Armstrong Redwoods

...or Armstrong Redwoods State Park. 805 acres of magnificent stately coast redwoods or Sequioa sempervirens located in Sonoma County just north of Guerneville.

This was more of an afterthought after a full day of sightseeing along scenic Sonoma Coast we decided to take a road well travelled by us. We thought driving through Guerneville and seeing about this state park that we only learned existed a couple of hours would be nice end to this beautiful day. We barely made it to the closing time. We asked if we could just take a peek and walk around a bit. We will definitely be back this summer.

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The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870s. A half-mile (800 m) walk from the park entrance. [wiki]

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Walking under these giant trees is soothing and meditative. It enables the soul to relax and the mind to breathe in and out toxins from daily life. I cannot fathom anyone who spends time here with these magnificent trees and not believe in Higher Powers - but that's just me, you know.

More info about the park here.


This is my entry for this week's MY WORLD (#110).

Comments

  1. A 1400 year-old tree is mind boggling, and deserves respect. How lucky for us that Col. Armstrong saved that patch of forest.

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  2. Nice state park, I like the name of that oldest tree there ;-) I never heard of Guerneville in California maybe I used to live in Southern Cali and not familiar in the northern part ;-) I hope we can visit Northern Cali this summer, thanks for sharing I love the shots

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  3. Great series of some incredible trees!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. whoa, such towering trees! I was suddenly transported back to my childhood when I would go tree-planting with my mom and her colleagues (DENR)...

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  5. I too love walking among the redwood giants! Wonderful photos!

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  6. The redwood forest is so pretty and they are beautiful trees. Wonderful photos.

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  7. Awesome giant trees.

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  8. Those are incredible trees. Great photos!

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  9. whoa......those trees are majestic!

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  10. what a beautiful park but it looks kinda eerie to me.

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  11. Thank you for this interesting journey.
    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

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  12. Fantastic shots of a magnificent forest.

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  13. I can’t even begin to imagine a 1400 year old tree......an awesome accomplishment. This must be one unbelievable park. I am sure your short walk about will not be enough and you all will return. I certainly would. Your photos are wonderful and the trees are majestic and oh, so tall.

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  14. Stupendous trees of an unimaginable size. I'm so glad you went to see them, and that you're now sharing them with us. Your photos are wonderful.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  15. Amazing place. The size of the trees awes me.

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  16. Beautiful shots. The park does have huge trees.

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  17. wow..amazing place. I just love tall trees! the third photo looks quite interesting. have a good week!

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  18. I haven't visited this park though we have been to several of the redwood parks. I think my favorite is Prarie Creek.

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  19. wow, these are magnificent! a 1400-old tree, amazing. i wish i'd have a chance to walk under these trees.

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  20. this post reminds me of sequoia national park in california where huge trees also reign.

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  21. Amazing trees in a beautiful park. I bet fairies there come out and play on a full-moon night :)

    Inside Cambodia

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  22. I see you, next time show your beautiful face?

    Amazing trees.

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  23. belle promenade et la troisieme photo est assez surprenant

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  24. huge trees but as you said good to meditate there. How is he related to Neil Armstrong btw?

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  25. Your fine series make it abundantly clear why you want to return soon to check out this park more fully. It looks like a great place to shoot. Nice post...of a place I've not heard of before.

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  26. Great photos, a true ode to Nature. Always take care of those woods.

    Regards

    Valery

    [Barcelona Daily Photo]

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  27. I adore these redwoods. You made the most of your few minutes in the park. Do go back; I intend to!

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  28. wow gigantic trees! kala ko isa lang. isang pamilya sila!

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  29. The first time I saw the Sequoias, Maria, I think my jaw was on the ground the entire time. It's hard to fathom trees that big and old. Thanks for reminding us of why most of us DO believe in a Higher Power, surely!

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  30. I saw you! The giant trees are reminiscent of Twilight (haha) and the mandmade forest in Bohol.

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  31. the circular wood formation actually loked like a big sea urchin.

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  32. I always wanted to visit a Sequoia park and I hope not to die before I'll do it. :-) What an amazing place! Great photos.

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  33. Great series, Maria. Very nice trees there!

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  34. pretty incredible trees considering how old some of them are !

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