing. At one point we were in a Silicon valley and suddenly we are in the middle of a forest.
To be honest it took us about two hours to get to the park even though we had to clear not more then 40 km which would take about 30 minutes on the highway.
Anywhere you look are just fields of forests.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is somewhere there in the middle of these forests.
American explorer :)
At the end the road became really narrow.
Very interesting place - trees growing by the sides of the road and look like a huge gates.
And finally we are here - Big Basin Redwoods State Park established in 1902.
At the very entrance we meet a huge Sequoia tree. I've never seen trees this big. It truly is a giant.
Parking will cost you 10$. That's it. No other additional expenses. Beside from the souvenirs of course.
Small museum at the entrance. You can see by the models how large Sequoia trees are.
Look at this house. This is really amazing how the house is built right inside the trees.
Here I am standing right next to it. It feels like standing next to a skyscraper.
The park has a large number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes, many animals (deer, raccoons, an occasional bobcat) and abundant bird life – including Steller's Jays, egrets, herons and Acorn Woodpeckers.
The parks is famous for its Sequoia trees. They are without any doubts just huge.
Sequoia trees are evergreen, long-lived, monoecious trees living 1200–1800 years or more. Can you imagine that?
This species includes the tallest trees living now on Earth, reaching up to 115.5m in height (without the roots) and up to 7.9 m in diameter at breast height.
You really feel like a midget in this forest.
Some trees are so old that they have gained something like a cave inside them.
But beside the trees this park is really amazing. The nature is so clean, the air is unbelievably fresh. In most of the places there is no phone connection as well.
Such a beautiful nature.
The park is really huge and you have to be prepared when you go there. As you can see some routes may take up to 6 hours to accomplish. So be prepared to hike a lot. Also you might want to take some food and water supplies. Not sure there are stores in the woods.
This is how the trail actually looks like. I wouldn't compare it as walking in the park. Some parts of the trail might be quite steep.
And every once in a while you meet another giant. These really are the largest trees on earth. It's an amazing feeling to be right next to them.
Here you can see how small people actually are comparing to the trees
Suddenly met another group of tourists walking back.
I was never really a fan of the nature but this place is amazing. One of the most beautiful forests I've ever seen.
On the other side of the trail.
Even though it's a forest all trails have been carefully chosen and prepared for the hikers.
As we walked deeper the nature became more and more intact.
Nowhere in the world will you be able to see such plants and trees.
Unfortunately we didn't have enough time so we had to turn back quite quickly. If you plan to visit this place, try to get there as early in the morning as possible.
One last photo by the giant tree.
And it's time to head back to San Francisco. In the end it took us about two hours to get to the city.
On the way back stopped to once more admire the beautiful view of the silicon valley.
A moment for the panorama shoot.
And as I said - two hours later - we are back.
Hello big city life. This was our last evening. So the next morning we took a cab and headed for the airport.
Can you imagine that? Ludovico Einaudi concert. Deamn. I wish we could have such concerts on Friday evenings. For those who still doesn't know who this is here is a video of his music - I'm sure you have seen and heard his music.
Ou - and this was our cab on our way to the airport. Huge Escalade Navigator. First time I was in such car. Pretty cool.
Nice plane at the airport of San Francisco.
Say goodbye to this city. Hope to see you again pretty soon.
Flying over America. Somewhere over Texas.
And here is my favourite New York city. You can see lower Manhattan with the Wall street in the right corner, statue of liberty next to it as well as the Brooklyn bridge and the Brooklyn itself.
And here is the JFK airport. One of the largest airports in the world.
Preparing for landing. Atlantic ocean on the right.
Standing in the airport waiting for our next flight to Helsinki. Yeap - there's the Empire State building on the horizon. It's a shame we don't have time to stay in New york for a little longer.comments powered by Disqus