I think the caption on this post in Lynn Catlett’s, “You know you are from Mendocino if ……..” says it all:
First, where is Leggett? Leggett (formerly, Leggett Valley) is a place in Mendocino County, California. It is located on the South Fork of the Eel River 17 miles northwest of Laytonville, at an elevation of 984 feet. You can get there from Fort Bragg (the home of our club’s Model Railroad Layout) via a VERY twisty State Route 1, whose northern terminus with U.S. Route 101 is just outside the community. How big is it? The town of Leggett includes a single gas station, K-12 school, a convenience store, pizza parlor, fire station and Drive-Thru Tree. The Drive-thru tree is named the Chandelier Tree.
It is a VERY large Redwood:
Can you really drive through it? Yes, and you have been able to do so for many years. Look at the age of the cars in the gallery below:
If there was no ready at hand supply of water for the steam donkey that a mule brought water in paniers from the nearest water source. Here’s a mule at work …..
How long have “our” coastal redwoods existed? Well, a search for diamonds in Canada’s far north turned up a rare fossil — a chunk of a redwood sealed in volcanic rock more than 50 million years ago. A search for diamonds in Canada’s far north turned up a rare fossil — a chunk of a redwood sealed in volcanic rock more than 50 million years ago. A study of the well-preserved specimen, which also contains a sliver of amber, shows that the now-icy region where it was found had a swampier past. The wood was found a few years ago in a kimberlite pipe, named the Panda pipe, over 1,000 feet below Earth’s surface at the Ekati diamond mine, just south of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the researchers say.
As Peanuts would say – “Good grief”.
The tallest living tree stands at 367 feet, 6 in, or five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty. It is the Mendocino Tree, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found at Montgomery State Reserve near Ukiah, California, USA. It is estimated to be over 1000 years old. The tree was last measured in September 1998, and was also found to have a diameter of 10 ft. 4 in. It was declared the tallest tree in 1996. More recently other redwoods have found to be taller.
My kids loved having adventures with their dad. They even had teeshirts which said, “I survived adventures with my dad.” Some of our adventures were hairier than than what was good for me let alone them. Anyway, when daughter Holly came from Connecticut to visit she wanted an “adventure.”
Notwithstanding having lived here (Fort Bragg, CA.) since 2000 I had never visited Montgomery Woods. So a visit to Montgomery Woods was mooted. Getting there isn’t real easy:
“From Mendocino go 30 miles east on Comptche-Ukiah Road and pass through Comptche (it’s tiny – if you blink you’ll miss it). Continue on as it becomes Orr Hot Springs Road, a scenic, winding and poorly maintained country road. Park in the lot of the Mendocino Woods State Park on the right just east of a small bridge.”
We stopped for a libation and snack in Mendocino and off we trooped. It was well worth the effort of getting there.
I love big trees. One of my great pleasures is taking a drive to Eureka and stopping in at the Avenue of the Giants. I like it best when it’s pouring rain!!!
This pic shows, in part, why I like them so much – you stand by an old redwood and you are standing next to over a thousand years of history. Look at this pic to get the idea:
Amazing isn’t it. I don’t know how old the trees are in the gallery below apart from a lot. Alas I have few details of where they were located or cut. Double click on any one to set the gallery in action.
These were taken by Jerry (Gerald F.) Beranek or his friends – they were climbing an old one that Gerry had located for fun. Whilst up the tree they made it “look beautiful”.
These pics were taken getting there and from the top of the tree Gerry and his friends climbed
I have lived just north of Fort Bragg since 2000, Wife Sarah, the kids and I used to come to the Mendocino Coast for at least ten years before we moved here. Never, in all that time, have I heard of the Doust (aka the Shrine Tree????). Yes, we have driven through the Chandelier Tree at Leggett at least ten times but the Doust tree?????????????
From what I can find out the Doust Tree is situated between Myers Flat and Miranda in the Avenue of the Americas. Next time we go up to Eureka I will spend some time looking for it. If anyone has recent pictures I’d be happy to see them.