Where We Are in 30 Seconds! – (Sequoia National Park)

Sequoiadendron giganteum  is the sole living species in the genus Sequoiadendron, and one of three species of coniferous trees known as redwoods, classified in the family Cupressaceae in the subfamily Sequoioideae, which includes the Coastal Redwood (The tallest trees on earth!). The common use of the name “sequoia” generally refers to Sequoiadendron, which occurs naturally only in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.   *From Wikipedia*

Natalie meets an AVERAGE-sized Sequoia.

At one time these trees grew in vast groves along the Sierra Nevada all through present day California; however, our lust for rapid development and the timber that supported it, masked the stoic, yet gentile wisdom of these trees. Growing more than 40 feet in diameter and nearly 300 feet tall, with nearly uniform thickness from root to tip, the largest of these trees is also the most massive living thing on Planet Earth.

Unfortunately for many of the trees, they were used for more than lumber. Tunnels, bowling alleys, dance floors, and even homes were constructed from single logs. Hale Thorp was one such benefactor. Luckily for this Sequoia, it had fallen of natural causes and was not cut for this uncommon purpose….. Natalie explains:

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