Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Redwood Grove Loop Trail

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Tall and straight, the leaves of these giant sentinels brush the sky.  These ancient redwoods are the guardians of the earth.  They provide our blood with oxygen and our souls with beauty.  I never tire of walking among them and last week, I jumped at the chance to do so.

These trees are located just outside Santa Cruz, California.  It is tourism that saved this grove of old growth redwoods.  Not many are left.  It is yet one more reason why travel is so vital to both the economy and to the conservation of our natural wonders.

In 1846, the first owner of this tract of land built a lumber mill and cut down many of the trees.  Ownership changed hands many times but the trees continued to fall, one by one.  Fortunately, in 1867, another man bought about 350 acres from the loggers and built a vacation resort, attracting tourists new to the state who wanted to see these giant redwoods before they were all gone.  Of course, they were awed.  Many important people like Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison traveled to California to see these wonders for themselves.  Soon a movement swept the country to save, not only these trees, but much of the virgin forestland that covered the western states.  Today, this historical place is now part of the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  Other redwood groves throughout the state were also saved.  
So get out there and travel.
Save a tree!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, love these pics, have been to sequoia and saw the redwoods. unbelievable and unforgettable!