It’s been pretty mild for the past few days. We have been taking advantage of the weather by catching up on some long overdue walking. While I don’t walk nearly as far as some people would like me to (eh hem), I do my share. Over the past two days, we covered about five miles, which isn’t too shabby.
During today’s return from our midpoint, I looked up at a very tall White Pine tree and said, “How tall you think that tree is?” The tree I was looking at was straight ahead of us and the only other tree nearly that tall was to our left. I attempted to compare the two and came up with a height of both of them between 80 – 100 feet. Ask my how I arrived at those numbers and you won’t get an answer. I have no idea.
After a few more steps, I asked, “How tall is a redwood tree?” I was told that the tree I was currently looking at was an inch compared to a mighty redwood. I gave an internal snicker and promised to research the height of redwood trees the next time I was in front of a computer.
Guess what? I found out how tall redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees are, but better yet, I found out the world’s tallest tree. It’s called Hyperion and it’s located in the Redwoods National Park in Humboldt County, California. The tree measures (literally) 379 feet, which is almost six stories higher than the Statue of Liberty.
Check out these videos below. I am amazed to think that the enormous tree I was looking at today was about one quarter the height of the world’s tallest tree.
Tallest tree found in Redwood National Park (Part 1)
Tallest tree found in Redwood National Park (Part 2)