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Big Basin
August 21, 2005

Yet another fall, further down. This is truly a nice hike, I'll be coming back here.

Now, that's a large tree. Redwood trees are the largest living things on earth.

Redwood gets its color from containing an acid, one that protects the tree from fungus, fire and parasites.

The bark is especially fire resistant. It may happen, though, that burning wood rolling down the hills get stuck on a redwood tree, and scorches the bark. After repeated fires, the fire may eventually burn through the bark, then hollowing the lower part of the tree. This is why many older trees have a large, hillside, wholes near the bottom.

They are the tallest living things, sometimes exceeding 300 fet (100 meters).

The bark is very porous and fireproof, offering good protection for the trees that may grow for well over a thousand years.

A year-around creek and some cooling fog offers perfect habitat for Redwood trees, mostly found along Calofornia's coast.


Due to an unproportionally shallow root system, they may eventually fall over on steep hills.

Audrey, examining the remains of the roots.

Most of our 7 mile Sunset Trail loop goes under the tall redwood trees, but there was one meadow along the way.

Eroding sanstone paved the way...with beach-like, white sand.

naked tree with leiken

a smoothly eroded sandstone waterfall

me, at the bottom of the falls

another fall further down

better not drop that car key

winding through the trees

Looks like we made it. Pheow!?

Ice cream on an empty stomache...tastes even better!

A stop along the way out to soak up the views.

South Bay, as seen through the haze. (click to view)

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