Big Trees State Park, California (more places to go and see)
Trail: North Grove Trail
I rarely take photos of Homo sapiens, but it is difficult to appreciate the sense of scale without it. Here are some photos of my travel partner. Big Trees State Park was first reported by a miner chasing a bear for rations; though he came across sequoias so large that the miner forgot about his injured prey. Initially, no one believed him, though when they did, it became an instant attraction. Some one cut down one of the largest trees in the forest in hopes of making it an attraction in New York; though it was a financial disaster, as no one believed such trees could exist.
These sequoias take thousands of years to grow; according to a documentary I watched, they use to be common during the Jurassic period until the Ice Age killed nearly all of them off with the exception of three species in California and Southern China. Even this forest was threatened to being logged; luckily, a group of activist lobbied for it to be saved.
Sorry for the poor image quality, all I have is a cellphone.