Good morning everyone,
Melissa, friends Ann and Michelle from Texas, and my husband and I, decided not to spend our day quilting and went for a walk through the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park located just three miles Northeast of Arnold, CA on Highway 4. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=551 Here we are standing on a stump of a tree that is so massive that square dances were once held on it.
The diameter of the tree is measured 4.5' off the ground. A couple of the trees in this park are over 30' in diameter. We needed about eight more quilters to complete the circle around this one!
Resistant to fire, wind is the worst enemy of the trees. You can actually walk through some of the fallen trees.
Early on, a horse and buggy could pass right through this tree. (Left to right, Lynn, Melissa, Ann and Michelle.)
Conveniently placed along the trail are benches that are tilted back. You can recline and gaze upon the spectacular redwoods without hurting your neck.
This is what was right in front of us. The trees are named Mother and Son.
"Toto, we aren't in Kansas anymore!"
We had a good day of fresh air, scenic beauty and companionship. Life is good.