Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Quinault Lake Spruce

While driving east on the South Shore Road of Quinault Lake, we saw this sign.  How could we not stop?

There are many such champions in the Olympic National Park area.  When rainfall is measured in "feet" rather than "inches" the Douglas Firs, Cedars and Sitka Spruces just keep on growing, growing and growing, competing with the Redwoods and Sequoias down south.  All these giant trees continue to cause a sense of awe in both me and my travel buddy.  We will never get tired of seeing them.  We cradle our tiny human bodies in the curves of their roots and look up with admiration.  These trees are the guardians of our planet.  They will outlast us all by hundreds of decades.

There is a sign claiming this Spruce is the "World's Largest".  It is 191 ft. tall and about 1,000 years old.  There are other Sitka Spruces in the world with more volume, but seriously . . . I'm beginning to realize none of these facts matter.  

All of these giants are truly magnificent.

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