Armstrong State Park

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Christy has wanted to see the giant redwoods since she was a (cute) little schoolgirl singing:

“From the redwood forest to the gulfstream waters,

This land was made for you and me!”

Finally, she made it…giddy as that little schoolgirl from (so very, very, very) long ago. (Who’s writing this post?! There should only be one “very!”)

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And the children who recently finished their botany studies were just as enthusiastic (and significantly more photogenic).

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What an amazing learning experience and real-life application of their studies!

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Learning about the redwood trees’ shallow root systems.
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Matching the timeline of the tree with our history studies.

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It’s really ridiculous to try to take pictures of the botanical giants, as you can tell by Christy’s disappointing panorama pics:

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Photos do not do the trees justice, but here are a few paltry attempts to grasp their magnificence.

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Bunch of squirrels in a tree.

 

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The squirrels left a nut behind.
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Ring around the redwood, pocket full of…uhhhh.
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This tree was already down when we got there. We didn’t do it!

 

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“It’s not a tumor!”

 

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Partial fairy ring, where the trees regrow around the original trunk which has fallen.

 

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No mere mortal camera can capture the majesty of these trees!

 

And the little guys:

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Don’t forget to look down at the intricate beauty on the forest floor.

Just so you know…

When standing at the sign that says “Listen for the sound of the acorn woodpecker,” you may coincidentally hear the sound of the acorn woodpecker. This is not a recording piped through hidden speakers. We asked. Forest rangers just adore us!

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