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If you've never been to the Redwoods of Northern California and Oregon I suggest you go. Seeing one of these massive trees that was most likely standing in the same spot when the Roman's were having gladiator fights is truly awesome.
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Some of these trees stand taller than the Statue of Liberty.

As many of you know I live in Southern California where Redwoods are not indigenous. The climate is too warm and dry for them. Or is it? There is a little known secret that we do have some Redwoods in So Cal. Since the climate is not suited for them they don't get as big as the Nor Cal Redwoods but many of them stand over 100 feet tall.

How did they get here? It's actually a crazy story. In 1970, a local bank gave away redwood seedlings to people opening accounts (kinda like a free toaster). After the promotion ended the bank donated the leftovers to the county. Rangers planted those seedlings and they grew into 241 trees. These are the only non-native successful redwood grove in Southern California.

I went there this morning and here are a couple pics.

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I have done some hiking in the Redwoods. I highly recommend it.
 

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ride the Skunk Train .... spent plenty of time around Eureka and Willetts - just need to watch where you drive on the backroads ....
 

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I used to hike back to the So California redwoods all the time but haven't been in years. I'm still pretty close so thank you. You motivated me to take the kids soon!


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The Northern California redwood are awesome. On a trip to San Fran I made a point to do a walk thru and I know they will leave you in awe.
 

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I think I have an old B&W print of one of my Dad's old early 50's car in that Redwood with the tunnel carved thru it, I wonder if it is still there?

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I think I have an old B&W print of one of my Dad's old early 50's car in that Redwood with the tunnel carved thru it, I wonder if it is still there?

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It is still there. I just saw it in a commercial for some car or truck.
 
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